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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 411 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 411 ordinances found.
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CO Park County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Division 7 Section 5-711  ...more
NC Pasquotank, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 9 - Section 9.04-32  ...more
MI Peninsula Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VIII Section 8.7.2 (8)  ...more
IL Peoria, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 20 - Section 7.2  ...more
NC Pitt County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 7 - Chapter QQQQ  ...more
IA Plymouth County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 6.10  ...more
WI Polk County, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
OR Polk, Oregon - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 23  ...more
FL Port Orange, Florida - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
PA Portage Township, Pennsylvania - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
WI Price County, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 10.8  ...more
VA Prince William County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 32-300.02-19  ...more
CO Pueblo, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title XVII Chapter 4 Article VII Section 17-4-72  ...more
WI Racine County, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 20 - Section 20-1465  ...more
WI Racine County, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 20 Section 20-1464  ...more