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 Bland County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 62 - Article 3 - Section 62-135 Both October 2010

Bland County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 62 - Article 3 - Section 62-135

Date: Oct. 26, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Michigan Bloomfield, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 4 Small June 2009

Bloomfield, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 4

Date: June 15, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

Missouri Blue Springs, Missouri - Wind Energy Ordinance Small August 2009

Blue Springs, Missouri - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Aug. 3, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

Illinois Boone County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance Large December 2012

Boone County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Dec. 3, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on May 19, 2019

Iowa Boone County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VIII - Section 8.03 Small May 2009

Boone County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VIII - Section 8.03

Date: May 5, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Iowa Boone County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VIII - Section 8.04 Large May 2009

Boone County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VIII - Section 8.04

Date: May 5, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Massachusetts Boston, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance Both July 2017

Boston, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: July 6, 2017

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Virginia Botetourt County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance Both June 2015

Botetourt County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: June 23, 2015

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Nevada Boulder City, Nevada - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 11 - Chapter 20 - Section 9 Small December 2011

Boulder City, Nevada - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 11 - Chapter 20 - Section 9

Date: Dec. 16, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Colorado Boulder County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 4-514 (N) Small December 2016

Boulder County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 4-514 (N)

Date: Dec. 1, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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