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WIND BUDGET HALVED

Next year's wind budget will not be settled for some time yet -- but one leading wind lobbyist expects a final funding level of about $25-$35 million, only about half of the budget appropriation for the current year which is significantly higher at $49 million. For next year, fiscal year 1996 which starts in October, the US Senate has already approved wind funds of $42 million. For its part, the House of Representatives has passed a less-generous level of $20 million, which should be boosted however by an additional $10 million -- or even $20 million, although that is less likely -- from the extra $45 million for renewables from the so-called Klug amendment. A conference of members of both houses on Capitol Hill must now iron out the difference between the two amounts for wind research and development funding. In mid August, the America Wind Energy Association's Mike Marvin of the said he expected wind ultimately to get in the "high 20s to low 30s" in millions of dollars.

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