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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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CO Yuma County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 5 Section 5-104-I  ...more
OK Yukon, Oklahoma - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CA Yolo County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MN Wright County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 7 - Article 761  ...more
MA Worcester, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MD Worcester County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
IL Woodford County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Zoning Ordinance - Section 28  ...more
IL Woodford County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Zoning Ordinance - Section 27  ...more
MA Woburn, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
WI Wisconsin Small Wind Model Ordinance  ...more
ME Winthrop, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CT Windsor, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 14.1.20  ...more
MI Wilson, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MI Williamstown Township, Michigan - Article 8 - Section KK  ...more
IL Will County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title XV Chapter 155 Section 155-9.260  ...more