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Wind Energy Ordinances

Federal, state, and local regulations govern many aspects of wind energy development. The exact nature of the project and its location will largely drive the different levels of regulation required. Wind energy specific ordinances adopted by counties, towns, and other types of municipalities are one of the best ways for local governments to identify conditions and priorities around all types of wind development. These ordinances regulate aspects of wind projects such as their location, permitting process, and construction. The standards laid out in ordinances provide clarity to wind developers and the public. Ordinances may also address issues of community impact such as:

  • Land use
  • Noise standards
  • Safety

This page offers a catalog of 282 wind energy ordinances used by municipalities across the country to place requirements of the role of wind energy in their communities. Policymakers can use these ordinances as examples when modifying or drafting new ordinances in their jurisdictions.

These ordinances are provided as examples. Their inclusion here implies no endorsement of their content.

If you know of an ordinance that is not included in this list, please let us know.

Total of 282 ordinances found.
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AK Homer, Alaska - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
AK Kenai, Alaska - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
AZ Bullhead City, Arizona - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 17 Section 39  ...more
CA Amador County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CA Butte County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 25 Section 24-157  ...more
CA Calaveras County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 17 Article 3 Chapter 17.22.060  ...more
CA Contra Costa, California - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CA El Dorado, California - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CA Kern County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter19 - Section 64.140  ...more
CA Lake County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 27 Section 27.3 (t)  ...more
CA Lassen County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CA Los Angeles County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 22.52 Part 15  ...more
CA Marin County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 22I Chapter 22.71  ...more
CA Mono County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 20.05  ...more
CA Monterey, California - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more