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.

In December 2019, Congress passed extensions of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The PTC provides a tax credit of 1¢–2¢ per kilowatt-hour for the first 10 years of electricity generation for utility-scale wind. The alternative ITC provides a credit for 12%–30% of investment costs at the start of the project. Learn more about the PTC and ITC.

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 Laura Carter.

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Type of Wind
Date Enacted/Updated
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 May 6, 2019

California Amador County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance Small January 2010

Amador County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Jan. 31, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Sonoma County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance Small September 2013

Sonoma County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Sept. 10, 2013

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

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. 21, 2021

California San Luis Abisbo County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 23.08.316 Both December 1992

San Luis Abisbo County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 23.08.316

Date: Dec. 15, 1992

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 20, 2021

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. 20, 2021

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. 21, 2021

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 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 May 6, 2019

California Kern County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 19 - Section 08.415 Small November 2011

Kern County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 19 - Section 08.415

Date: Nov. 8, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 21, 2021

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