Our energy supply is rapidly changing. Our brightest minds are feverishly working on energy storage. It is only a matter of time that the excess turbines we are building will be obsolete because it will be too expensive to send the energy hundreds of miles to other markets.
The turbines will be abandoned. The wind developers have carefully made sure that they will not be responsible for their decommissioning because it is very expensive to take one down. Even the broken, 20-some-year-old Enron turbines are still standing in western Iowa and they are much smaller.
Read your contract with a competent property/real estate law attorney. Understand completely what you are agreeing to. Are wind developers seeking easements over your entire property? Can they continue to build turbines wherever and whenever they want or none at all and just put the grid on your land? Will you get paid the same if the turbine is sold to another company? What happens if the wind company goes bankrupt? Can you hunt on your land without asking permission? Can the wind developers change the terms of the contracts at any time? Do you have any recourse if you are not happy with the work they do on your land? Is there a clause to keep you from publicly speaking of any displeasure you may experience? Can they cease payments?
Most lawyers will call wind contracts incredibly one-sided. A lifelong tenant who calls all the shots will certainly prove tedious over time.
— Janna Swanson, Ayrshire
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