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.
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.
Type of Wind
|North Carolina||Camden County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance||Both||September 2007|
|New Hampshire||Canaan, New Hampshire - Wind Energy Ordinance||Large||March 2018|
|New Mexico||Carlsbad, New Mexico - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 56-70 (20)||Small||October 2011|
|Maryland||Caroline County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance||Small||January 2010|
|Illinois||Carroll County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 700 Section 5.06||Both||September 2013|
|Indiana||Carroll County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance||Both||November 2009|
|Maryland||Carroll County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance||Small||May 2008|
|Nevada||Carson City, Nevada - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 18.05.080||Small||July 2009|
|North Carolina||Carteret County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance||Both||November 2013|
|Massachusetts||Carver, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 3650||Both||March 2013|