FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Our Wind Energy Tax Policy – What it Means for the Industry and for Communities


Equality State Policy Center

Marissa Carpio

May 01, 2024


Our Wind Energy Tax Policy – What it Means for the Industry and for Communities

Cheyenne, WY — On Wednesday, May 29th at Noon, the grassroots initiative Wyoming Tax Facts and the Equality State Policy Center will co-host a Tax Facts: Lunch & Learn webinar on Wyoming’s renewable energy industry with Kara Fornstrom, Director of the Center for Energy Regulation and Policy Analysis at the University of Wyoming.

As world markets and Wyoming’s electricity providers shift away from coal, wind is seen as Wyoming’s most viable renewable energy source available today. With large wind farms springing up across our landscape, the taxation of this resource has become a focal point for policymakers, industry stakeholders, and the public. Director Fornstrom will walk us through the complexities surrounding the renewable energy industry, and how Wyoming is looking for ways to capture revenue from it. 

“Tax revenues from fossil fuels have been our bread and butter for 50 years,” says Sue Sommers, founder of Wyoming Tax Facts. “Since no single resource can replace the historic value and reliability of our coal deposits, Wyoming faces an uncomfortable challenge. Policymakers looking for ways to broaden our tax base see wind energy as one avenue to help safeguard our state’s economic future.”

Join us as we review Wyoming’s expanding renewable energy landscape, explore how it is taxed now versus potential policy changes, and discuss the economic implications for the industry and Wyoming residents. Whether you’re a concerned citizen, policymaker, or industry professional,  this webinar offers valuable insights into a topic that is shaping the future of energy – and the future of revenues supporting state and local services – in Wyoming.

For helpful background on this webinar topic, we invite you to read this April 9, 2024 article at Inside Climate News

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Wyoming Tax Facts is a grassroots coalition of Wyomingites committed to a stable economic future by increasing tax literacy in our communities and promoting tax reform. Wyoming Tax Facts is a sponsored project of the Wyoming Community Foundation.

The Equality State Policy Center is a coalition of social justice, labor, and conservation groups working to improve the lives of all of Wyoming’s people through transparent government, fair elections, and thriving communities. For more information, visit

For over 30 years the Wyoming Community Foundation (WYCF) has connected people who care with causes that matter to build a better Wyoming. WYCF has granted more than $100 million to charitable causes while also providing a variety of supports to nonprofit agency fund holders.

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