Lawmakers in Wyoming rejected a bill on Monday that would have increased the state's tax on wind energy production tax from $1 per megawatt-hour to $5 per MWh. Power Co. of Wyoming Vice President Roxane Perruso praised the decision, adding that the bill would have made its planned Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project less competitive.
Wyoming's Joint Agriculture, State and Public Lands, and Water Resources Interim Committee will decide Sept. 14 whether to approve or reject a resolution that would ask Congress to enact a national biotech food labeling law. "We are trying to avoid a patchwork of different state laws, and we want to do that by getting something done nationally," said state Rep. Robert McKim, a Republican and co-chair of the committee.
Wyoming this week approved a request by Two Elk to delay construction for the seventh time on its coal-fired power plant project. Construction of the $800 million plant has been rescheduled for January.
Wyoming state lawmakers are considering legislation that would require some colleges to provide remedial courses for free. A separate bill would require public school districts to pay the fees for remedial courses for some students -- a move that supporters say would place the responsibility on school districts to properly prepare students for college-level work.
The Wyoming House of Representatives voted to extend to 2015 the freeze on eminent domain of property for so-called "wind collector systems," which carry power from wind farms to electrical substations. The Wyoming Power Producers Coalition was disappointed by the House's decision, saying the bill is unfair to independent power producers, since public utilities can be exempted from the moratorium.