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Wyoming lawmakers eye end to tax break for new wind projects

 FILE - This May 6, 2013 file photo shows a wind turbine farm owned by PacifiCorp near Glenrock, Wyo. Bigger, more efficient equipment will allow a western U.S. electric utility to redevelop an aging Wyoming wind farm with far fewer turbines while generating the same amount of power. Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp plans to replace 68 wind turbines at the Foote Creek I wind farm with 13 turbines over the next year. (AP Photo/Matt Young)
FILE - This May 6, 2013 file photo shows a wind turbine farm owned by PacifiCorp near Glenrock, Wyo. Bigger, more efficient equipment will allow a western U.S. electric utility to redevelop an aging Wyoming wind farm with far fewer turbines while generating the same amount of power. Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp plans to replace 68 wind turbines at the Foote Creek I wind farm with 13 turbines over the next year. (AP Photo/Matt Young) (KGWN)
Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 11:45 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers are discussing whether to end a tax break on new wind energy projects.

The Legislature’s Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Committee voted 6-5 Friday to draft a bill that would eliminate a three-year electricity tax moratorium for new wind projects. The committee plans to take up the proposal again in November. The Casper Star-Tribune reports Wyoming imposes a $1 per megawatt hour tax on wind energy after the three-year grace period.

Proponents say lifting the moratorium would raise much-needed revenue. Skeptics say repeal would raise costs for consumers and discourage investment in wind power.

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