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
Pennsylvania Paint Township, Pennsylvania - Wind Energy Ordinance Both August 2018

Paint Township, Pennsylvania - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Aug. 7, 2018

Verified by WINDExchange on May 18, 2019

Iowa Kossuth County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance Large August 2018

Kossuth County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Aug. 14, 2018

Verified by WINDExchange on May 18, 2019

Maryland Maryland Counties with Wind Energy Ordinances May 2019

Maryland Counties with Wind Energy Ordinances

Date: May 6, 2019

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

North Carolina North Carolina Model Wind Ordinance

North Carolina Model Wind Ordinance

Verified by WINDExchange on June 23, 2017

Virginia Virginia Model Wind Ordinance

Virginia Model Wind Ordinance

Verified by WINDExchange on June 23, 2017

Utah Utah Model Wind Energy Ordinance

Utah Model Wind Energy Ordinance

Verified by WINDExchange on June 23, 2017

New Jersey New Jersey Counties with Wind Energy Ordinances

New Jersey Counties with Wind Energy Ordinances

Verified by WINDExchange on June 23, 2017

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