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
Maine Winthrop, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance Small April 2010

Winthrop, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: April 20, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Connecticut Windsor, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 14.1.20 Small May 2012

Windsor, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 14.1.20

Date: May 25, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

Michigan Wilson, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance Both November 2008

Wilson, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Nov. 21, 2008

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

North Dakota Williams County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VI - Chapter 6-10 Large September 2015

Williams County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VI - Chapter 6-10

Date: Sept. 15, 2015

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Illinois Will County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title XV Chapter 155 Section 155-9.260 Large October 2012

Will County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title XV Chapter 155 Section 155-9.260

Date: Oct. 1, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Maryland Wicomico County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance Small March 2010

Wicomico County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: March 2, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Texas Wichita Falls, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance Both May 2009

Wichita Falls, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: May 5, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Indiana White County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance Both August 2008

White County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Aug. 7, 2008

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Massachusetts Westport, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 17 Both October 2014

Westport, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 17

Date: Oct. 6, 2014

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Utah West Valley City, Utah - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 7-7-203 Small March 2017

West Valley City, Utah - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 7-7-203

Date: March 16, 2017

Verified by WINDExchange on May 7, 2019

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