Join University of Illinois Extension on October 7 for a community forum and Q&A on wind energy in Central Illinois.

Wind energy in Illinois is going to experience explosive growth,” said forum presenter Dr. David Loomis.

What Should a Community Consider Regarding Wind Energy” is designed for landowners and communities and focuses on the realities of renewable energy, recent technical developments and the economic impacts.

Landowners need to consider the long-term implications before signing a contract with a developer,” said Extension Educator Stanley Solomon. “While there are definite benefits to wind energy, the impacts on agriculture and future development of the land should be part of the decision. Limitations on locations and construction of new buildings, aerial crop spray applications, and practical cultivation equipment sizes should be considered.”

The forum will be 6 p.m. Monday, October 7 at the Livingston Center, 224 El Livingston St., Monticello. Speakers will be Stanley Jay Solomon, Extension Educator in Environmental and Energy Stewardship and Dr. David G. Loomis, Professor of Economics and Executive Director of Institute for Regulatory Policy Studies at Illinois State University.

This forum is free and open to the public, but please register by Oct. 2 to reserve your seat. Register online at go.illinois.edu/dmp or call the Piatt County Extension Office at 217-762- 2191.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact County Extension Director Doug Harlan at dharlan@illinois.edu or 217-877-6042. This program is sponsored by Illinois Extension in Piatt County and Monticello Township.

Illinois Extension’s Energy and Environment program has information for everyone whether you’re managing your family’s farm or you’re an avid supporter of green spaces in urban areas. Learn more at go.illinois.edu/dmp.

Illinois Extension provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. If you need reasonable accommodation to participate in this program, please call 217-762-2191.