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
North Carolina Camden County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance Both September 2007

Camden County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Sept. 17, 2007

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

New Hampshire Canaan, New Hampshire - Wind Energy Ordinance Large March 2018

Canaan, New Hampshire - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: March 13, 2018

Verified by WINDExchange on May 18, 2019

New Mexico Carlsbad, New Mexico - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 56-70 (20) Small October 2011

Carlsbad, New Mexico - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 56-70 (20)

Date: Oct. 11, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

Maryland Caroline County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance Small January 2010

Caroline County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Jan. 6, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Illinois Carroll County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 700 Section 5.06 Both September 2013

Carroll County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 700 Section 5.06

Date: Sept. 5, 2013

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Indiana Carroll County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance Both November 2009

Carroll County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Nov. 16, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Maryland Carroll County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance Small May 2008

Carroll County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: May 6, 2008

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Nevada Carson City, Nevada - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 18.05.080 Small July 2009

Carson City, Nevada - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 18.05.080

Date: July 2, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

North Carolina Carteret County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance Both November 2013

Carteret County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Nov. 18, 2013

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Massachusetts Carver, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 3650 Both March 2013

Carver, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 3650

Date: March 1, 2013

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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