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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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MI Grand Haven, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 40-568  ...more
MI Grand Rapids, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 11 - Section 5.11.14  ...more
MI Hamlin Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 19 - Section AE  ...more
MI Holland, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MI Lake Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article III - Section 3.57  ...more
MI Long Lake Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 4 - Section 4.25  ...more
MI Marine City, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title XV - Chapter 160 - Section 160.233  ...more
MI Mason County, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article III - Section  ...more
MI Meridian Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MI Peninsula Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VIII Section 8.7.2 (8)  ...more
MI Rogers City, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 4 - Section 32-74  ...more
MI Superior Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 14.07  ...more
MI Washington Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MI Williamstown Township, Michigan - Article 8 - Section KK  ...more
MI Michigan Land Use Guidelines for Siting Wind Energy Systems  ...more