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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 381 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 381 ordinances found.
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CO Cheyenne County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MA Chillmark, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 4.2-4  ...more
MN Chippewa County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NV Churchill County, Nevada - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 16 Chapter 16 Section  ...more
MN City of Mahtomedi, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 11.01 Zoning Ordinance - Subdivision 9.4  ...more
NV City of Sparks, Nevada - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MI Claybanks Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 10 - Section 1015  ...more
OH Cleveland, Ohio - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
IN Clinton County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MA Cohasset, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 19  ...more
NY Cohocton, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CT Colchester, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 8.11.13  ...more
VT Colchester, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Appendix B - Article 10 - Section 10.09  ...more
IL Coles County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
PA Conewago, Pennsylvania - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more