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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 349 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 349 ordinances found.
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WI Wisconsin Small Wind Model Ordinance  ...more
WI New Glarus, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
WI Polk County, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
WI Union, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
VT Barre, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 5.2.03  ...more
VT Barnet, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 417  ...more
VT Barton, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 3 - Section 331  ...more
VT Braintree, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 6 - Section 6.10.8  ...more
VT Brandon, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article III - Section 325 (a)  ...more
VT Bristol, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section 527  ...more
VT Calais, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 3 - Section 3.5  ...more
VT Colchester, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Appendix B - Article 10 - Section 10.09  ...more
VT Cornwall, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
VT Derby, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 402.5  ...more
VT Duxbury, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section 14  ...more