The development of wind energy across Colorado and western Nebraska has the capacity the change the landscape of our rural communities drastically. Wind easement, leases, and development agreements vary from just a few years to upwards of fifty of sixty years. Negotiations on wind energy documents are key in protecting your farm or ranch operations as well as maximizing the financial aspects. Impacts to your farm and ranch operations may include (1) construction phase damage such as soil compaction and damage to crops, drainage structures, terraces, fences and other farm property (2) restrictions on improvements or aerial spraying that you otherwise planned or routinely undertake, (3) potential changes to your configurations due to turbines and access roads resulting in new end rows, strips inaccessible to large equipment, irrigation disruptions and irregular fields that reduce efficiency of field operations and (4) snow removal or erosion issues due to changes on the ground from new roads or turbines. Our firm can assist in negotiation of wind energy development agreements such as:
Our negotiations on wind energy are geared to addressing potential affects on your farm and ranch operation, establishing clear time periods for those agreements, understanding and limiting your obligation on those agreements, compensation and reclamation when the operations cease or the agreement terminates.