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.

In December 2019, Congress passed extensions of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The PTC provides a tax credit of 1¢–2¢ per kilowatt-hour for the first 10 years of electricity generation for utility-scale wind. The alternative ITC provides a credit for 12%–30% of investment costs at the start of the project. Learn more about the PTC and ITC.

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
Texas Waller, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance Small October 2010

Waller, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Oct. 18, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Michigan Walker, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 94 Article XIX Both October 2009

Walker, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 94 Article XIX

Date: Oct. 16, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Minnesota Wabasha, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance Both November 2010

Wabasha, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Nov. 16, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Indiana Wabash County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance Both December 2017

Wabash County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Dec. 18, 2017

Verified by WINDExchange on May 18, 2019

Virginia Virginia Model Wind Ordinance

Virginia Model Wind Ordinance

Verified by WINDExchange on June 23, 2017

Virginia Virginia Beach, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance Small September 2009

Virginia Beach, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Sept. 8, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Ohio Village of Woodville, Ohio - Wind Energy Ordinance Small August 2009

Village of Woodville, Ohio - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Aug. 10, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

New York Vernon, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article XXVIII Small August 2009

Vernon, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article XXVIII

Date: Aug. 10, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Illinois Vermillion County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance Large January 2009

Vermillion County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Jan. 20, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Pennsylvania Valley Township, Pennsylvania - Wind Energy Ordinance Both August 2008

Valley Township, Pennsylvania - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Aug. 20, 2008

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

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