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Proposal: A Uniform Act for Wind Rights

Energy Committees Newsletter, vol. 8, no. 2, March 2011.

Vermont Law School Research Paper No. No. 24-13

19 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2013 Last revised: 23 Jul 2013

Laurie A. Ristino

Vermont Law School - Center for Agriculture and Food Systems; Natural Resources & Environment Journal; Climate Law Reporter

Nathaniel Giddings

Hausfeld LLP

Date Written: March 1, 2011

Abstract

This article proposes the drafting and adoption of a Uniform Act for Wind Rights. A uniform act is beneficial for several reasons. First, as a practical matter, adopting a rights regime toward the beginning of an industry’s growth is easier than imposing a regime mid-stream. Second, the adoption of a rights regime by state legislatures avoids the slow and varied assignment of rights through the courts. Finally, a uniform act serves the purpose of providing legal consistency between states, thereby lowering the costs of wind energy development.

Keywords: Wind Energy, Climate Change, property rights

Suggested Citation

Ristino, Laurie A. and Giddings, Nathaniel, Proposal: A Uniform Act for Wind Rights (March 1, 2011). Energy Committees Newsletter, vol. 8, no. 2, March 2011.; Vermont Law School Research Paper No. No. 24-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2291118 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2291118

Laurie A. Ristino (Contact Author)

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Nathaniel Giddings

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