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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.

Total of 136 ordinances found.
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ID Jefferson County, Idaho Wind Turbine Ordinances  ...more
AK Kenai, Alaska Wind Turbine Ordinances  ...more
CA Kern County, California - Wind Energy Combining District - Chapter19 Section 64.140  ...more
NC Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina Wind Turbine Ordinances  ...more
SD Lawrence, South Dakota Wind Turbine Ordinances  ...more
OR Lincoln City, Oregon Wind Ordinance  ...more
IN Logansport, Indiana Wind Turbine Ordinances  ...more
NE Madison, Nebraska Wind Turbine Ordinances  ...more
ME Maine Model Wind Ordinance  ...more
MI Manchester Township, Michigan Wind Turbine Ordinances  ...more
PA Manheim, Pennsylvania Wind Turbine Ordinances  ...more
MD Maryland Counties with Wind Turbine Ordinances  ...more
IA Mason City, Iowa Wind Turbine Ordinances  ...more
IL Mason County, Illinois Wind Turbine Ordinances  ...more
MI Michigan Land Use Guidelines for Siting Wind Energy Systems  ...more