Sweetwater County boosts wind permitting fees

Rock Springs, WY – Sweetwater County will significantly increase the cost of wind turbine construction permits for commercial wind farms. The cost will rise from $50-dollars per turbine to $2,000.

The county also is increasing the cost of a construction use permit from $100 to a $5,000 base fee plus $100 per turbine.

Those changes are expected to significantly add to the cost of one company's plans to put 237 wind turbines in White Mountain in
Sweetwater County.

County officials last year rejected an application to put up turbines on White Mountain. County land use planner John Barton says the company has not submitted another application and would have to pay the new fees if it filed again.