(20 ILCS 896/5)
The General Assembly finds:
(1) that Lake Michigan is a unique and treasured public asset that supports numerous activities for the benefit of the people, wildlife, and flora of the State of Illinois;
(2) that the bed of Lake Michigan is public land held in trust for the people of the State of Illinois and cannot be alienated to a private use or person;
(3) that federal and State policy, as well as the national security, energy, and environmental needs of the United States and the people of the State of Illinois, support exploration and development of renewable energy resources;
(4) that the State of Illinois is a signatory to a federal and multistate memorandum of understanding and is committed to promoting the efficient, expeditious, orderly, and
responsible evaluation of offshore wind power projects in the Great Lakes;
(5) that wind above the Illinois public trust lands of Lake Michigan is a unique and significant renewable energy resource;
(6) that the development of that resource does not involve mining or other extraction of resources from the public trust lands of Lake Michigan;
(7) that so long as all affected public trust lands and waters of Lake Michigan remain under public ownership and control, the environmentally sustainable provision of renewable energy from offshore wind above Lake Michigan, in accordance with standards set by State and federal law and regulated by the State agency charged with protecting public trust lands and the public interest, would serve a public purpose and can be consistent with the public trust;
(8) that the State's Lake Michigan Offshore Wind Energy Advisory Council recommended clarifying and confirming the State's authority to permit such development and has made other recommendations to further the sustainable and responsible development of the State's wind energy resources above Lake Michigan; and
(9) that the State of Illinois should consider the recommendations, criteria, and lessons learned from the Advisory Council's Final Report, as well as new data, technologies, and scientific understandings, as it formulates rules to regulate offshore wind energy development in a manner that preserves public trust resources, produces public benefits, and protects the environment and public health, safety, and welfare.
(Source: P.A. 98-447, eff. 8-16-13.)
(20 ILCS 896/20)
Offshore Wind Energy Economic Development Policy Task Force.
(a) The Governor shall convene an Offshore Wind Energy Economic Development Policy Task Force, to be chaired by the Director of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, or his or her designee, to analyze and evaluate policy and economic options to facilitate the development of offshore wind energy, and to propose an appropriate Illinois mechanism for purchasing and selling power from possible offshore wind energy projects. The Task Force shall examine mechanisms used in other states and jurisdictions, including, without limitation, feed-in tariffs, renewable energy certificates, renewable energy certificate carve-outs, power purchase agreements, and pilot projects. The Task Force shall report its findings and recommendations to the Governor and General Assembly by December 31, 2013.
(b) The Director of the Illinois Power Agency (or his or her designee), the Executive Director of the Illinois Commerce Commission (or his or her designee), the Director of Natural Resources (or his or her designee), and the Attorney General (or his or her designee) shall serve as ex officio members of the Task Force.
(c) The Governor shall appoint the following public members to serve on the Task Force:
(1) one individual from an institution of higher
education in Illinois representing the discipline of economics with experience in the study of renewable energy;
(2) one individual representing an energy industry
with experience in renewable energy markets;
(3) one individual representing a Statewide consumer
or electric ratepayer organization;
(4) one individual representing the offshore wind
(5) one individual representing the wind energy
(6) one individual representing an Illinois
electrical cooperative, municipal electrical utility, or association of such cooperatives or utilities;
(7) one individual representing an Illinois
industrial union involved in the construction, maintenance, or transportation of electrical generation, distribution, or transmission equipment or components;
(8) one individual representing an Illinois
commercial or industrial electrical consumer;
(9) one individual representing an Illinois public
education electrical consumer;
(10) one individual representing an independent
(11) one individual from the Illinois legal community
with experience in contracts, utility law, municipal law, and constitutional law;
(12) one individual representing a Great Lakes
regional organization with experience assessing or studying wind energy;
(13) one individual representing a Statewide
(14) one resident of the State representing an
organization advocating for persons of low or limited incomes;
(15) one individual representing Argonne National
(16) one individual representing a local community
that has aggregated the purchase of electricity.
(d) The Governor may appoint additional public members to the Task Force.
(e) The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Minority Leader of the House of Representatives,
Senate President, and Minority Leader of the Senate shall each appoint one member of the General Assembly to serve on the Task Force.
(f) Members of the Task Force shall serve without compensation.
(Source: P.A. 98-447, eff. 8-16-13; 98-756, eff. 7-16-14.)