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The U.S. Senate has passed Amendment #1609, an energy transmission infrastructure amendment to the recently passed energy bill. (See "Renewable Energy Tax Package Removed From U.S. Energy Bill.")

Proposed by Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., the infrastructure amendment would encourage the creation of energy corridors to facilitate the transference of wind energy generated in South Dakota to high-demand areas, according to Thune’s office.

"This legislation is critical to promoting the development of wind energy in South Dakota and around the country. As the windiest state in the nation, South Dakota will greatly benefit from these provisions. Today's vote in the Senate is a major step in the direction of clean, alternative energy," Thune says.


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