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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Type of Wind
Date Enacted/Updated
Vermont Londonderry, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 407 (3) Small January 2010

Londonderry, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 407 (3)

Date: Jan. 12, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Vermont Marlboro, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 470 Small March 2007

Marlboro, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 470

Date: March 1, 2007

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Vermont Middlesex, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article III - Section 3.6 Small September 2006

Middlesex, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article III - Section 3.6

Date: Sept. 1, 2006

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Vermont Newfane, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section 580 Small October 2008

Newfane, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section 580

Date: Oct. 4, 2008

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Virginia Nelson County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 22 Small January 2009

Nelson County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 22

Date: Jan. 31, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on May 7, 2019

Virginia Virginia Model Wind Ordinance

Virginia Model Wind Ordinance

Verified by WINDExchange on June 23, 2017

Virginia Suffolk, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance Small December 2016

Suffolk, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Dec. 19, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Virginia Prince William County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 32-300.02-19 Small October 2015

Prince William County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 32-300.02-19

Date: Oct. 6, 2015

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

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

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