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
Texas Brownsville, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance Small April 2010

Brownsville, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: April 6, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Maine Buckfield, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance Both June 2010

Buckfield, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: June 6, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Arizona Bullhead City, Arizona - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 17 Section 39 Small December 2009

Bullhead City, Arizona - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 17 Section 39

Date: Dec. 15, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

North Dakota Burleigh County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 8 Section 21 Both May 2011

Burleigh County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 8 Section 21

Date: May 16, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Texas Burleson, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance Small October 2010

Burleson, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Oct. 18, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Butte County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 25 Section 24-157 E Both July 2015

Butte County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 25 Section 24-157 E

Date: July 2, 2015

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Vermont Calais, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 3 - Section 3.5 Small March 2012

Calais, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 3 - Section 3.5

Date: March 6, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Calaveras County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 17 Article 3 Chapter 17.22.060 Small June 2017

Calaveras County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 17 Article 3 Chapter 17.22.060

Date: June 12, 2017

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

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

Maryland Calvert County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance Small March 2010

Calvert County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: March 13, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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