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
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

New York South Bristol, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance Small August 2003

South Bristol, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Aug. 11, 2003

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

New York South Bristol, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance Large August 2003

South Bristol, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Aug. 11, 2003

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Pennsylvania Somerset, Pennsylvania - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article X - Section 1006 Both April 2004

Somerset, Pennsylvania - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article X - Section 1006

Date: April 8, 2004

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

New York Town of Eden, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance Small April 2004

Town of Eden, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: April 28, 2004

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Massachusetts Orleans, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 164-35.1 Both May 2004

Orleans, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 164-35.1

Date: May 10, 2004

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

South Dakota Deuel County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article XII - Section 1215 Both July 2004

Deuel County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article XII - Section 1215

Date: July 6, 2004

Verified by WINDExchange on Feb. 16, 2018

Michigan Hamlin Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 19 - Section AD Both November 2004

Hamlin Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 19 - Section AD

Date: Nov. 18, 2004

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Wisconsin Racine County, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance Small December 2004

Racine County, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Dec. 14, 2004

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Minnesota Chippewa County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance Both February 2005

Chippewa County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Feb. 15, 2005

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

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