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Senator John Thune, R-S.D., recently met with officials of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and other experts to discuss the development of wind power generation in South Dakota. He also met with officials of the Western Area Power Administration in Watertown, S.D., to discuss transmission bottleneck issues and wind power development.

"The message is loud and clear that South Dakotans want to fully develop wind power in concert with cellulosic and corn-based ethanol, hydroelectric power generation and other potential alternative energy possibilities the state of South Dakota enjoys," comments Thune. "The federal government needs to ensure that transmission bottlenecks that limit the development of wind power in rural areas are adequately addressed and eliminated."

In the past, Thune has been a consistent supporter of promoting wind power development through the use of the wind power tax credit. For instance, he supported the one-year extension of the credit through Dec. 31, 2008, as part of the Tax Relief and Healthcare Act of 2006.

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