Idaho Panel Advances Wind Energy Moratorium

Feb 28, 2012

BOISE, Idaho — A controversial bill that would stop the wind energy industry for two years has narrowly passed an Idaho House panel.

The House Local Government Committee passed the measure late Wednesday. The vote followed nearly four hours of testimony from supporters and opponents.

This bill doesn’t do away with government subsidies for wind farms. But it does put the brakes on an industry that has seen tremendous growth over the past several years.

Republican lawmaker Christy Perry opposed the bill. She said it would harm those developers and landowners who had been involved in the expansion of wind farms in Idaho.

House member Lenore Hardy-Barrett supported the bill. She said it would slow down the industry’s use of subsidies meant to offset the cost of establishing wind farms.

The bill now goes to the Idaho House.

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