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
Colorado Yuma County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 5 Section 5-104-I Large December 2014

Yuma County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 5 Section 5-104-I

Date: Dec. 16, 2014

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

Colorado El Paso County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 5 Section 5.1.60 Small May 2016

El Paso County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 5 Section 5.1.60

Date: May 17, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

Colorado Larimer County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance Small March 2009

Larimer County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: March 19, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Colorado Park County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Division 7 Section 5-711 Small May 2016

Park County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Division 7 Section 5-711

Date: May 31, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Connecticut Griswold, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 11.15 Small January 2012

Griswold, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 11.15

Date: Jan. 15, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Connecticut Colchester, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 8.11.13 Small January 2015

Colchester, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 8.11.13

Date: Jan. 15, 2015

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

Connecticut Salem, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 23 Small December 1991

Salem, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 23

Date: Dec. 15, 1991

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Connecticut Wallingford, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV Chapter 4.1 Section D-3 Small November 1995

Wallingford, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV Chapter 4.1 Section D-3

Date: Nov. 19, 1995

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Connecticut Brookfield, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance Small November 2009

Brookfield, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Nov. 8, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Connecticut Waterbury, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 10.25 Small June 2011

Waterbury, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 10.25

Date: June 16, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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