By B.N. Frank
Opposition to solar (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5) and wind power development (see 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) is increasing in the U.S. due to numerous significant risks associated with deployment and operation. Nevertheless, legislators in Illinois have voted in favor or reducing local control over it.
Illinois House approves solar and wind energy bill
Jan 11, 2023 Updated Jan 12, 2023
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A bill that would restrict county and township control over where solar and wind energy facilities are located has now cleared the Illinois House and Senate. The Illinois House voted along party lines to approve the bill on Tuesday. The bill requires counties and townships to comply with state-set setbacks for solar and wind facilities.
Sycamore Republican State Representative Jeff Keicher says the bill will have a negative impact on neighboring homes.
Keicher says the bill impacts landowner’s ability to sell their property.
Keicher says the bill is overriding local leaders from making decisions about their communities.
Proponents meanwhile say the bill help deal with a potential energy crisis by making it cheaper and easier for solar and wind energy to operate in Illinois.
Also voting no on the bill was Oswego Republican Keith Wheeler, and Plainfield Republican Mark Batinick. Voting yes was Oswego Democrat Stephanie Kifowit and Aurora Democrat Barbara Hernandez. Dixon Republican Tom Demmer also voted against the measure which now heads to Governor J.B. Pritzker’s desk.
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