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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State
Title
Type of Wind
Date Enacted/Updated
Arizona Navajo County, Arizona - Wind Energy Ordinance Large October 2010

Navajo County, Arizona - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Oct. 26, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Arizona Cave Creek, Arizona - Wind Energy Ordinance Small December 2011

Cave Creek, Arizona - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Dec. 22, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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 Flagstaff, Arizona - Accessory Wind Energy Systems Ordinance Small January 2009

Flagstaff, Arizona - Accessory Wind Energy Systems Ordinance

Date: Jan. 1, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on March 22, 2019

California El Dorado, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 130 - Article 4 - Section 130.40.390 Both July 2017

El Dorado, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 130 - Article 4 - Section 130.40.390

Date: July 5, 2017

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

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 Los Angeles County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 22.52 Part 15 Small December 2016

Los Angeles County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 22.52 Part 15

Date: Dec. 13, 2016

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 San Bernadino, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 8 Chapter 84-29 Large December 2012

San Bernadino, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 8 Chapter 84-29

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

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