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Sturm College of Law


Wind energy, Wake effects, Offshore wind, Nuisance law


Wind energy developers are becoming increasingly aware of the dam- aging impact of wakes from turbines. To deal with the issue on land, many terrestrial developers have adopted a “moat mentality,” creating buffer zones around their wind plants1 to protect them from neighboring wind de- velopments. While these “moats” may protect the investment of a partic- ular wind developer, they render large areas that could be generating elec- tricity into unproductive waste zones. US offshore wind development is in its nascence. This article will explore ways that offshore wind developers are addressing waking issues and whether they can find more collaborative solutions to maximize productivity as this new industry emerges.

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