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Wind Turbine Tax Assessment Confusion

The Michigan State Tax Commission has recommended that local authorities change the way they determine the taxable value of utility scale wind turbines for purposes of paying personal property taxes on this industrial property. However, townships in Gratiot County have continued to follow the old method in assessing wind turbine taxable value. DTE Energy has filed an appeal with the Michigan Tax Tribunal to get the issue resolved. Assessors in Huron Countyhave also opted to assessed value based upon the prior methodology. Note that wind turbines are excluded from the pending legislation (passed by the Michigan Senate) to eliminate property taxes on industrial property.

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Bruce Goodman, Environmental lawyer, Varnum

Bruce practices energy law, environmental law, and construction law. His energy background includes negotiating electric power sales agreements (both for wholesale sellers of energy and for retail consumers of energy) state electric rate cases, developing municipal energy tariffs, and energy project structuring and permitting. For years, he published a blog focused on alternative energy developments in Michigan. Most recently he has been involved in various alternative energy projects, including wind energy, biofuels and solar projects.

His environmental experience includes air...