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
This page offers a catalog of 381 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.
State and Local Wind Energy Ordinances
Total of 381 ordinances found.
Page 1 of 26, Sorted by descending title
|CO||Yuma County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 5 Section 5-104-I||...more|
|CA||Yolo County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance||...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|
|MD||Wicomico County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance||...more|
|IN||White County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance||...more|