Renewable Energy Siting for the Critical Decade

25 Pages Posted: 1 Apr 2021 Last revised: 18 Aug 2022

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Uma Outka

University of Kansas - School of Law

Date Written: January 1, 2021


The strong growth trajectory in renewable energy over the last 15 years has markedly changed the US energy sector. At the start of a new decade, it is timely and important to reassess the legal context for renewable energy development. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and United Nations have stressed that 2020-30 is the critical decade for climate change mitigation. To cut greenhouse gases from the energy sector, the current trajectory for renewables needs not just to continue, but to accelerate substantially. This challenge presents key questions for law and policy: Is the legal context that has supported renewable energy to date sufficient to support accelerated growth in the next decade? If not, what changes are needed? These are the questions explored by this symposium issue. This article considers these questions as they relate to one essential and fraught aspect of this landscape – law and policy for siting renewable energy facilities.

Keywords: renewable energy, wind, solar, siting, energy transition, landscape, local, accelerate, energy development, energy sector, climate change mitigation, renewable energy law, land use law

Suggested Citation

Outka, Uma, Renewable Energy Siting for the Critical Decade (January 1, 2021). 69 KANSAS LAW REVIEW 101 (2021), Available at SSRN:

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