SMNR: Texas Wind Law

This seminar will provide an in-depth study of all aspects of Texas wind law, as well as other states, including the history of wind energy, wind farm fundamentals, the major elements of the wind energy lease, conveyances and easements, severance of “wind rights,” government tax incentives, litigation, transmission issues, permitting and FAA requirements, the sale of wind energy, the impact of wind development on the environment and wildlife, and offshore wind projects. Course materials will include Smith, DeWolf, Wetsel, Diffen and Powers, "Wind Law" (Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender 2015), as well as other readings and materials posted on Canvas or distributed in class. Attendance and participation in seminar discussions are mandatory. Each student will be required to write a seminar paper of 30 to 50 typewritten pages, double spaced, including footnotes. A list of topics will be posted on Canvas and distributed in class. You may either choose from this list or decide on another topic with the consent of the instructor. Roughly the first three-fourths of the course will consist of lectures and question and answer format, whereas the last quarter will focus on the presentation by each student of his or her topic, along with class discussion and analysis. Student grades will be based primarily on the paper, but also upon class attendance and participation.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Monday 3:45 - 5:35 pm TNH 3.142
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Not Allowed


  • Wind Law - Smith, Wetsel, Diffen & Powers
      Lexis Nexis Matthew Bender , edition: 2015
      ISBN: 9781422482865   (required)


Wetsel, Roderick E. Wetsel, Roderick E.