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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 576 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 576 ordinances found.
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CA Lake County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 27 Section 27.3 (t)  ...more
CA Lassen County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CA Los Angeles County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 22.52 Part 15  ...more
CA Marin County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 22I Chapter 22.71  ...more
CA Mono County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 20.05  ...more
CA Monterey, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 21.64.120  ...more
CA Napa County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CA Orange County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CA Riverside County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 17.224 Article 1  ...more
CA Riverside County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 17.224 Article 2  ...more
CA San Bernadino, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 8 Chapter 84-26  ...more
CA San Bernadino, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 8 Chapter 84-29  ...more
CA San Diego County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CA San Luis Abisbo County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 23.08.316  ...more
CA Santa Barbara, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 35.57  ...more