Getting Right-of-Way Right

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In January 2013, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Sonoran Institute, Headwaters Economics and the Western Governors’ Association convened a workshop focusing on landowner compensation for electric power transmission (transmission) rights-of-way. In particular, participants focused on viable alternatives to the standard one-time, up-front payment for an easement, which is problematic from both landowner and developer perspectives. For landowners, there are many situations in which a one-time payment does not seem to be adequate compensation for the ongoing impacts of the transmission line on their property. Developers have a vested interest in meeting landowners’ needs in order to keep within project timelines and budgets, all while meeting extensive state and federal permitting requirements.


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