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.

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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State
Title
Type of Wind
Date Enacted/Updated
California Amador County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance Small January 2010

Amador County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Jan. 31, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Los Angeles County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 22.52 Part 15 Small December 2016

Los Angeles County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 22.52 Part 15

Date: Dec. 13, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Contra Costa, California - Wind Energy Ordinance Both April 2011

Contra Costa, California - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: April 5, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Riverside County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 17.224 Article 2 Small January 2002

Riverside County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 17.224 Article 2

Date: Jan. 31, 2002

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California El Dorado, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 130 - Article 4 - Section 130.40.390 Both July 2017

El Dorado, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 130 - Article 4 - Section 130.40.390

Date: July 5, 2017

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Colorado Lamar, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 16 Article XVII Section 16.17.190 Both January 2017

Lamar, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 16 Article XVII Section 16.17.190

Date: Jan. 16, 2017

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Colorado El Paso County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 5 Section 5.2.57 Small May 2016

El Paso County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 5 Section 5.2.57

Date: May 17, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Colorado Park County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Division 7 Section 5-711 Small May 2016

Park County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Division 7 Section 5-711

Date: May 31, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Colorado Pueblo, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title XVII Chapter 4 Article VII Section 17-4-72 Small February 2009

Pueblo, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title XVII Chapter 4 Article VII Section 17-4-72

Date: Feb. 23, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Colorado Larimer County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance Small March 2009

Larimer County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: March 19, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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