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.

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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State
Title
Type of Wind
Date Enacted/Updated
California Santa Cruz County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance Both January 1983

Santa Cruz County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Jan. 31, 1983

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Lassen County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance Both January 1984

Lassen County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Jan. 31, 1984

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Minnesota Fairmont, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 26 Article V Division 5 Small June 1986

Fairmont, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 26 Article V Division 5

Date: June 30, 1986

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Kansas Sedgwick, Kansas - Wind Energy Ordinance Both September 1989

Sedgwick, Kansas - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Sept. 5, 1989

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

New York Town of Hamlin, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance Small September 1991

Town of Hamlin, New York - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Sept. 4, 1991

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Connecticut Salem, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 23 Small December 1991

Salem, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 23

Date: Dec. 15, 1991

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California San Luis Abisbo County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 23.08.316 Both December 1992

San Luis Abisbo County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 23.08.316

Date: Dec. 15, 1992

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Connecticut Wallingford, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV Chapter 4.1 Section D-3 Small November 1995

Wallingford, Connecticut - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV Chapter 4.1 Section D-3

Date: Nov. 19, 1995

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Iowa Marshall County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 3 (E) Small January 1997

Marshall County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 3 (E)

Date: Jan. 1, 1997

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

South Dakota Brown County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 4 Chapter 4.36 Both February 1997

Brown County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 4 Chapter 4.36

Date: Feb. 18, 1997

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

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