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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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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
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 - Chapter 163  ...more
CO Aurora, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MI Banks Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VIII - Section 8.03 - 14  ...more
MA Barnstable, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
IL Batavia, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NJ Beachwood Township, New Jersey - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
IN Benton County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NJ Berkeley Township, New Jersey - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more