Facilitating Wind Energy Projects
Wind energy is one of the fastest growing renewable energy industries. Wind farms provide clean energy to millions of people throughout the country and can be very lucrative for landowners and energy companies alike.
If you’ve been approached by a wind energy company interested in installing wind turbines on your land, it is important to speak with experienced attorneys to ensure your long-term financial and property interests are protected.
Located in Sweetwater, Texas, Wetsel, Carmichael, Allen, & Lederle, L.L.P., is one of the leading energy firms in the U.S. For more than 40 years, the firm has represented landowners and renewable energy companies throughout the country in all stages of project development.
Protecting Landowners’ Rights During Wind Energy Projects
Wind farms frequently span thousands of acres, impacting numerous property owners. Neighboring property owners often come to Wetsel, Carmichael, Allen, & Lederle, L.L.P., together to seek legal representation as a group. Acting together gives individual property owners more bargaining power against large energy companies enabling them to negotiate better lease, rent and royalty terms.
One of the key items when negotiating wind leases is whether the property can be used concurrently for ranching or farming. Another concern is the impact the proposed energy project will have on the usability of the land in the future.
When representing landowners, the lawyers’ goals are twofold: first, to protect your current and future monetary interests and second, to protect your land for future generations. These goals are forefront during all stages of the project, including:
- The negotiation, review and drafting of wind energy leases, meteorological tower agreements and option agreements
- While developing access, transmission, collection system and non-obstruction easements
- When resolving any title issues that may arise during wind energy project development
- The negotiation and preparation of tax abatement agreements
- When handling all transmission and regulatory issues
In addition to landowners and municipalities, Wetsel, Carmichael, Allen, & Lederle, L.L.P., also assists wind energy companies during contract negotiation and drafting, and with zoning and other land use issues.
Rod Wetsel, Partner and Adjunct Professor at Texas Tech University School of Law, hosts wind farm tour for students. Read about it here.
Choose A Leader In Wind Law
Wetsel, Carmichael, Allen, & Lederle, L.L.P., has helped facilitate numerous wind energy projects, including multimillion-dollar projects involving large areas of land and many landowners. Attorney Roderick Wetsel is board-certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the area of oil, gas and mineral law; teaches wind energy at Texas Tech University School of Law and wrote the primary book on wind energy laws in the U.S.