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Wind Turbine Ordinances

This page lists 136 state and local wind turbine ordinances. State and local governments and policymakers can use this collection of example wind turbine ordinances when drafting a new wind energy ordinance in a town or county without existing ordinances.

Due to increasing energy demands in the United States and more installed wind projects, rural communities and local governments with limited or no experience with wind energy now have the opportunity to become involved in this industry. Communities with good wind resources may be approached by entities with plans to develop the resource. Although these opportunities can create new revenue in the form of construction jobs and land lease payments, they also create a new responsibility on the part of local governments to create ordinances to regulate wind turbine installations. Ordinances are laws, often found within municipal codes that provide various degrees of control to local governments. These laws cover issues such as zoning, traffic, consumer protection, and building codes. Wind energy ordinances reflect local needs and wants regarding wind turbines within county or city lines and aid the development of safe facilities that will be embraced by the community. This Wind Energy Ordinances fact sheet provides an overview of elements found in typical wind energy ordinances to educate state and local government officials, as well as policy makers.

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MD Howard County, Maryland Wind Turbine Ordinances  ...more
MD Maryland Counties with Wind Turbine Ordinances  ...more
MD Somerset County, Maryland Wind Turbine Ordinances  ...more
MD St. Mary's County, Maryland Wind Turbine Ordinances  ...more
MD Talbot County, Maryland Wind Turbine Ordinances  ...more
MD Washington County, Maryland Wind Turbine Ordinances  ...more
MD Wicomico County, Maryland Wind Turbine Ordinances  ...more
MD Worcester County, Maryland Wind Turbine Ordinances  ...more
ME Biddeford, Maine - Small Wind Energy Systems Ordinance  ...more
ME Buckfield, Maine Wind Turbine Ordinances  ...more
ME Dixmont, Maine Wind Turbine Ordinances  ...more
ME Eliot, Maine - Small Wind Energy Systems Ordinance Sec.45-461  ...more
ME Maine Model Wind Ordinance  ...more
ME Montville, Maine Wind Turbine Ordinances  ...more
ME Saco, Maine - Small Wind Energy Systems Ordinance Sec.730  ...more