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Impact of wind development on local economies  

Author:  | Economics, Wyoming

Overall Impacts

  • Minor to moderate construction impacts on employment pool and temporary housing stock
    • Degree of imported labor.
    • Depends on size/location of project.
    • Scheduled time of construction.
  • Permanent workforce small [~10 for 100-MW, 14-16 for 200-MW facility]
    • Majority (>50%) imported (minor population growth).
    • Salaries at or above State average.
  • Direct property tax benefits to state and county small relative to other energy resources or industries (depend on age of farm, etc).
    • Amount of tax revenues low on an enterprise basis.
    • Level of taxation high on a per job basis.
    • Depreciation affects current tax assessments.
  • May be present and future indirect impacts to property values and resource/environmental values.
    • Difficult to value.
    • Remediation costs.

Dr. Rob Godby, Chair, UW Department of Economics and Finance
Dr. Roger Coupal, Head, UW Department of Agriculture and Applied Economics

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