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Oregon lawmakers question triple wind tax credits

$30 million in state subsidies for a single wind farm project have Oregon lawmakers asking questions.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon lawmakers questioned state Department of Energy officials Tuesday about tax credits for the Shepherds Flat wind farm in the Columbia River Gorge.

Owners divided the farm into three entities on paper to qualify for $30 million in subsidies from state taxpayers.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/qbRxAH ) its investigation found the wind farm is a single unit, eligible for only a single $10 million tax credit.

Energy Department Director Lisa Schwartz defended her decision before the joint hearing of the House and Senate Revenue committees. The state business energy tax credit has been reformed.

The wind farm near Arlington opened in 2012. It generates electricity for a California utility.



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