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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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MA Milton, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section IV D  ...more
MA Orleans, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 164-35.1  ...more
MA Topsfield, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MA Westport, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 17  ...more
MA Woburn, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MD Alleghany County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MD Anne Arundel County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MD Calvert County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MD Caroline County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MD Carroll County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MD Dorchester County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MD Frederick County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MD Harford County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MD Howard County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more
MD St. Mary's County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance  ...more