Wyoming Takes on Private Wind Developers

Wyoming state senators expect to approve a measure extending a moratorium which limits the use of eminent domain for wind-energy producers. Utility companies may acquire property through eminent domain in order to provide alternative energy sources, but the private wind developers will be barred for a few more years under the provisions.


The Senate is expected to take up a measure extending a moratorium on allowing wind-energy producers to condemn property for facilities to collect and transport electricity. House Bill 40 would extend the moratorium on the use of eminent domain to 2015. The House already passed the bill last week.

Public utilities are and would remain exempt from the moratorium. Wind-industry supporters say that is unfair and the law plays a role in stifling wind energy development in Wyoming.