SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill Friday that clarifies current law around zoning standards for wind energy development across Illinois.
HB 2988 will create jobs, revitalize communities with new investment in rural areas and produce clean, renewable energy that will help the state work toward lowering its emissions.
“I’m committed to putting our state on a path toward 100% clean and renewable energy, and this bill I signed into law today will help get us there,” said Pritzker. “Illinois has over 3,500 megawatts 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.”
The law allows only counties and municipalities to establish standards for wind farm development. Townships will no longer have zoning authority over wind farm development.
HB 2988 takes effect immediately.