Its tough in small communities to avoid conflicts when something as big and lucrative as a wind farm comes to town...but newly released data shows extensive relationships between those holding local office and the financial benefits of a farm.
When these conflicts occur, there are a couple of ways lawmakers and board members can handle it. One way is immediate disclosure of the relationships as soon as they occur or could occur. Do not wait until some industry disclosure later.
If the financial relationship is direct and significant, it may require recusal......That means more than just saying "I abstain" when a vote comes around.
Recusal means not participating in all discussions and debate on the subject and in fact leaving the room when the subject comes up. This is hard to do with an issue this large.
Usually, disclosure is adequate as it allows the public to judge the context of decisions. In projects like wind, in some communities , outright recusals could leave a board with too few members to act.
Watertown Daily Times Iberdrola lists wind conflicts