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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 430 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 430 ordinances found.
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IL Lincolnshire, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 6-17-4 and 6-17-5  ...more
OR Lincoln City, Oregon - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 17.80.090  ...more
IL Libertyville, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 12-13  ...more
VT Leicester, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section 570  ...more
IL Lee County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 10 - Chapter 15 - Section 10-15-15  ...more
CT Ledyard, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 11.1  ...more
SD Lawrence, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 10 Article 1  ...more
CA Lassen County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
IL LaSalle County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 7 - Section 7.1-4SS  ...more
IL LaSalle County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 7 - Section 7.1-4RR  ...more
CO Larimer County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CO Lamar, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 16 Article XVII Section 16.17.190  ...more
MI Lake Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article III - Section 3.57  ...more
IL Lake in the Hills, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
IL Lake County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Appendix Q  ...more