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Wind Power News: Wyoming


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

November 24, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Revenue committee weighs hiking Wyoming’s wind energy tax

Wyoming lawmakers charged with finding new revenue sources for the state will draft a last-minute bill to increase the tax on electricity generated from wind turbines in the state. Rep. Timothy Hallinan, R-Gillette, plans to present a bill draft at an upcoming Joint Revenue Committee meeting scheduled for Dec. 17-18, according to comments made Friday. The proposed legislation could double the state’s wind generation tax. As it stands, Wyoming already charges a $1 per megawatt hour electricity tax on wind . . . Complete story »

November 18, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Bill to lift wind energy tax grace period advances

Wyoming lawmakers narrowly voted to advance a bill last week to increase the electricity tax burden on wind energy producers in the state. After impassioned public comment on the topic, the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions sent a bill to next year’s legislative session that would eliminate a three-year electricity tax moratorium available to new wind energy projects. The change would eliminate the three-year grace period from the $1 per megawatt hour electricity tax now available . . . Complete story »

November 13, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wind industry faces loss of tax exemption

The Joint Corporations, Elections & Political Subdivisions Committee voted to sponsor and move forward with a bill that would effectively raise the tax on generating wind energy in Wyoming. The bill removes the three year tax exemption given to companies before a $1 per megawatt hour tax sets in. The committee heard over two hours of testimony, most of which was opposed to the bill. Developers, advocates, local businesses and residents argued the industry is a bright revenue spot and . . . Complete story »

November 12, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Planning commission approves revisions to wind regs

The Albany County Planning and Zoning Commission approved changes to the county’s commercial wind energy siting regulations during a meeting Tuesday, and those proposed changes will now go before the Board of Commissioners. A couple times during the meeting, members of the commission defended themselves from public criticism aimed at the commission as a whole and at individual members – a testament to public interest and concern surrounding a proposed wind development near Tie Siding. Scrutiny of the county’s regulations became . . . Complete story »

November 12, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Bill repealing electricity tax exemption for new wind projects advanced by committee

CHEYENNE – Despite opposition from some officials in Laramie County and elsewhere in the state, Wyoming lawmakers narrowly advanced a bill Wednesday that would make wind energy producers pay more in taxes in the first three years of new projects. The legislation, which won approval on a 7-6 vote from the Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Interim Committee, would remove a tax exemption on electricity generation that applies to new wind energy projects in their first three years of . . . Complete story »

November 11, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Setback for Albany County wind farm

Planners for a large wind farm in Albany County, located along the border with Laramie County near Vedauwoo, suffered a setback last week when the State Board of Land Commissioners refused to allow state lands to be used for the project. Houston-based ConnectGen wanted to lease 4800 acres of state land in a checkerboard pattern for its 500 megawatt Rail Tie project. The entire project would cover 26,000 acres, and include between 84 and 151 wind turbines, depending on their . . . Complete story »

November 10, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

State board declines to lease to wind energy company, raises policy considerations

The state board of land commissioners has voted against leasing land to a renewable energy company planning to build a wind farm in Albany County. Local opponents raised concerns during the public meeting about the project’s various impacts. The Texas-based energy firm, ConnectGen, is working to develop the Rail Tie Wind Project, slated to be a 500 MW wind farm in southeastern Wyoming spread over state and private land. State land comprised about 20 percent of the original plans. The company . . . Complete story »

November 8, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Reaction to wind farm denial mixed

Depending upon who you ask, the unanimous decision by State of Wyoming regulators with the Board of Land Management to deny ConnectGen – a Houston-based independent energy company – a lease to develop a wind farm in Rail Tie came as a surprise; for some it was a muted jubilation, for others, disappointment. “I would consider this a small victory,” said Paul Montoya, who is part of Albany County for Smart Energy Development – a coalition that fought against the wind turbines. Their . . . Complete story »

November 7, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines in my backyard

Southwestern Wyoming Residence near the 287 corridor headed south to Fort Collins, say they are looking to halt a wind energy project that would put wind turbines in their backyards. The State of Wyoming has 1,000 wind turbines across the Equality state. The state board of land commissioners voted unanimously against a leasing project in its first phases to add more wind energy development to SW Wyoming. “What we are looking at as far as this valley, all the way . . . Complete story »

November 6, 2020 • WyomingPrint storyE-mail story

State of Wyoming declines to grant land lease for wind energy project

After heated deliberation, Wyoming regulators voted to deny a renewable energy company a lease to build a wind farm on state land in Albany County on Thursday, after members of the public expressed concern the development would compromise scenic viewsheds. ConnectGen is an independent energy firm based in Houston. The developer applied to lease 4,800 acres of state land to construct part of its 500 megawatt Rail Tie wind project. Approximately 20% of the entire 26,000 acre project would have . . . Complete story »

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