Title 32: Taxation and Finance
Chapter 135: EDUCATION PROPERTY TAX
32 V.S.A. § 5402c. Wind-powered electric generating facilities tax
§ 5402c. Wind-powered electric generating facilities tax
(a) A facility certified by the Commissioner of Public Service as a facility which produces electrical energy for resale, generated solely from wind power, which has an installed capacity of at least one megawatt, which was placed in service after January 1, 2007, and which holds a valid certificate of public good issued under 30 V.S.A. § 248, shall be assessed an alternative education property tax on its buildings and fixtures used directly and exclusively in the generation of electrical energy from wind power.
(b) The tax shall be imposed at a rate per kWh of electrical energy produced by the certified facility, as determined by the Public Service Department for the six months ending April 30 and the six months ending October 31 each year. The rate of the tax shall be $0.003.
(c) In no case shall the tax imposed for any six-month period be less than an amount equal to the rate per kWh imposed by this subsection multiplied by the number of kWh that would be generated if the facility operated at 15 percent of the facility's average capacity factor.
(d) The tax imposed by this section shall be paid to the Commissioner of Taxes by the person or entity then owning or operating the certified facility by December 1 for the period ending October 31 and by June 1 for the period ending April 30 for deposit into the education fund. A person or entity failing to make returns or pay the tax imposed by this section within the time required shall be subject to and governed by the provisions of sections 3202 and 3203 and subchapters 8 and 9 of chapter 151 of this title.
(e) Unless buildings and fixtures are taxed under this section, they shall remain subject to taxation under section 5402 of this title. Buildings and fixtures subject to the education property tax under this section shall not be taken into account in determining the common level of appraisal for the municipality. (Added 2007, No. 92 (Adj. Sess.), § 25; amended 2011, No. 127 (Adj. Sess.), § 5, eff. Jan. 1, 2013.)