The Illinois Wind Energy Association (IWEA) has invited wind power developers working in Wisconsin to focus their efforts on Illinois, where Gov. Pat Quinn, D-Ill., and the Illinois General Assembly have worked to streamline regulations for the wind energy business.
The initiation was made in response to proposed legislation that would effectively ban wind development in Wisconsin, according to IWEA. If adopted, the bill would mandate a minimum setback requirement of 1,800 feet from neighboring property lines, far exceeding the setback distance from occupied dwellings specified in a rule issued by the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin.
‘Even the strictest county setbacks in Illinois are nowhere near as extreme as what Wisconsin would have if this bill passes,’ says Kevin Borgia, executive director of IWEA. ‘Illinois has no statewide minimum setbacks.’
IWEA urges Wisconsin utilities to reach out to Illinois wind projects to achieve their renewable energy goals, Borgia says.
SOURCE: Illinois Wind Energy Association