Wyoming Lawmakers Push for Higher Taxes on Wind-Generated Electricity

first_imgWyoming Lawmakers Push for Higher Taxes on Wind-Generated Electricity FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Laura Hancock for the Casper Star Tribune:A group of lawmakers, accusing wind farms of “seeking to shut down” the coal industry, drummed up proposals Wednesday to increase taxes on the renewable energy source to raise money for education.There are 21 wind farms across Wyoming that on a blustery day can produce 1,412 megawatts of power, and a handful of additional projects in the works. But much of the discussion during the Legislature’s Joint Revenue Committee meeting at the Wyoming State Fairgrounds was on how the industry has allegedly contributed to the decline of coal.The committee ultimately ordered its nonpartisan staff to draft two bills that would increase taxes on wind. One would increase the tax per megawatt hour of wind produced in Wyoming. The current tax is a dollar per megawatt hour. The actual amount of the change would be decided by the committee later.The second bill that will be drafted would require wind companies to fork over a portion of the federal production tax credit they receive from the federal government – perhaps as much as $12 per megawatt hour. But the exact amount would also be decided later.Wind energy industry representatives told the committee in person and in written communications that increased taxes might prevent development of the industry in Wyoming. That didn’t seem to deter lawmakers.“If it kills a project, it kills a project,” said Sen. Ogden Driskill, R-Devils Tower.Full article: Legislators seek higher taxes on windlast_img