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Incentives/Policies for Renewable Energy

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Tax Exemption for Wind Energy Generation   

Last DSIRE Review: 04/22/2013
Program Overview:
State: West Virginia
Incentive Type: Corporate Exemption
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies: Wind
Applicable Sectors: Utility
Amount:Reduction of Business and Occupations (B&O) tax from 40% to 12% of generating capacity
Start Date:7/2001
Authority 1:
Date Enacted:
Date Effective:
W. Va. Code ยง 11-13-2o
5/2001
7/2001
Summary:

In March 2007, West Virginia enacted legislation (SB 441) amending its tax law concerning the business and operation (B&O) tax for wind turbines. Although SB 441 increased the taxable value of wind turbine generating capacity, the taxation level is still significantly lower than that of most other types of electricity generation. For most types of newly constructed electricity-generating units, the B&O tax is calculated by multiplying a pre-determined dollar amount by 40% of the nameplate capacity rating of the generating unit. However, the B&O tax on wind turbines is multiplied by only 12% of the nameplate capacity rating. This results in an effective B&O tax rate on wind powered turbines that is about 30% of the effective tax rate of most other types of newly constructed generating units.


 
Contact:
  Jeff Herholdt
West Virginia Division of Energy
Bldg. 6, Room 553
State Capitol Complex
Charleston, WV 25305-0311
Phone: (304) 558-2234
Phone 2: (800) 982-3386
Fax: (304) 558-0362
E-Mail: Jeff.h.herholdt@wv.gov
Web Site: http://www.energywv.org
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