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.

The paper's author Alissa Doerr is a 2016 J.D. Candidate at the University of Nebraska College of Law. She is also a Legal Extern at the Center for Rural Affairs.

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