Governor Freudenthal Proposes Wind Energy Excise Tax

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - Governor Dave Freudenthal is proposing an excise tax on wind energy production in Wyoming, with 60% of revenues going to the state and 40% going to local governments. Freudenthal outlined his goals for wind industry legislation on Monday in advance of the legislative session that begins next week.

He proposes a $3 per megawatt hour excise tax on wind energy, which he says would bring the industry in line with other energy producers. Freudenthal says his office is working with lawmakers interested in sponsoring such a bill, but he didn't name them.

The Wyoming Power Producers Coalition, a group of independent wind developers, says a wind tax needs more study and shouldn't be rushed.

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