Wind Energy Policies and Incentives

Federal, state, and local regulations govern many aspects of wind energy development. The nature of the project and its location will largely drive the levels of regulation required. Check the DSIRE database of federal and state renewable energy policies and incentives.

In December 2019, Congress passed extensions of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The PTC provides a tax credit of 1¢–2¢ per kilowatt-hour for the first 10 years of electricity generation for utility-scale wind. The alternative ITC provides a credit for 12%–30% of investment costs at the start of the project. Learn more about the PTC and ITC.

To learn about primary federal incentives for developing and investing in wind power, resources for funding wind power, and opportunities to partner with the U.S. Department of Energy and other federal agencies on efforts to move the U.S. wind industry forward, see Advancing the Growth of the U.S. Wind Industry: Federal Incentives, Funding, and Partnership Opportunities.

Ordinances Database

Wind energy ordinances adopted by counties, towns, and other types of municipalities are one of the best ways for local governments to identify conditions and priorities for all types of wind development. These ordinances regulate aspects of wind projects such as their location, permitting process, and construction. The standards specified in ordinances provide clarity to wind developers and the public. Ordinances may also address issues of community impact such as: land use, noise standards, and safety.

The WINDExchange ordinances database is a collection of U.S. wind energy ordinances at the state and local levels; it is not exhaustive. If you would like to submit a wind energy ordinance that is not represented in the database, please email Frank A. Oteri.

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Title
Type of Wind
Date Enacted/Updated
Nebraska Cherry County, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance Both July 2012

Cherry County, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: July 31, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Colorado Cheyenne County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance Large April 2011

Cheyenne County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: April 19, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Massachusetts Chillmark, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 4.2-4 Both August 2008

Chillmark, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 4.2-4

Date: Aug. 1, 2008

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Minnesota Chippewa County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance Both February 2005

Chippewa County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Feb. 15, 2005

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Nevada Churchill County, Nevada - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 16 Chapter 16 Section 16.16.030.4 Small August 2016

Churchill County, Nevada - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 16 Chapter 16 Section 16.16.030.4

Date: Aug. 4, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Minnesota City of Mahtomedi, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 11.01 Zoning Ordinance - Subdivision 9.4 Small May 2016

City of Mahtomedi, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 11.01 Zoning Ordinance - Subdivision 9.4

Date: May 20, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

Nevada City of Sparks, Nevada - Wind Energy Ordinance Both August 2015

City of Sparks, Nevada - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Aug. 24, 2015

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Minnesota Clay County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance Both July 2009

Clay County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: July 21, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

South Dakota Clay County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 3 - Section 3.14 Both February 2010

Clay County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 3 - Section 3.14

Date: Feb. 24, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Missouri Clayton, Missouri - Wind Energy Ordinance Small February 2012

Clayton, Missouri - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Feb. 28, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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