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Worried About Wind?
Posted on 6 Jul 2011 by Dianne Saxe

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer So much misinformation has been spread about wind turbines that many reasonable people don't know what to think. As one reader wrote: "Hi Dianne, ... I wondered if you could direct me to reliable... Read More

DLA Piper: EPC Contracts for South African Wind Farms
Posted on 31 Oct 2012 by DLA Piper

Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contracts are the most common form of contract used to undertake construction works by the private sector on large scale and complex infrastructure projects. Under an EPC contract, a contractor is obliged... Read More

State Net Capitol Journal Legislative Updates: New Hampshire Legislators Propose Study Committee for Siting Wind Farms
Posted on 19 Jun 2013 by State Net

ENERGY: The NEW HAMPSHIRE House and Senate endorse SB 99, which would create two study committees to review the state's criteria for siting wind farms and new electric generation and transmission facilities. It moves to Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) for... Read More

Is Virginia Poised to Become a Mid-Atlantic Hub for Offshore Wind Energy?
Posted on 23 Aug 2010 by Vandeventer Black LLP

By Michael P. Giordano, Vandeventer Black LLP While the United States grips with the devastating effects of a tragic offshore oil spill, states on the Atlantic coast are turning their focus toward the development of a different kind of energy off... Read More

Steptoe & Johnson: Mineral Interests vs. Wind Farm Conflict
Posted on 26 Oct 2011 by Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

In a time of ever-expanding forms of sustainable energy, one type of energy development can often conflict with another. A mineral owner has asked the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma to determine whose interests in energy development... Read More

Wind Controversy Research Report
Posted on 10 Apr 2012 by Dianne Saxe

By Dianne Saxe, Ontario Environmental Lawyer Here is a link to Renew Canada's 2011 research report, Wind Controversy in Ontario . The report was intended to be a neutral evaluation of the evidence cited by pro and anti-wind groups. According... Read More

Renewable Energy Insight: Atlantic Wind Connection Wind Farm Project Joins With Belgian Electric Grid Firm Elia For Wind Energy
Posted on 16 Aug 2011 by Troutman Sanders

On July 22, 2011, the Atlantic Wind Connection ("AWC"), offshore transmission line project off the Mid-Atlantic coast that would bring thousands of megawatts of offshore wind capacity ashore ( see the October 12, 2010 edition of the WER ), announced... Read More

New MOU to Provide for Streamlined Review Of Wind Energy Projects In Great Lakes
Posted on 11 Apr 2012 by Steven M. Siros

By Steven M. Siros, Partner, Jenner & Block On March 30, 2012, the White House announced that it had entered into a Memorandum of Understanding ("MOU") with five states (Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, New York and Pennsylvania) that is... Read More

Foley & Lardner LLP: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Issues Voluntary Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines
Posted on 22 Apr 2012 by Foley & Lardner LLP

By Tanya C. O'Neill and Sarah A. Slack , Attorneys, Foley & Lardner LLP The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) issued final Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines on March 23, 2012 (Guidelines). The Guidelines, which became effective immediately... Read More

DOI Announces July Auction of 160,000 Acres for Offshore Wind Development
Posted on 18 Jun 2013 by Troutman Sanders

On Wednesday, June 5, 2013, the Department of Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management ("BOEM") issued the Final Sale Notice for the sale of commercial wind energy leases on the Outer Continental Shelf. The auction is scheduled to take... Read More

Sutherland Legal Alert: Wind Farm Generators Required to Comply with Transmission Reliability Requirements
Posted on 24 Jun 2011 by Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

By Dan Frank, J.J. Kubicek and Alex Konieczny The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has found that two wind farm generators must comply with reliability requirements applicable to transmission owners and operators because of the tie-lines... Read More