Opposition to Higher Wyoming Wind Taxes
RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — Opposition is growing across Wyoming to any increase in the state's wind-generation tax.
The Wyoming Association of Municipalities, Carbon County Commissioners and others are opposed proposals by state lawmakers to raise taxes.
Wyoming lawmakers are considering two measures that would impact the taxes. One would increase the current tax of $1 per megawatt hour of wind produced in Wyoming, and another would require wind companies to provide a portion of the federal Production Tax Credits they receive.
Officials warn any big increase could cause the Power Company of Wyoming to suspend development of its Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project.
Opponents are also worried the increased taxes would reduce the number of jobs available.