PA House Passes Bill to Allow Wind Power Generation Systems on Agricultural Conservation Easements
On June 11, 2013, the Pennsylvania
House of Representatives passed HB
920. The bill was introduced on March 11, 2013, and amends P.L. 12, No, 43,
the Agricultural Area Security Law. The bill allows a wind power generation
system to be installed or used on an agricultural conservation easement if the subject
land is 50 or more acres. The system may not occupy more than two acres if the subject
land is less than 100 acres. The system
may occupy an additional two acres for every 50 acres the subject land is over
100. If any part of the subject land is subdivided, conveyed or transferred the
subject land must remain 50 or more acres. A wind power generation system is defined as
“a system designed to collect and utilize wind power” and includes the
foundation, appurtenant structure as well as new roads, bridges transmission
lines and substations.
more information on HB 920, please see Pennsylvania’s General Assembly’s website.
Written By Clara E. Conklin– Research Assistant Penn State Law – Agricultural Law Center June 12, 2013