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.
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.
Type of Wind
|Michigan||Otsego County, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 21.47||Both||December 2015|
|Nebraska||Madison, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 625||Both||March 2003|
|North Carolina||Carteret County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance||Both||November 2013|
|Wisconsin||New Glarus, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance||Both||July 2008|
|Massachusetts||Barnstable, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance||Both||June 2007|
|Michigan||Troy, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 12.04||Both||October 2016|
|California||Yolo County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance||Both||September 2015|
|Colorado||Lamar, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 16 Article XVII Section 16.17.190||Both||January 2017|
|Illinois||Adams County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 5-6-1||Both||August 2010|
|Indiana||Marshall County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 6 - Section 230||Both||November 2007|