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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State
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

Virginia Amherst, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance Small December 2009

Amherst, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Dec. 1, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

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

Virginia Washington County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance Both December 2012

Washington County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Dec. 11, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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

Rockingham County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Nov. 17, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

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

Washington Umatilla, Washington - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 152.616 - Section HHH Large April 2016

Umatilla, Washington - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 152.616 - Section HHH

Date: April 13, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Wisconsin New Glarus, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance Both July 2008

New Glarus, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: July 1, 2008

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Wisconsin Calumet County, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 79 Both January 2015

Calumet County, Wisconsin - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 79

Date: Jan. 20, 2015

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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