Information Guide: Wind Energy Ordinances

Wind turbines are multiplying across the U.S., and most are installed in rural areas overlooking crops, cattle, timber, and lakes. Rural communities have experienced several benefits from the development of wind energy, but the growth of the industry has also presented a challenge in the form of local regulations that may be insufficient or out-of-date.

Wind ordinances on the city, county, and state levels may be hard to understand, whether you are an expert or just becoming familiar with the industry. The Center for Rural Affairs has gathered some helpful items to note when reviewing ordinances.

New ordinance application and project requirements, helpful recommendations,
and key definitions found in this guide.

For more information, contact Lu Nelsen, policy program associate, at or 402.687.2100 ext. 1022.