Wind energy company's appeals raise questions about state's tax, distribution approach
During a recent hearing of the Legislature's Joint Revenue Interim Committee, co-chairman John Schiffer, R-Kaycee, said he believes Duke may have knowingly supplied false information under oath in its past testimony to the Industrial Siting Council.
"Now it appears the people who testified for Duke Energy were not straightforward with their testimony, and I object to that," Schiffer said in a phone interview.
September 5, 2010
by Dustin Bleizeffer
in Casper Star-Tribune
Property taxes are one of the main selling points that wind energy companies have used to convince counties there will be a payoff for accepting up-front impacts to local services.
But when the tax bill came due for Duke Energy this year, the company went back on its promise, according to Converse County officials.
This summer, Duke Energy filed appeals of the state's property tax assessments on all four of its wind energy projects in Wyoming: Silver Sage and Happy Jack in Laramie County, Campbell Hill and Top of the World in Converse County.
Yet the state's tax assessment was almost identical to... [continue via Web link]