Heavy gusts in the wind energy fight

20 Apr

In Massachusetts, the revered and beloved area of Cape Cod has become a battle ground for the continued effort to balance the need for renewable energy with the various groups and factions who have their own reasons why they don’t want wind energy in their back yard.  This time, the fight happens to be nine years in the making, and is pitting wind/renewable energy activists against Native American tribes and Cape Cod residents, and a church leader against some of his parishioners.  The argument over whether Cape Cod should be the site of offshore wind development has aroused discussion within the Coast Guard, the Federal Aviation Administration the Energy Department and the Department of the Interior.

Although this is neither the first nor the last time wind energy and questions over the appropriate site for wind development have become fodder for political or legal wrangling, this proposed project highlights the many competing interests, agencies, individuals, and perspectives in a true “perfect storm”.  Since offshore wind development may have enormous potential for accelerating this country’s ability to utilize renewable energy, there is significant fervor in this debate.  See the following CNN article to review the supporting and opposing sides of this argument:


This blog entry is written by Brad Boyd, a Shareholder at Thomsen Nybeck. Brad is the chair of the firm’s Transactional Group, and his practice focuses primarily in Real Estate, Real Estate Brokerage, Business and Corporate law, and Wind Energy Law.  Brad provides legal advice, guidance, and representation related to risk management in a wide variety of real estate and business law matters.  He is counsel to the Minnesota Association of Realtors, many individual Realtors and brokerages, business clients and individuals.


One Response to “Heavy gusts in the wind energy fight”


  1. Minnesota’s Wind Energy Strength Continues « TN Legal Update Blog - June 22, 2010

    […] and their placement (see articles previously posted on this blog: 01/12/10, 02/08/10, 04/02/10, 04/20/10), the wind energy sector generally continues to grow in strength and influence of Minnesota.  The […]

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