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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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NC Tyrrell County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MI Troy, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 12.04  ...more
NJ Township of Oldmans, New Jersey - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NY Town of West Bloomfield, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NY Town of Warren, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NY Town of Schuyler, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NY Town of Saratoga, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NY Town of Roxbury, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NY Town of Porter, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 58 and 59  ...more
NY Town of Meredith, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NY Town of Litchfield, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NY Town of Lebanon, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NY Town of Kendall, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 727 and Section 728  ...more
NY Town of Hamlin, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NY Town of Fairfield, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more