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
Michigan Otsego County, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 21.47 Both December 2015

Otsego County, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 21.47

Date: Dec. 15, 2015

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Nebraska Madison, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 625 Both March 2003

Madison, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 625

Date: March 1, 2003

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

North Carolina Carteret County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance Both November 2013

Carteret County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Nov. 18, 2013

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Wisconsin New Glarus, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance Both July 2008

New Glarus, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: July 1, 2008

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Massachusetts Barnstable, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance Both June 2007

Barnstable, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: June 14, 2007

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Michigan Troy, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 12.04 Both October 2016

Troy, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 12.04

Date: Oct. 24, 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

Colorado Lamar, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 16 Article XVII Section 16.17.190 Both January 2017

Lamar, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 16 Article XVII Section 16.17.190

Date: Jan. 16, 2017

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

Illinois Adams County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 5-6-1 Both August 2010

Adams County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 5-6-1

Date: Aug. 10, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

Indiana Marshall County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 6 - Section 230 Both November 2007

Marshall County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 6 - Section 230

Date: Nov. 5, 2007

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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