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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 413 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 413 ordinances found.
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MA Milton, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section IV D  ...more
PA Millcreek, Pennsylvania - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MA Millbury, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 4 - Section 50  ...more
VT Middlesex, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article III - Section 3.6  ...more
KS Merriam, Kansas - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MI Meridian Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CT Meriden, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
VT Mendon, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VI - Section 610  ...more
MI Mason County, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article III - Section 3.37  ...more
IL Mason County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
IA Mason City, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 12.17  ...more
MA Mashpee, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IX - Section174-45.5  ...more
MD Maryland Counties with Wind Energy Ordinances  ...more
IN Marshall County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 6 - Section 230  ...more
VT Marlboro, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 470  ...more