Gov. Pritzker signs legislation allowing more wind energy production in Illinois


BRUECK, GERMANY – JUNE 08: In this aerial view wind turbines spin on June 8, 2016 near Brueck, Germany. Germany is investing heavily in renewable energy sources, including wind farms and solar fields, in an effort to cut climate warming emissions and replace nuclear power. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker signed a bill Friday that hopes will put the state on a path to 100% clean and renewable energy.

The newly signed legislation allows only counties and municipalities to establish standards for developing wind farms.

Townships will no longer have a say.

Those behind the bill say it will end “unnecessary government regulation” in creating developments.

Illinois currently produces about 3,500 megawatts of wind power across the state, making up less than 10% of the electricity used in Illinois.

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