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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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ME Buckfield, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
AZ Bullhead City, Arizona - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 17 Section 39  ...more
ND Burleigh County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 8 Section 21  ...more
CA Butte County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 25 Section 24-157  ...more
VT Calais, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 3 - Section 3.5  ...more
CA Calaveras County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 17 Article 3 Chapter 17.22.060  ...more
WI Calumet County, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 79  ...more
MD Calvert County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
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 - Section 18.05.080  ...more
NC Carteret County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more