Community wind and wind rights contracts

A couple of “foreign” items, while concentrating on geographic areas outside New York state, nevertheless have, or could have, relevance here.

Article from Omaha, Nebraska regarding landowner wind rights contracts or leases with wind developers. One fact cited is the apparent existence of a wind-rights contracts law in South Dakota that would appear to define parameters within which any wind rights agreement would have to fit. Omaha World-Herald, 10/16. [If anyone has a copy, we’d love to see it.]  Windustry has a portion of their website dedicated to landowner agreements with developers.

And a little further north, the New Brunswick (Canada) Department of Energy released a preliminary study relating to the viability of community wind. The report made 29 preliminary recommendations relating to issues including

  • ALLOCATION FOR THE COMMUNITY WIND ENERGY PROGRAM
  • CHARACTERISTICS OF INDIVIDUAL COMMUNITY WIND ENERGY PROJECTS
  • OWNERSHIP OF COMMUNITY WIND ENERGY PROJECTS
  • PRICE PAID FOR THE ELECTRICITY
  • FINANCIAL NEEDS and SOURCES OF FINANCING
  • SUPPORT IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF COMMUNITY WIND ENERGY PROJECTS
  • POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENTS (PPA), and
  • CONNECTION TO THE ELECTRICITY GRID
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