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
Minnesota Pipestone County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 5 - Section 5-10 Both December 2005

Pipestone County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 5 - Section 5-10

Date: Dec. 13, 2005

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Illinois Lee County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 10 - Chapter 15 - Section 10-15-15 Large January 2006

Lee County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 10 - Chapter 15 - Section 10-15-15

Date: Jan. 17, 2006

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Nebraska Dakota County, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 900.2 Small February 2006

Dakota County, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 900.2

Date: Feb. 21, 2006

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Vermont Bristol, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section 527 Small March 2006

Bristol, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section 527

Date: March 7, 2006

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Indiana Benton County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance Both March 2006

Benton County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: March 7, 2006

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 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

Ohio Catawba Island Township, Ohio - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 7-K Small August 2006

Catawba Island Township, Ohio - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 7-K

Date: Aug. 1, 2006

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Vermont Middlesex, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article III - Section 3.6 Small September 2006

Middlesex, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article III - Section 3.6

Date: Sept. 1, 2006

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Vermont Marlboro, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 470 Small March 2007

Marlboro, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 470

Date: March 1, 2007

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Texas Grand Prairie, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance Small April 2007

Grand Prairie, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: April 3, 2007

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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