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.
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
|Alaska||Cordova, Alaska - Wind Energy Ordinance||Both||December 2010|
|Alaska||Anchorage, Alaska - Wind Energy Ordinance||Small||February 2013|
|Alaska||Kenai, Alaska - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 14 Chapter 14.20 Section 14.20.235||Both||January 2009|
|Alaska||Homer, Alaska - Wind Energy Ordinance||Small||September 2009|
|Arizona||Kingman, Arizona - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 26.1300||Small||March 2009|
|Arizona||Navajo County, Arizona - Wind Energy Ordinance||Large||October 2010|
|Arizona||Coconino, Arizona - Wind Energy Ordinance||Large||July 2012|
|Arizona||Cave Creek, Arizona - Wind Energy Ordinance||Small||December 2011|
|Arizona||Bullhead City, Arizona - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 17 Section 39||Small||December 2009|
|California||Santa Barbara, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 35.57||Both||December 2011|