In many states, local governments (especially counties) are given wide discretion to govern the siting of wind energy projects. There are both state-level and national-level efforts currently underway to better document those local zoning ordinances. At this session, we’ll talk about some of those efforts, and the challenges being faced in collecting the ordinances and categorizing those that permit or restrict wind development. We’ll also talk about the opportunities that such databases might provide wind developers and state lawmakers, but also whether there is a risk in making restrictive ordinances more readily accessible.
Attendees to this session will learn:
- About efforts in Michigan and within AWEA to document local wind ordinances
- How a database of wind ordinances might be used (e.g., for development, modeling, etc.)