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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 348 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 348 ordinances found.
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IL Kendall County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 4.17  ...more
AK Kenai, Alaska - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
IL Kankakee County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
IL Kankakee County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
IL Kane County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section 5.4-6 and 5.4-7  ...more
IL Jo Daviess County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
ID Jefferson County, Idaho - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CO Jefferson County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 8  ...more
OR Jefferson County - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 4 - Section 431  ...more
IN Jay County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
OH Jackson Township, Ohio - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MI Ionia, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
IL Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs  ...more
NC Hyde County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
OH Huron Township, Ohio - Article 7 - Section 703.01  ...more