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
Alaska Anchorage, Alaska - Wind Energy Ordinance Small February 2013

Anchorage, Alaska - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Feb. 26, 2013

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Texas Anna, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 34.13 Small August 2014

Anna, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 34.13

Date: Aug. 12, 2014

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Maryland Anne Arundel County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance Small July 2010

Anne Arundel County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: July 6, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

North Dakota Apple Creek Township, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 7 - Section 7.5 Small March 2011

Apple Creek Township, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 7 - Section 7.5

Date: March 15, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Colorado Arapahoe County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance Small May 2012

Arapahoe County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: May 22, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Texas Arlington, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 3 - Section 3.3.6 (B2) Small February 2017

Arlington, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 3 - Section 3.3.6 (B2)

Date: Feb. 14, 2017

Verified by WINDExchange on May 7, 2019

North Carolina Ashe County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title XV Chapter 163 Small October 2016

Ashe County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title XV Chapter 163

Date: Oct. 3, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Ohio Ashtabula, Ohio - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 564.25 (small) and Section 564.26 (large) Both January 2014

Ashtabula, Ohio - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 564.25 (small) and Section 564.26 (large)

Date: Jan. 8, 2014

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Colorado Aurora, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance Both April 2011

Aurora, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: April 11, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Connecticut Avon, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Appendix D Section IV - U Small June 2009

Avon, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Appendix D Section IV - U

Date: June 9, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

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