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 Solano County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 28.80 Large January 2012

Solano County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 28.80

Date: Jan. 31, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Marin County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 22I Chapter 22.71 Both January 2012

Marin County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 22I Chapter 22.71

Date: Jan. 24, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Napa County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance Small December 2010

Napa County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Dec. 31, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Sutter County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Part 3 - Article 17 Small June 2016

Sutter County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Part 3 - Article 17

Date: June 1, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Riverside County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 17.224 Article 2 Small January 2002

Riverside County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 17.224 Article 2

Date: Jan. 31, 2002

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Orange County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance Small December 2010

Orange County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Dec. 14, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Mono County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 20.05 Small January 2002

Mono County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 20.05

Date: Jan. 31, 2002

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Santa Cruz County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance Both January 1983

Santa Cruz County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Jan. 31, 1983

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Monterey, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 21.64.120 Both January 2009

Monterey, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 21.64.120

Date: Jan. 28, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Riverside County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 17.224 Article 1 Large January 2002

Riverside County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 17.224 Article 1

Date: Jan. 31, 2002

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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