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Wind Energy Ordinances

Federal, state, and local regulations govern many aspects of wind energy development. The nature of the project and its location will largely drive the levels of regulation required. Wind energy ordinances adopted by counties, towns, and other types of municipalities are one of the best ways for local governments to identify conditions and priorities for all types of wind development. These ordinances regulate aspects of wind projects such as their location, permitting process, and construction. The standards specified 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 430 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 430 ordinances found.
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MI Ada Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
OH Ada, Ohio - Wind Energy Ordinance - Part 11 - Chapter 1183  ...more
IL Adams County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 5-6-1  ...more
MI Akron Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 14 - Section 14.15  ...more
MD Alleghany County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
VA Alleghany County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CA Amador County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
VA Amherst, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MD Anne Arundel County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CO Arapahoe County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NC Ashe County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title XV Chapter 163  ...more
OH Ashtabula, Ohio - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 564.25 (small) and Section 564.26 (large)  ...more
CO Aurora, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CT Avon, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Appendix D Section U  ...more
MI Banks Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VIII - Section 8.03 - 14  ...more