SMNR: Texas Wind Law

Class Unique: 29160

COURSE DESCRIPTION This seminar will provide an in-depth study of all aspects of Texas wind law, 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 Ernest E. Smith, Roderick E. Wetsel, Becky H. Diffen, and Melissa Powers, WIND LAW (LexisNexis Matthew Bender 2016; ISBN: 9781422482865-print/9781579114992-eBook), as well as other readings and materials posted on Canvas or distributed in class. Attendance and participation in class discussions are essential. 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 class attendance and participation. Students should be prepared to take an active role in each class.

Class Details

Meeting Days Time Location
Monday 3:45 - 5:35 pm TNH 3.127
Evaluation Method Date Time Alpha Range Room

Additional Information

Course Type
Grading Method
Pass/Fail Allowed


  • Wind Law - Smith, Wetsel, Diffen & Powers
      LexisNexis , edition: 2017


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