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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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MI Mason County, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article III - Section  ...more
MI Meridian Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MI Michigan Land Use Guidelines for Siting Wind Energy Systems  ...more
MA Millbury, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 4 - Section 50  ...more
PA Millcreek, Pennsylvania - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MA Milton, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section IV D  ...more
MN Minneapolis, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MT Missoula, Montana - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CA Mono County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 20.05  ...more
CA Monterey, California - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
ME Montville, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
ND Morton County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Appendix 1  ...more
CA Napa County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CO Nederland, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 16 Article IV Section 16-96  ...more
VA Nelson County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more