A Wyoming legislative committee has voted against sponsoring two bills to tax wind energy development.
Power company representatives testified against the tax proposals before the Joint Revenue Committee on Wednesday. They warned the bills would increase costs for Wyoming households and hurt the state’s fledgling wind industry.
Sen. John Schiffer is a Republican from Kaycee and co-chairman of the committee. He sponsored one bill the committee rejected that would net the state about $74 million a year in new wind taxes.
Schiffer says the wind industry isn’t paying its fair share compared to the rest of Wyoming’s energy industry. He says he hasn’t decided whether to sponsor the bill on his own in the coming legislative session.
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