Wind Power Growing Pains

21 Chapman Nexus Journal of Law & Policy (2016)

U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16-02

11 Pages Posted: 21 Jan 2016 Last revised: 18 Apr 2017

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K.K. DuVivier

University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Date Written: December 1, 2015

Abstract

The United States loves wind power. Since 2004 alone, U.S. wind capacity has multiplied almost ten times — from about 6.7 gigawatts in 2004 to over 65.9 gigawatts by 2014. This growth in generation potential has been accompanied by a growth in the size of the turbines that deliver that power — from approximately 56 feet in the 1980s to over 300 feet in 2015. As the turbines and meterological or met towers push up into non-surface atmospheric weather layers and navigable airspace over 200 feet, new wake efficiency and competing legal concerns arise.

Suggested Citation

DuVivier, K.K., Wind Power Growing Pains (December 1, 2015). 21 Chapman Nexus Journal of Law & Policy (2016) ; U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 16-02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2718375 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2718375

K.K. DuVivier (Contact Author)

University of Denver Sturm College of Law ( email )

2255 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
United States

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