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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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IL Ford County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MI Filer Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 16 - Section 31.16.1602  ...more
MN Fairmont, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MA Fairhaven, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NY Evans, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
PA Erie, Pennsylvania - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MI Emmet County, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article XXI - Section 2102-16  ...more
ME Eliot, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance - Sec.45-461  ...more
CO El Paso County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 5 Section 5.2.57  ...more
CA El Dorado, California - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MA Edgartown, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NY East Bloomfield, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MA Duxbury, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 616  ...more
CO Douglas County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 2107.40  ...more
MD Dorchester County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more