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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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NE Gothenburg, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 152.060  ...more
NE Grand Island, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 36-103  ...more
NE Madison, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 6-25  ...more
NE Saunders County, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
ND Burleigh County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 21  ...more
ND Morton County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Appendix 1  ...more
ND Wells County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
ND Bismarck, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NC North Carolina Model Wind Ordinance  ...more
NC Ashe County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 163  ...more
NC Camden County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NC Carteret County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NC Currituck County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NC Hyde County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NC Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more