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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 Will County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MI Williamstown Township, Michigan - Article 8 - Section KK  ...more
MI Wilson, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
ME Winthrop, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
WI Wisconsin Small Wind Model Ordinance  ...more
MA Woburn, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
IL Woodford County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Zoning Ordinance - Section 27  ...more
IL Woodford County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Zoning Ordinance - Section 28  ...more
MD Worcester County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MA Worcester, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CA Yolo County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CO Yuma County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 5 Section 5-104-I  ...more