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Zoned Out: An Analysis of Wind Energy Zoning in Four Midwest States

This paper examines the many facets of wind energy zoning. Part 1 outlines zoning approaches practiced in the United States. Part 2 looks at methods of regulating wind energy development in four Midwestern states - zeroing in on Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Nebraska. Part 3 analyzes state and local control of wind energy regulations. A combination of state and local governance of wind energy facilities are the most beneficial for developing effective commercial wind energy zoning ordinances that encourage wind energy development.

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