Boise, Idaho [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Idaho Governor C. L. “Butch” Otter signed two bills into law to encourage wind energy development in Idaho. The first, House Bill 130, clears the way for wind farms on state endowment lands. Royalties received from wind power generation will directly benefit Idaho schools. The second, House Bill 189, restructures the method of personal property taxation to ease the burden on Idaho wind farms in the early years of operation. Both bills cleared the legislature without a dissenting vote. These bills add to previous renewable energy legislation, also sponsored by Ridgeline, which was enacted in 2005. In January 2007 Rayhill received Governor Otter’s Renewable Energy Award in recognition for his contributions to the growth of wind energy in Idaho. Ridgeline Energy is a leading developer of renewable energy projects with forty-nine projects under current development in seven western states, including Idaho.