IDAHO BILL WOULD PUT A MORATORIUM ON WIND PROJECTS
A bill to declare a two-year moratorium on wind development was introduced to the Idaho Legislature earlier this week. H.B. 265 would place a ban on the approval and construction of industrial wind farms and turbines until July 13, 2013, during which time an interim legislative committee would study various wind-related issues, including the effects of wind development on wildlife and the ability of the state's electrical utilities to integrate wind power, and provide recommendations to update the Idaho Energy Plan. The moratorium could also extend to wind projects that are already developed but have not received all required permits from municipalities.