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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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CA Lassen County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
SD Lawrence, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
IL Lee County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 10 - Section 10-15-15  ...more
VT Leicester, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section 570  ...more
IL Libertyville, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 12-13  ...more
OR Lincoln City, Oregon - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 17.80.090  ...more
IL Lincolnshire, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 6-17-4 and 6-17-5  ...more
PA Lititz, Pennsylvania - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
IL Logan County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
PA Logan Township, Pennsylvania - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
IN Logansport, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
VT Londonderry, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 407 (3)  ...more
MI Long Lake Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 4 - Section 4.25  ...more
CA Los Angeles County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 22.52 Part 15  ...more
NV Lyon County, Nevada - Wind Energy Ordinance - No. 244 - Chapter 10.21.03  ...more