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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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VA Bland County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 62 - Article 3 - Section 62-135  ...more
MI Bloomfield, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 4 - Section 42-4.37  ...more
IA Boone County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MA Boston, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
VA Botetourt County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NV Boulder City, Nevada - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 11 - Chapter 20 - Section 9  ...more
CO Boulder County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 4-514  ...more
UT Box Elder County, Utah - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MN Brainerd, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
VT Braintree, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 6 - Section 6.10.8  ...more
VT Brandon, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article III - Section 325 (a)  ...more
NJ Brick Township, New Jersey - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
VT Bristol, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section 527  ...more
CT Brookfield, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
SD Brown County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 4 Chapter 4.36  ...more