Maple Ridge, the largest wind "farm" in the eastern U.S. is a joint venture between John Baldacci's Avangrid and EDP Renewables, the latter partially owned by the People's Republic of China. China is trying to buy the entire company. http://www.windtaskforce.org/profiles/blogs/will-we-allow-communist...
Maple Ridge owners seeking assessment reductions on wind farm
LOWVILLE – The owners of Maple Ridge Wind Farm are seeking to have the assessments on the project’s Lewis County properties reduced by hundreds of millions of dollars.
Flat Rock Windpower LLC and Flat Rock Windpower II LLC have filed tax certiorari actions in state Supreme Court challenging the assessments on its nearly 200 wind turbines and associated transmission lines spread across the towns of Martinsburg, Harrisburg, Lowville and Watson.
According to court filings, the companies’ properties currently have an assessed value of about $565 million. The companies are claiming the total assessed values should be $18.3 million, a nearly 97 percent reduction.
The companies base their proposed reduction in values on a claim that the assessments are illegal, the court complaint states. They contend that the assessments “include personal property or moveable machinery and equipment” that is not considered “real property” for purposes of real property taxation under state Real Property Tax Law.
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