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.
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
|California||Yolo County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance||Both||September 2015|
|California||Mono County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 20.05||Small||January 2002|
|California||Orange County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance||Small||December 2010|
|California||Santa Cruz County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance||Both||January 1983|
|California||Calaveras County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 17 Article 3 Chapter 17.22.060||Small||June 2017|
|California||Sutter County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Part 3 - Article 17||Small||June 2016|
|California||Lassen County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance||Both||January 1984|
|California||Santa Clara, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 4.10.390||Large||March 2003|
|California||Monterey, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 21.64.120||Both||January 2009|
|California||Butte County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 25 Section 24-157 E||Both||July 2015|