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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 349 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 349 ordinances found.
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CO Arapahoe County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CO Aurora, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CO Boulder County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 4-514  ...more
CO Cheyenne County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CO Douglas County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 2107.40  ...more
CO El Paso County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 5 Section 5.2.57  ...more
CO Fort Lupton, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article I Section 18-9  ...more
CO Fremont, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 5.2.7  ...more
CO Jefferson County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 8  ...more
CO Kit Carson County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CO Lamar, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article XVII Section 16.17.190  ...more
CO Larimer County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CO Nederland, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 16 Article IV Section 16-96  ...more
CO Park County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Division 7 Section 5-711  ...more
CO Pueblo, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title XVII Chapter 4 Article VII Section 17-4-72  ...more