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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 413 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 413 ordinances found.
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SC North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CT North Stonington, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 10 Section 1019.2  ...more
CT North Stonington, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 10 Section 1019.3  ...more
MI Norton Shores, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 48 Article XIV  ...more
VT Norwich, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 4.15  ...more
MI Novi, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MO O'Fallon, Missouri - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NJ Ocean Gate Township, New Jersey - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
WI Oconto, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 13-1-181  ...more
OK Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 59 - Article XII - Section 12200.3 F  ...more
CA Orange County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
OR Oregon Model Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MA Orleans, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 164-35.1  ...more
MI Otsego County, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 21.47  ...more
MI Ottawa County, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more