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Wyoming rejects tax on wind energy that will likely be sold in California

Wyoming rejects tax on wind energy that will likely be sold in California

The answer is apparently not blowing in the wind. At least not in Wyoming. At least not for the state’s Republican-led Legislature, which has spent months looking for ways to close a multimillion-dollar gap in the state budget.

Roiled by declining revenue from the trifecta of fossil fuels – oil, coal and natural gas – state lawmakers this spring turned their attention to a relatively untapped source of energy in Wyoming that is clean, abundant and suddenly in demand: the big winds that blow down from the Rocky Mountains.

The plan, advanced by an interim joint revenue committee, was to raise the state wind energy production tax – the...

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