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
Massachusetts Chillmark, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 4.2-4 Both August 2008

Chillmark, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 4.2-4

Date: Aug. 1, 2008

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Massachusetts Woburn, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance Both February 2017

Woburn, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Feb. 1, 2017

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Michigan Meridian Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance Both May 2011

Meridian Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: May 5, 2011

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

Vermont Duxbury, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section 14 Both January 2011

Duxbury, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section 14

Date: Jan. 31, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Wisconsin Calumet County, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 79 Both January 2015

Calumet County, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 79

Date: Jan. 20, 2015

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Michigan Montrose, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance Both May 2010

Montrose, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: May 27, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance Both July 2017

Boston, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: July 6, 2017

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

North Carolina Pasquotank, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 9 - Section 9.04-32 Both January 2011

Pasquotank, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 9 - Section 9.04-32

Date: Jan. 10, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on May 7, 2019

Missouri Raymore, Missouri - Wind Energy Ordinance Both May 2010

Raymore, Missouri - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: May 12, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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