BPC Action Applauds Introduction Wind Energy Research Development Act 2019 in Energy and Environment

BPC Action commends Reps. Tonko (D-NY), Bacon (R-NE), Kennedy (D-MA), and Fortenberry (R-NE) for the introduction of the Wind Energy Research and Development Act of 2019, H.R. 3609. We commend the Congressional support for improving and expanding wind energy generation in the United States.

As we look to increase the incorporation of clean energy in the grid, innovation is key to greater technical efficiency and economic growth. Wind power plays an important part in protecting our environment and producing economic benefits. The legislation authorizes the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Wind Energy for five years. Further, it directs the Secretary of Energy to improve the energy efficiency, reliability, and capacity of wind energy generation; optimize the design and control of wind energy systems; reduce the costs of permitting, construction, operation, and maintenance; improve the manufacturing and engineering of wind turbines; and better integrate wind power into hybrid energy systems. This legislation would also address grid integration challenges and permitting issues that stifle widespread adoption of wind power.

BPC Action looks forward to working with Congress to pass this important bill.