BOISE -- The Senate killed a measure to extend a sales tax rebate for alternative energy developers that dominated closed-door negotiations between utilities and wind developers for a month.

Thursday's stunning 18-17 vote against the bill to extend a sales tax rebate was part of the Senate's race to the 2011 session's finish.

This would have given most alternative energy developers a 6 percent break through 2014, while 18 wind projects would have had to have their contracts in place by this Oct. 31 to qualify.

A second half of this compromise -- to cut the size of wind and solar projects guaranteed state-set electricity prices from utilities -- was returned to committee, as Sen. Curt McKenzie said it wouldn't have been fair to consider it after the first measure had failed.

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