Giving Landowners the Power: A Democratic Approach for Assembling Transmission Corridors
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As the United States systemically increases its renewable energy capacity, new approaches for acquiring land corridors are needed to develop electric transmission lines. Extensive transmission line development is needed to connect our cities to our nation’s remote but ample renewable energy resources, such as rural Nebraska’s wind. This will require developers to acquire thousands of acres of land from private landowners across the country. To minimize the risk of landowner opposition, this article provides several innovative land-assembly alternatives to the traditional eminent domain model.