Idaho House to Mull Wind Project Moratorium Today

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When the Idaho Legislature reconvenes this morning, the House will again take up a proposal to place a moratorium on future wind farm projects.

"Wind energy development in Idaho has proliferated at an unprecedented rate," reads the statement of purpose from Idaho Falls Republican Rep. Erik Simpson, who successfully navigated the measure through the House Local Government Committee. Last year, a similar bill died by a 10-8 vote in the House State Affairs Committee.

The centerpiece of Simpson's new legislation would be the creation of an eight-member task force - four members each from the House and Senate - to study wind-energy development and ultimately report to the governor and Legislature in January 2014.

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