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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Type of Wind
Date Enacted/Updated
Utah Tremonton, Utah - Wind Energy Ordinance Small June 2013

Tremonton, Utah - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: June 1, 2013

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Utah Payson, Utah - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 19.17a Small January 2016

Payson, Utah - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 19.17a

Date: Jan. 6, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Utah Milford City, Utah - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 13.46 Small June 2008

Milford City, Utah - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 13.46

Date: June 18, 2008

Verified by WINDExchange on May 7, 2019

Utah Utah Model Wind Energy Ordinance

Utah Model Wind Energy Ordinance

Verified by WINDExchange on June 23, 2017

Utah Washington Terrace, Utah - Wind Energy Ordinance Small June 2013

Washington Terrace, Utah - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: June 4, 2013

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Utah Box Elder County, Utah - Wind Energy Ordinance Both July 2010

Box Elder County, Utah - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: July 29, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Utah Daggett County, Utah - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article XIX Both October 2011

Daggett County, Utah - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article XIX

Date: Oct. 28, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Utah Lindon City, Utah - Wind Energy Ordinance Small June 2016

Lindon City, Utah - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: June 6, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Utah West Valley City, Utah - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 7-7-203 Small March 2017

West Valley City, Utah - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 7-7-203

Date: March 16, 2017

Verified by WINDExchange on May 7, 2019

Utah South Weber City, Utah - Wind Energy Ordinance Both March 2013

South Weber City, Utah - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: March 28, 2013

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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