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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 Hamlin Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 19 - Section AD  ...more
MT Hardin, Montana - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MD Harford County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
OR Harney County, Oregon - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 6.020-5c  ...more
VT Hartland, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section 5.10  ...more
MA Harwich, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CT Harwinton, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 9.11  ...more
KS Hays, Kansas - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NY Henderson, New York - Wind Ordinance  ...more
IL Henry County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NJ Hillsborough Township, New Jersey - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
VT Hinesburg, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V Section 5.24  ...more
MI Holland, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
AK Homer, Alaska - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MD Howard County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more