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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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CA San Bernadino, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 8 Chapter 84-29  ...more
CA San Diego County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CA San Luis Abisbo County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 23.08.316  ...more
IL Sangamon, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CA Santa Barbara, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 35.57  ...more
CA Santa Clara, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 4.10.390  ...more
CA Santa Cruz County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NE Saunders County, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
IL Skokie, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article III - Division I - Section 118-93  ...more
CA Solano County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 28.80  ...more
MD Somerset County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CA Sonoma County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NY South Bristol, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
SD South Dakota Model Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NY Springwater, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more