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CHEYENNE -- Wyoming's ban on giving wind developers eminent domain powers will likely expire this summer after legislators shelved a proposal to extend the ban.

The House Minerals Committee on Monday indefinitely postponed legislation that would have imposed another one-year moratorium on non-utility companies' ability to use eminent domain when building collector lines to wind turbine sites.

State lawmakers voted last year to create a one-year moratorium on the practice; that moratorium ends July 1.

Committee members said industry representatives had told them there were no plans to build collector lines to wind farms during the next year anyway.

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Members also offered other reasons for not extending the moratorium, including that many landowners want to sell their land to developers and that it would be unfair to ban eminent domain use for wind energy collector lines while allowing the practice for lines running to coal and gas power plants.

 

 

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