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.
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.
Type of Wind
|California||San Luis Abisbo County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 23.08.316||Both||December 1992|
|California||Santa Barbara, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 35.57||Both||December 2011|
|California||Santa Cruz County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance||Both||January 1983|
|California||Solano County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 28.80||Large||January 2012|
|California||Sonoma County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance||Small||September 2013|
|California||Sutter County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Part 3 - Article 17||Small||June 2016|
|California||Yolo County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance||Both||September 2015|
|Colorado||Arapahoe County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance||Small||May 2012|
|Colorado||Aurora, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance||Both||April 2011|
|Colorado||Boulder County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 4-514 (N)||Small||December 2016|