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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 Williamstown Township, Michigan - Article 8 - Section KK  ...more
MI Wilson, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MN Brainerd, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MN Chippewa County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MN City of Mahtomedi, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 11.01 Zoning Ordinance - Subdivision 9.4  ...more
MN Fairmont, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 26 Article V Division 5  ...more
MN Minneapolis, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MN Watertown, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MO Gladstone, Missouri - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title VII Chapter 167  ...more
MT Cascade County, Montana - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 7 - Chapter  ...more
MT Great Falls, Montana - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MT Hardin, Montana - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MT Madison, Montana - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MT Missoula, Montana - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NC Ashe County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title XV Chapter 163  ...more