Lawmaker proposes wind excise tax

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Two bills are being drafted that would change the way wind energy is taxed and the revenue is distributed in Wyoming.

State Republican Rep. Tim Stubson, of Casper, is drafting a bill that would combine the $1-per-megawatt-hour wind energy tax and the sales tax on wind energy equipment into a single $3-per-megawatt-hour excise tax.

Stubson tells the Casper Star-Tribune that his proposal would bring in slightly more revenue and encourage growth in Wyoming's wind energy industry.

The Wyoming Power Producers Coalition supports the proposal.

Meanwhile, state Democratic Rep. Jim Roscoe, of Wilson, is writing a different bill that would divert part of the excise tax revenue to help wildlife affected by wind farms.