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
Georgia Floyd County, Georgia - Wind Energy Ordinance Small July 2010

Floyd County, Georgia - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: July 27, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Idaho Bingham, Idaho - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 7.43 Both October 2012

Bingham, Idaho - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 7.43

Date: Oct. 9, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on May 18, 2019

Idaho Jefferson County, Idaho - Wind Energy Ordinance Both December 2008

Jefferson County, Idaho - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Dec. 8, 2008

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Illinois Adams County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 5-6-1 Both August 2010

Adams County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 5-6-1

Date: Aug. 10, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

Illinois Batavia, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance Small May 2010

Batavia, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: May 17, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Illinois Ford County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance Small June 2009

Ford County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: June 10, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Illinois Lee County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 10 - Chapter 15 - Section 10-15-15 Large January 2006

Lee County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 10 - Chapter 15 - Section 10-15-15

Date: Jan. 17, 2006

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Illinois Tazewell County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance Small February 2012

Tazewell County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Feb. 29, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Illinois Woodford County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Zoning Ordinance - Section 28 Large September 2012

Woodford County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Zoning Ordinance - Section 28

Date: Sept. 18, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

Illinois Boone County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance Large December 2012

Boone County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Dec. 3, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on May 19, 2019

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