On October 13, 2017, law students visited the Roscoe Wind Farm in Sweetwater, Texas. The Roscoe Wind Farm is one of the largest wind farms in the world. During the field visit, which was led by Professor Rod Wetsel, a member of the KBH Center’s adjunct faculty, students attended a presentation on wind turbine operation, viewed computer monitoring equipment, and went on a tour of the wind farm, including the inside of an operational wind turbine. The students also heard a presentation by Kathy Dickson (a local ranch owner with over 200 wind turbines) and other landowners regarding the impact of wind energy on the Sweetwater and West Texas economy. The students also met with attorneys and others involved in wind energy. Read more about West Texas Wind Power.
“We all know the story of the blind men and an elephant. An idle lawyer who sees no value in meeting his or her client in person may be no different from one of the blind men describing an elephant. As a student learning Wind Law from Professor Wetsel, being able to gain perspective of what we are studying was a priceless experience. Specifically, we were able to discuss some of the issues in cases involving wind farms such as nuisance claims while listening to the blades of a wind turbine rotate, and personally ask the lessors if there had been any interference of surface use by the lessees. We did not get to watch the Sweetwater Mustangs win another football game, but I thoroughly enjoyed the trip which was extremely helpful.”
-Moses Sye (LL.M. Candidate)