Airspace in a green economy

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Hie recent surge of interest in renewable energy and sustainable land use has made the airspace above land more valuable than ever before. Unfortunately, a grovidng number of policies aimed at promoting sustainability disregard landowners' airspace rights in ways that can cause airspace to be underutilized. This Article analyzes several land use conflicts emerging in the context of renewable energy development by framing them as disputes over airspace. This Article suggests that incorporating options or liability rules intolaws regulating airspace is a usefiil vray to promote wind and solar energy while still respecting landovraers' existing airspace rights. If properly tailored, such policies can facilitate renewable energy development vidthout compromising landowners' incentives and capacities to make optimal use of the space above their lands. This Article also introduces a new abstract model to argue that policymakers should weigh the likely impacts on both rival and nonrival airspace uses when deciding whether to modify airspace restrictions to encourage sustainability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)270-320
Number of pages51
JournalUCLA Law Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes

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