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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 Vermillion County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NY Vernon, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NY Village of Macedon, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article X - Section 1011  ...more
MI Walker, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MD Washington County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MI Washington Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
PA Washington, Pennsylvania - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NC Watauga County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MI Waterloo, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
ND Wells County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NJ West Cape May, New Jersey - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
UT West Valley City, Utah - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MA Westport, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 17  ...more
IN White County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MD Wicomico County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more