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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 381 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 381 ordinances found.
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NE Madison, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 6-25  ...more
ME Maine Model Wind Ordinance  ...more
MI Manchester Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
PA Manheim, Pennsylvania - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
WI Manitowoc County, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
WI Manitowoc County, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
PA Manor Township, Pennsylvania - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 302.5  ...more
CA Marin County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 22I Chapter 22.71  ...more
MI Marine City, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title XV - Chapter 160 - Section 160.233  ...more
VT Marlboro, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 470  ...more
IN Marshall County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MD Maryland Counties with Wind Energy Ordinances  ...more
MA Mashpee, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IX - Section174-45.5  ...more
IA Mason City, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 12.17  ...more
IL Mason County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more