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
Virginia Rockingham County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance Small November 2010

Rockingham County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Nov. 17, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on May 7, 2019

Virginia Alleghany County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance Small May 2009

Alleghany County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: May 19, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Virginia Halifax County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance Small November 2007

Halifax County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Nov. 5, 2007

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 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

Vermont Duxbury, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section 14 Both January 2011

Duxbury, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section 14

Date: Jan. 31, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Vermont Fairfax, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VI - Section 6.8 Small September 2016

Fairfax, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VI - Section 6.8

Date: Sept. 19, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Vermont New Haven, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section 527 Small August 2012

New Haven, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section 527

Date: Aug. 21, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Vermont Hinesburg, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V Section 5.24 Small November 2013

Hinesburg, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V Section 5.24

Date: Nov. 5, 2013

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Vermont Barnet, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 417 Small October 1997

Barnet, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 417

Date: Oct. 9, 1997

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

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