Wind energy flourished in Wyoming this year. But the renewable’s future here is unclear.

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A stream winds through Rocky Mountain Power’s Ekola Flats Wind Energy Project outside Medicine Bow where wind turbines are spread out across the landscape on Oct. 20. Despite developments like those in Carbon County, factors like unstable tax policies leave wind’s future in the state uncertain.

Cayla Nimmo, Star-Tribune

Camille Erickson

MEDICINE BOW — Only one multi-story building exists in this tiny town of under 300. The Virginian Hotel rises up 3 1/2 stories and sits in the heart of the town.On a late October day, an American flag in front of the hotel fought the ferocious northeast winds, as they cut through a nearby valley. Just beyond the quintessential Wyoming town, other, newer structures have recently been erected: wind turbines.The fleet of them majestically stand tall across the horizon. Springing up throughout the sagebrush plains, the turbines dwarf Medicine Bow’s historic hotel. The enormous blades of the new turbines swoop in languid circles, keeping time with the wind.The domineering addition to the town’s surrounding slopes makes sense in a lot of ways. For one, the area boasts some of the highest classes of wind in the world.Online wind energy capacity has grown substantially across Wyoming this …

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