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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Type of Wind
Date Enacted/Updated
Arizona Bullhead City, Arizona - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 17 Section 39 Small December 2009

Bullhead City, Arizona - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 17 Section 39

Date: Dec. 15, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

Arizona Coconino, Arizona - Wind Energy Ordinance Large July 2012

Coconino, Arizona - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: July 13, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Arizona Kingman, Arizona - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 26.1300 Small March 2009

Kingman, Arizona - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 26.1300

Date: March 2, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 20, 2021

California San Bernadino, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 8 Chapter 84-26 Small December 2012

San Bernadino, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 8 Chapter 84-26

Date: Dec. 27, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Santa Clara, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 4.10.390 Large March 2003

Santa Clara, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 4.10.390

Date: March 1, 2003

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Yolo County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance Both September 2015

Yolo County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Sept. 18, 2015

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Sutter County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Part 3 - Article 17 Small June 2016

Sutter County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Part 3 - Article 17

Date: June 1, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Monterey, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 21.64.120 Both January 2009

Monterey, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 21.64.120

Date: Jan. 28, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 20, 2021

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. 20, 2021

California Kern County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 19 - Section 64 Large November 2011

Kern County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 19 - Section 64

Date: Nov. 8, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 21, 2021

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