Bill Status of SB3263 98th General Assembly
Short Description: WIND ENERGY FACILITY CONSTRUCT
Sen. John M. Sullivan
| 1/13/2015||Senate||Session Sine Die|
Statutes Amended In Order of Appearance
Synopsis As Introduced
Creates the Wind Energy Facilities Construction and Deconstruction Act. Requires a commercial wind energy operator of a commercial wind energy facility located on land owned by another to enter into an agricultural impact mitigation agreement with the Department of Agriculture. Provides that the commercial wind energy operator is responsible for deconstruction of a commercial wind energy facility. Requires the filing of a deconstruction plan detailing the cost of deconstruction per turbine. Provides that the plan must be prepared by an independent third party. Requires the Department of Agriculture to require reclamation bonds for deconstruction. Contains provisions concerning public informational meetings, final determinations related to approval of siting, and deconstruction activities. Amends the State Finance Act to create the Wind Energy Administration Fund as a special fund in the State Treasury. Amends the Counties Code. Deletes language allowing a county to establish standards for wind farms and electric-generating wind devices. Effective immediately.