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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 349 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 349 ordinances found.
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CA Riverside County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
PA Rice Township, Pennsylvania - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 815  ...more
NV Reno, Nevada - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 17.24.140.3  ...more
IN Randolph County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
CO Pueblo, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title XVII Chapter 4 Article VII Section 17-4-72  ...more
PA Portage Township, Pennsylvania - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
OR Polk, Oregon - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 112.137  ...more
WI Polk County, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
IA Plymouth County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
IL Peoria, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 20 - Section 7.2  ...more
MI Peninsula Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VIII Section 8.7.2 (8)  ...more
CO Park County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Division 7 Section 5-711  ...more
MI Ottawa County, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MI Otsego County, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MA Orleans, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 164-35.1  ...more