Wind Energy Ordinances (Postcard)

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Wind energy development can create new revenue in the form of construction jobs and land-lease payments for rural communities, but it also creates a new responsibility on the part of local governments to regulate wind turbine installations through ordinances. Wind energy ordinances reflect local needs and preferences regarding wind turbines within county or city limits and affect the development of safe facilities. Ordinances typically address, for example, safety, land use, noise standards, shadow flicker, and other impacts. The U.S. Department of Energy's WINDExchange initiative maintains a database of state and local ordinances that policymakers can utilize when drafting new regulations. Stakeholders can provide this postcard to interested parties; it will guide them to this online resource for wind energy ordinances.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages2
StatePublished - 2014

Bibliographical note

5/15/14: Supercedes August 2011 version (MK-7A20-49289)

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/MK-5000-61079

Other Report Number

  • DOE/GO-102014-4352


  • wind energy
  • wind ordinances
  • wind zoning


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