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
Texas Balch Springs, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 28 Small May 2010

Balch Springs, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 28

Date: May 24, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Alabama Baldwin County, Alabama - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 13.13 Large May 2013

Baldwin County, Alabama - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 13.13

Date: May 23, 2013

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

Michigan Banks Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VIII - Section 8.03 - 14 Both October 2009

Banks Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VIII - Section 8.03 - 14

Date: Oct. 9, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Vermont Barnet, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 417 Small October 1997

Barnet, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 417

Date: Oct. 9, 1997

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Massachusetts Barnstable, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance Both June 2007

Barnstable, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: June 14, 2007

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Vermont Barre, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 5.2.03 Small August 2010

Barre, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 5.2.03

Date: Aug. 27, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Wisconsin Barron, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance Both April 2017

Barron, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: April 28, 2017

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Kansas Barton County, Kansas - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VIII Both January 2013

Barton County, Kansas - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VIII

Date: Jan. 28, 2013

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Vermont Barton, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 3 - Section 331 Both March 2006

Barton, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 3 - Section 331

Date: March 27, 2006

Verified by WINDExchange on Feb. 16, 2018

Illinois Batavia, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance Small May 2010

Batavia, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: May 17, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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