Perhaps the following excerpts from the article will nudge you to read the entire article, which is linked here for your convenience – “With Wind Energy, Opportunity for Corruption”
“In the United States, one of the top three wind energy producers along with Germany and Spain, the Energy Department is doling out aid covering 30 percent of project costs and has already announced more than $1 billion in grants — with individual grants near $100 million.”
“Wind farm development follows a common pattern in Europe and the United States. It is a complex chain in which, typically, small entrepreneurs strike deals for long-term land leases with farmers and seek local government approvals for wind parks. Then the entrepreneurs sell development packages through intermediaries to large multinational companies or utilities that actually build the wind parks.”
“In New York, wind developers were prodded over the summer to sign an ethics code barring gifts to public officials, a standard developed by the office of the state attorney general, Andrew Cuomo, who also created a task force to monitor development of the industry.
“It’s a very new area of development with the promise of a lot of money that can be made, both for the developers of wind farms and landowners,” said John Milgrim, a spokesman for the New York attorney general’s office, who noted that the industry had been largely unregulated. “Anytime there’s financial dealings, new industry and large sums of money, there is potential for corruption.”
“Cash is king,” said Andrew Campanelli, a forensics investigator for Deloitte in New York. “In a down economy individuals might be more inclined to need more cash. They might look at green energy as a mechanism to use ill-gotten funds.”
Interested? Again, read the entire article here.