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Wind Lease Worksheet for Landowners

The Department of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at Michigan State University has published a document entitled "Landowner Guidelines for Evaluating Wind Energy Production Leases". It is aimed at landowners across the country.

This worksheet is designed to help landowners evaluate some important considerations when reviewing a wind energy lease and/or easement agreement. It provides comments on alternatives to lease provisions, where appropriate, and will help walk a landowner through the often complex multi-page agreements. Click here for the .pdf file.

Wind Rights and Wrongs

This article reprint from Tierra Grande, April 2008, presents an overview of many issues regarding leasing your land to a wind developer. Topics covered include wind data, tax credits, royalties, severance clauses, surface rights and a host of other considerations. While focused on Texas, the article presents information that applies to all wind agreements in general and is useful for both landowners and attorneys.

Community vs. Corporate Wind: Does it Matter Who Develops the Wind in Big Stone County, MN?

This report reviews various business structures for community wind development, reviews previous studies on the economic impact of both wind development in general and the relative impacts of corporate and community wind development, and investigates the specific case of the economic impact of community vs. corporate wind development for a multi-turbine project in Big Stone County, Minnesota.

The report found that community owned wind can have a significantly larger economic impact than corporate wind development.

This report by Arne Kildegaard of the University of MN, Morris and Josephine Myers-Kuykindall of the University of MN, Morris, was published September 2006.

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