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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 430 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 430 ordinances found.
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MN Cottonwood County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NC Craven County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
OR Crook County, Oregon - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NC Currituck County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
SC Darlington County, South Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
NC Davidson County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section NN  ...more
OH Dayton, Ohio - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 150.565.85 (small) and Section 150.565.86 (micro)  ...more
MA Dennis, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 11  ...more
VT Derby, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 402.5  ...more
ME Dixmont, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
WI Door County, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MD Dorchester County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CO Douglas County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 2107.41  ...more
NV Douglas County, Nevada - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 20.664.200 (large), 20.664.220 (micro), 20.664.230 (small)  ...more
MA Duxbury, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 616  ...more