Gov. JB Pritzker, D-Ill., has signed into law H.B.2988, which is designed to clarify current law around zoning standards for wind energy development across Illinois.
H.B.2988, which takes effect immediately, allows only counties and municipalities to establish standards for wind farm development. Townships will no longer have zoning authority.
“I appreciate Governor Pritzker’s support of this important bill,” says Rep. Ann Williams, the bill’s House sponsor. “This legislation reaffirms existing law and enables counties and municipalities to enact wind zoning energy regulations, ensuring that our state can continue expanding our clean energy economy through the development of wind farms throughout Illinois.”
According to Pritzker, the new law will help create jobs, revitalize communities with new investment in rural areas – including in annual payments directly to landowners and farmers and property tax payments to schools and local government bodies – and produce renewable energy that will help Illinois work toward lowering its emissions.
“I’m committed to putting our state on a path toward 100 percent clean and renewable energy, and this bill I signed into law today will help get us there,” said Pritzker on Friday, when the bill was signed into law. “Illinois has over 3,500 MW of operating wind capacity, and under my administration, we’re going to further embrace our clean energy future and take bold action to combat climate change.”
“Wind and solar companies are making tens of millions of dollars of investment in Illinois’ new green economy,” notes Sen. Bill Cunningham, the bill’s Senate sponsor. “We can’t let unnecessary government regulation block the creation of high-paying jobs and the much-needed property tax revenue wind farms will produce for our schools.”