What: All Issues : Environment : Global Warming : On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended: H R 3029 To establish a research, development, and technology demonstration program to improve the efficiency of gas turbines used in combined cycle power generation systems (2009 house Roll Call 911)
 Who: All Members : New York, District 2 : King, Pete
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On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended: H R 3029 To establish a research, development, and technology demonstration program to improve the efficiency of gas turbines used in combined cycle power generation systems
house Roll Call 911     Dec 01, 2009
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This was a vote to suspend the usual House rules and pass H.R. 3029, which established a research and development and demonstration program designed to improve gas turbine power generation systems. The specific purpose of the bill was to create a public-private program to improve the efficiency of natural gas turbines used in electric power systems. The bill authorized $85,000,000 in new spending for each of fiscal years 2011 through 2014.

Rep. Tonko (D-NY) was the leading supporter of the bill. He noted that the Department of Energy had a similar program in the 1990s “that led to technologies used in turbines today. Resurrecting this capability is essential if our country is going to be the energy technology leader of the world.” Tonko noted that the U.S.  “uses natural gas for nearly 20 percent of our power generation, and with the recent discovery of natural gas in different regions of our country, that percentage is most likely to grow. Efficiency is paramount in turbines . . .  The energy and fuel savings created by more efficient turbines will help ratepayers save more than a billion dollars per year in fuel costs alone . . . leading to savings in electricity costs of some $180 billion through the year 2040.”
 
Tonko concluded his remarks in support by noting the environmental benefits that will result and arguing “this bill promotes United States technology leadership, putting our country in a position to assume a greater share of the worldwide energy market by creating and retaining high-value domestic jobs in turbine manufacturing.”

No House Member spoke in opposition to the bill. However, many Republican Members had consistently criticized most new spending bills during the current session. The majority of Republican House Members also opposed this bill because it contained new funding.

The legislation passed by a vote of 266-118. Two hundred and twenty-four Democrats and forty-two Republicans voted “aye”. One hundred and seventeen Republicans and one Democrat voted “nay”. As a result, the House passed and sent to the Senate legislation establishing an r&d and demonstration program to improve gas turbine power generation systems.

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