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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 576 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 576 ordinances found.
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IA Floyd County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section VII (X)  ...more
IL Ford County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
IL Ford County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
TX Forney, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section 48a  ...more
CO Fort Lupton, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 18 Article I Section 18-9  ...more
OH Franklin County, Ohio - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 561  ...more
MD Frederick County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MN Freeborn County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MA Freetown, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 11 Section 11.24  ...more
CO Fremont, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 5.2.7  ...more
NE Frontier County, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 15  ...more
NE Gage County, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NJ Galloway Township, New Jersey - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
TX Garland, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
VT Georgia, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VI - Section 6.7  ...more