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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 363 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 363 ordinances found.
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NE Saunders County, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
IL Skokie, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article III - Division I - Section 118-93  ...more
CA Solano County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 28.80  ...more
MD Somerset County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
PA Somerset, Pennsylvania - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article X - Section 1006  ...more
CA Sonoma County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NY South Bristol, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
SD South Dakota Model Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NY Springwater, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NY St. Lawrence, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MD St. Mary's County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NJ Stafford Township, New Jersey - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NY Stark, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
IN Steuben County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
IL Sugar Grove, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 11 - Chapter 4 - Section 20  ...more