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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Title
Type of Wind
Date Enacted/Updated
Texas Wichita Falls, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance Both May 2009

Wichita Falls, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: May 5, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Texas McKinney, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance Small November 2009

McKinney, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Nov. 3, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Texas Weatherford, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance Small January 2010

Weatherford, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Jan. 25, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Texas Denison, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 28.56 Small July 2009

Denison, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 28.56

Date: July 29, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Texas Anna, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 34.13 Small August 2014

Anna, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 34.13

Date: Aug. 12, 2014

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Texas Balch Springs, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 28 Small May 2010

Balch Springs, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 28

Date: May 24, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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

Texas San Marcos, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 4.3.4.7 Small June 2011

San Marcos, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 4.3.4.7

Date: June 21, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on May 7, 2019

Texas Seagoville, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 25.02.713 Both September 2009

Seagoville, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 25.02.713

Date: Sept. 17, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on May 7, 2019

Texas Abilene, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance Both January 2012

Abilene, Texas - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Jan. 12, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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