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.
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.
Type of Wind
|California||Lassen County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance||Both||January 1984|
|California||Kern County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 19 - Section 64.140||Both||November 2011|
|California||Santa Barbara, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 35.57||Both||December 2011|
|California||San Luis Abisbo County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 23.08.316||Both||December 1992|
|California||Calaveras County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 17 Article 3 Chapter 17.22.060||Small||June 2017|
|California||Amador County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance||Small||January 2010|
|California||Sonoma County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance||Small||September 2013|
|California||Butte County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 25 Section 24-157 E||Both||July 2015|
|Colorado||Boulder County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 4-514 (N)||Small||December 2016|
|Colorado||Cheyenne County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance||Large||April 2011|