Overview of Existing Wind Energy Ordinances

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Due to increased energy demand in the United States, rural communities 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, theyalso create a new responsibility on the part of local governments to ensure that ordinances will be established to aid the development of safe facilities that will be embraced by the community. The purpose of this report is to educate and engage state and local governments, as well as policymakers, about existing large wind energy ordinances. These groups will have a collection of examples toutilize when they attempt to draft a new large wind energy ordinance in a town or county without existing ordinances.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages69
StatePublished - 2008

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-500-44439


  • clearance
  • existing ordinances
  • model ordinances
  • noise standards
  • permits
  • set backs
  • shadow flicker
  • signal interference standards
  • spacing and density
  • turbine finish
  • wind energy
  • wind energy ordinances
  • wind policies
  • wind regulations
  • wind turbines
  • zoning


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