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.

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
Vermont Barnet, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 417 Small October 1997

Barnet, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 417

Date: Oct. 9, 1997

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

New York Town of West Bloomfield, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance Both May 1999

Town of West Bloomfield, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: May 12, 1999

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Iowa Guthrie Center, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance Both December 1999

Guthrie Center, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Dec. 2, 1999

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Nebraska Cedar County, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance Both April 2000

Cedar County, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: April 24, 2000

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

South Dakota Brookings, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance Large October 2001

Brookings, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Oct. 2, 2001

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Riverside County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 17.224 Article 2 Small January 2002

Riverside County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 17.224 Article 2

Date: Jan. 31, 2002

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Mono County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 20.05 Small January 2002

Mono County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 20.05

Date: Jan. 31, 2002

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

New York Town of Roxbury, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance Both January 2002

Town of Roxbury, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Jan. 31, 2002

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Riverside County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 17.224 Article 1 Large January 2002

Riverside County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 17.224 Article 1

Date: Jan. 31, 2002

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Nebraska Madison, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 625 Both March 2003

Madison, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 625

Date: March 1, 2003

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

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