Tax row dents Wyoming's confidence in wind developers
"They've said it to the legislative committees. They've said it to the Industrial Siting Council. And then suddenly when the first time comes to pay, here come the blue suits, the lawyers, and say, ‘Oops; never mind. All of that stuff we have been saying, we didn't mean it.'"
September 13, 2010
by James Cartledge
in Brighter Energy
A blazing row in Wyoming over property taxes requested from four Duke Energy wind farms could now make it harder to develop other wind projects in the state.
When it was seeking permits for the four wind farms in Converse and Laramie Counties, North Carolina-based Duke Energy had estimated the facilities would raise a combined $40 million in taxes.
But now the wind farms are built it is appealing attempts by local officials to collect the money.
Now, Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal has warned state and local officials, along with the public at large, against "whole-heartedly adopting the promises made by companies" in... [continue via Web link]