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Rail Tie Wind Project

ConnectGen is developing a 500 megawatt wind power project in southeastern Albany County.  The project will be located on private and state lands near Highway 287 outside of Tie Siding and is anticipated to be operational by the end of 2022. The Rail Tie Wind Project represents a total capital investment of more than $500 million and once operational will provide additional tax revenues for local schools, the County General Fund, and Special Districts, which will total millions of dollars over the life of the project.

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Why Albany County?

ConnectGen has identified Albany County as an ideal location for wind development. The Project will tap into Albany County’s incredible wind resource, which is one of the strongest in the western United States. Additionally, the Project will use the existing transmission system in Albany County and will not require the construction of a new transmission line. Albany County is already home to several operational wind projects, and the Rail Tie Wind Project will further strengthen the County’s growing wind energy industry.

Economic Benefits

Wind power pumps billions of dollars into the country’s economy every year, particularly in rural areas where wind farms are located. The Rail Tie Wind Project will bring economic development to Albany County by creating new jobs and providing additional long-term tax revenues. Furthermore, the project will provide annual lease payments to the participating landowners. These payments will help private landowners continue their family’s ranching traditions, and the payments to the Office of State Lands and Investments will support Wyoming’s public schools.

Supporting Local Jobs

The Rail Tie Wind Project will directly employ Wyoming workers during construction and throughout the project’s 35 year operational life. The project also will support additional secondary, “ripple effect” jobs through local spending on project materials (such as concrete, rebar, and equipment rentals), professional services such as engineering, worker per diem expenses on hotel and food, as well as spending on household goods and other services by workers living in the area.

The following numbers summarize estimated direct jobs expected to be filled by Wyoming and Albany County workers, as well as the total jobs (direct and secondary) expected to be supported in Wyoming and Albany County.

Construction and Operations Jobs Filled by Wyoming Workers

Construction
Direct Impacts

113 construction jobs
$7.4 million in one-time earnings

Total Impacts

644 jobs
$35.8 million in one-time earnings

Operations
Direct Impacts

23 permanent jobs during operations
$1.6 million in annual earnings

Total Impacts

92 jobs
$5.5 million in annual earnings

Construction and Operations Jobs Filled by Albany County Workers

Construction
Direct Impacts

77 construction jobs
$3.8 million in one-time earnings

Total Impacts

516 jobs
$20.7 million in one-time earnings

Operations
Direct Impacts

23 permanent jobs during operations
$0.9 million in one-time earnings

Total Impacts

61 jobs
$2.3 million in annual earnings

Providing Tax Revenues

The Rail Tie Wind Project will contribute significant tax revenues during construction and throughout the life of the operating wind project. The portion of these revenues to be received by Wyoming and Albany County are summarized below.

Notably, the project’s construction is estimated to contribute $14.6 million in sales and use tax to Albany County, which would be equal to nearly 80% of the total sales and use tax revenues distributed to Albany County in 2018.

Rail Tie Wind Project Tax Revenues Paid to State and County
Sales & Use Tax
(Construction, One-Time)
Sales & Use Tax
(Operations, Avg Annual)
Excise Tax on Wind Generation
(Annual)
Property Tax
(Year 1)
Total Tax Revenues over Project Life
Total$27 million$0.5 million$2.0 million$4.6 million$178.5 million
State of Wyoming$12.4 million$0.2 million$0.8 million$45.0 million
Albany County$14.6 million$0.3 million$1.2 million$4.6 million$133.5 million

About ConnectGen

ConnectGen is a renewable energy company focused on developing best-in-class wind, solar, and energy storage projects that will increase America’s supply of low-cost, domestically produced clean energy.

ConnectGen’s experienced development team has a track record of successfully identifying, developing, and constructing renewable energy projects. Our previous project successes have been built on a foundation of strong relationships with the landowners and communities hosting the projects. We are committed to working with landowners, neighbors, and all project stakeholders to safely and responsibly design and build projects that bring long-term benefits to the communities.

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