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
South Dakota Aberdeen, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 4.36 Both August 2009

Aberdeen, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 4.36

Date: Aug. 25, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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

Michigan Ada Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance Both June 2010

Ada Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: June 28, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Ohio Ada, Ohio - Wind Energy Ordinance - Part 11 - Chapter 1183 Small January 2010

Ada, Ohio - Wind Energy Ordinance - Part 11 - Chapter 1183

Date: Jan. 19, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Illinois Adams County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 5-6-1 Both August 2010

Adams County, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 5-6-1

Date: Aug. 10, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Michigan Akron Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 14 - Section 14.15 Both May 2016

Akron Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 14 - Section 14.15

Date: May 17, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Maryland Alleghany County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance Both June 2009

Alleghany County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: June 4, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Virginia Alleghany County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance Small May 2009

Alleghany County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: May 19, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Amador County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance Small January 2010

Amador County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Jan. 31, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Virginia Amherst, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance Small December 2009

Amherst, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Dec. 1, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

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