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Oregon to review $30M in tax credits for wind farm

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 24, 2013 at 2:16 pm •  Published: February 24, 2013
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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The state Department of Energy says it will review whether a major wind farm in central Oregon should receive $30 million in tax credits.

Officials decided to review their recent approval of the tax breaks for the Shepherd's Flat wind farm after The Oregonian newspaper raised questions about whether it should have qualified (http://bit.ly/X4B6yY ).

Shepherd's Flat is a collection of 338 turbines in Gilliam and Morrow counties. The Oregonian questioned whether it should have received multiple Business Energy Tax Credits under state rules governing what constitutes a "separate and distinct" renewable energy facility.

Some wind farm developers have subdivided their projects to garner multiple tax credits. The tax credits have drained state coffers of millions of dollars that might otherwise pay for schools and other public services.

The owner of Shepherd's Flat, New York-based Caithness Energy, insists the farm was developed as three separate projects each entitled to a $10 million credit.