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 Frank A. Oteri.

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Title
Type of Wind
Date Enacted/Updated
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

California San Diego County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 6951 and Section 6952 Both April 2012

San Diego County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 6951 and Section 6952

Date: April 30, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Lassen County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance Both January 1984

Lassen County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Jan. 31, 1984

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Santa Barbara, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 35.57 Both December 2011

Santa Barbara, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 35.57

Date: Dec. 1, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

California Butte County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 25 Section 24-157 E Both July 2015

Butte County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 25 Section 24-157 E

Date: July 2, 2015

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Colorado Arapahoe County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance Small May 2012

Arapahoe County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: May 22, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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