H.R. 3165: Wind Energy Research and Development Act of 2009

H.R. 3165

Wind Energy Research and Development Act of 2009

Rep. Paul Tonko

September 9, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

H.R. 3165 is being considered on the floor under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage on Wednesday, September 9, 2009. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) on July 9, 2009. The bill was referred to the Committee on Science and Technology, and reported out of the Committee by voice vote on July 29, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.R. 3165 would direct the Secretary of Energy to carry out a program of research and development to improve the energy efficiency and reliability of wind turbines; optimize the design and adaptability of wind energy systems; and reduce the cost of construction, generation, and maintenance of wind energy systems.

The bill also directs the Secretary to conduct a wind energy demonstration program, ensuring that the program is big enough to measure wind energy system performance in the U.S.; conducted in collaboration with industry; and that information gathered is used to encourage the research and development of wind turbine technology.

The bill authorizes $200 million for each of the fiscal years 2010 through 2014 to carry out these new programs.


CBO estimates that implementing the legislation would cost $880 million over a five year period and $120 million after 2014. Enacting the legislation would not affect direct spending or revenues.