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.

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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State
Title
Type of Wind
Date Enacted/Updated
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

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 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 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 Calaveras County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 17 Article 3 Chapter 17.22.060 Small June 2017

Calaveras County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 17 Article 3 Chapter 17.22.060

Date: June 12, 2017

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 Lassen County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance Both January 1984

Lassen County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Jan. 31, 1984

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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

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 Butte County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 25 Section 24-157 E Both July 2015

Butte County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 25 Section 24-157 E

Date: July 2, 2015

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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