It is important to disclose financial conflicts of interest because typically wind companies have a loyalty clause in their wind leases that contractually binds lease holders to “fully cooperate”. with the developer to get their project approved.
Below is an excerpt from a Wind Lease for the now defunct Cape Vincent wind projects.
“Owner shall assist and fully cooperate with Grantee, at no out-of-pocket expense to owner, in complying with or obtaining any land use permits and approvals, tax-incentive or tax-abatement program approvals, building permits, environmental impact reviews, or any other permits or approvals required for the financing, construction, installation, relocation, replacement, maintenance, operation or removal of Wind Power Facilities in the Project (whether located on the Property, on adjacent property, or elsewhere), including execution of applications for such permits or approvals if required. In connection with any application for such approvals, Owner agrees at Grantee's request to support such application (at no out-of-pocket expense to Owner) at any administrative, judicial, or legislative level. In the event that any laws, rules, regulations or ordinances of any governmental agency provide for setbacks or otherwise restrict the location of any Windpower Facilities to be installed on the Property or adjacent properties, Owner shall cooperate with Grantee in obtaining waivers of such setbacks and shall execute any documents reasonable requested by Grantee to evidence Owner's waiver of such setbacks.”
Below are links to lease agreements for the now defunct Cape Vincent Wind Project
click here to view BP Wind Lease agreement
click here to view BP Wind Lease Good Neighbor agreement
click here to view Acciona lease agreement
The Jefferson County Board of ethics has already weighed in on wind conflicts of interest. Below is a screenshot of their conclusion
Links below to JCBOE opinions