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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 363 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 363 ordinances found.
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NC Camden County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MD Caroline County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
IL Carroll County, Illinois Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 700 Section 5.06  ...more
IN Carroll County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MD Carroll County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NV Carson City, Nevada - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NC Carteret County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MA Carver, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 3650  ...more
MT Cascade County, Montana - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 7 - Chapter  ...more
IN Cass County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
OH Catawba Island Township, Ohio - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 7-K  ...more
MI Centerville, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MA Charlton, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CO Cheyenne County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MA Chillmark, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more