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 Renville County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance Both May 2011

Renville County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: May 31, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Minnesota Otter Tail County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance Both February 2011

Otter Tail County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Feb. 15, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

Minnesota Hibbing, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 11.64 Both March 2010

Hibbing, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 11.64

Date: March 28, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Iowa Palo Alto County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance Both September 2016

Palo Alto County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Sept. 13, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Nebraska Imperial, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 11 Both November 2014

Imperial, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 11

Date: Nov. 4, 2014

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Nebraska Cass County, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 7 - Section 7.14 Both June 2016

Cass County, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 7 - Section 7.14

Date: June 1, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

South Dakota Minnehaha County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 12.02 Both July 2014

Minnehaha County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 12.02

Date: July 28, 2014

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Texas Wichita Falls, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance Both May 2009

Wichita Falls, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: May 5, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Utah Riverton City, Utah - Wind Energy Ordinance Both June 2017

Riverton City, Utah - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: June 20, 2017

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Indiana Madison County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance Both April 2009

Madison County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: April 21, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 10, 2019

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