Springfield…In further support of property rights to local landowners and farmers, State Representative Adam Brown (R-Champaign) is happy to report that House Bill 3523 became law today.
The law establishes the Wind Energy Facilities Agricultural Impact Mitigation Act. It requires that operators of commercial wind energy facilities located on private property must outline construction, deconstruction and abandonment plans to help preserve the integrity of land that is impacted. Agreements must be made with the landowner and also the Department of Agriculture.
Representative Brown stated, “We maintained great support from state agencies with this legislation, including the Illinois Farm Bureau, as the law’s main intent is to promote the welfare of landowners during the construction and deconstruction of wind energy facilities. It does not in any way impede local control, but it does guarantee to local governments and constituents that any wind energy facility plans take into consideration the safekeeping of not only the land used by the facility, but land nearby the facility. I am happy to bring this assurance to local landowners and farmers.”
After being signed by Governor Rauner, the law is listed as Public Act 99-0132.