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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 406 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 406 ordinances found.
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MI Marine City, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title XV - Chapter 160 - Section 160.233  ...more
MI Mason County, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article III - Section 3.37  ...more
MI Meridian Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MI Montrose, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MI Norton Shores, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 48 Article XIV  ...more
MI Novi, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MI Otsego County, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 21.47  ...more
MI Ottawa County, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MI Peninsula Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VIII Section 8.7.2 (8)  ...more
MI Rogers City, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 21 Section 32.285  ...more
MI Superior Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 14.07  ...more
MI Troy, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 12.04  ...more
MI Walker, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 94 Article XIX  ...more
MI Washington Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MI Waterloo, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more