Mead Adviser Warns Taxes Could Hurt Wnd Projects

Mead Adviser Warns Taxes Could Hurt Wnd Projects

CHEYENNE (AP) - A policy adviser to Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead says the state could lose wind energy projects if the sales tax exemption on wind energy equipment expires on schedule in January.

The Legislature's Joint Revenue Interim Committee on Thursday voted down a bill that would have continued the sales and use tax exemption on equipment used on wind energy projects in exchange for imposing lower, one-time impact fees on them.

Shawn Reese, Mead's policy director, said Friday that imposing sales and use taxes on wind energy projects would likely result in some never getting built.

Sen. Cale Case, R-Lander, is a member of the revenue committee. He said after Thursday's vote that he believes future wind farm construction depends more on the existence of transmission lines than the state's tax policy.

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