Sharing the Wind
The Environmental Forum, Vol. 27, No. 5, pp. 30-33, September/October 2010
6 Pages Posted: 5 Apr 2011
Date Written: April 4, 2011
Landowners today are increasingly selling or leasing to others the right to use the wind flowing across their land to generate electric power. For the first time in history, the right to capture wind in some areas of the country has become marketable and highly lucrative. This article describes landowner conflicts over the wind turbine wake interference in the context of commercial wind energy development. The article contrasts wind currents with water, oil, and wild animals and ultimately advocates an “option approach” to govern situations when neighbors compete with each other over scarce wind resources.
Keywords: energy, wind, turbiine
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