The extension of the wind-energy Production Tax Credit has given a boost to wind-power plans in the Texas Panhandle, executives said. "It has us dusting off projects we had put on the shelf," said Walt Hornaday, chairman and president of Cielo Wind Energy. "I was impressed wind was in the bill with big-ticket items like Medicaid and the Farm Bill. It used to be wind wouldn't have a chance to be included."

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