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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 381 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 381 ordinances found.
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IN Grant County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MI Grand Rapids, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 11 - Section 5.11.14  ...more
NE Grand Island, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 36 Section 36-103  ...more
MI Grand Haven, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NE Gothenburg, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title XV Chapter 152 Section 152.060  ...more
MI Golden Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section XIV-b  ...more
MA Gloucester, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section V Chapter 5.22 and 5.23  ...more
MO Gladstone, Missouri - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title VII Chapter 166  ...more
VT Georgia, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VI - Section 6.7  ...more
TX Garland, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NJ Galloway Township, New Jersey - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CO Fremont, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 5.2.7  ...more
MA Freetown, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 11 Section 11.24  ...more
MD Frederick County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
PA Frankstown Township, Pennsylvania - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more