Gov. Pritzker clarifies zoning laws surrounding wind energy

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivers his first budget address on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019 to a joint session of the Illinois House and Senate at the Illinois State Capitol building in Springfield. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool)

Newly signed legislation in Illinois is meant to spark growth in wind-energy development, according to Gov. JB Pritzker.

Gov. Pritzker signed HB 2988 Friday, clarifying current law around zoning standards for wind energy development across the state. 

He said the new law will create jobs, revitalize communities and lower 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,” Gov. Pritzker said Friday. “Illinois has over 3,500 mega watts 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.” 

HB 2988, which takes effect immediately, allows only counties and municipalities to establish standards for wind farm development. Townships will no longer have zoning authority over wind farm development.

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