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.

In December 2019, Congress passed extensions of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The PTC provides a tax credit of 1¢–2¢ per kilowatt-hour for the first 10 years of electricity generation for utility-scale wind. The alternative ITC provides a credit for 12%–30% of investment costs at the start of the project. Learn more about the PTC and ITC.

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 Laura Carter.

565 results | Download
State
Title
Type of Wind
Date Enacted/Updated
Tennessee Tennessee - State Minimum Requirements for Wind Energy April 2018

Tennessee - State Minimum Requirements for Wind Energy

Date: April 24, 2018

Verified by WINDExchange on May 7, 2019

Maryland Maryland Counties with Wind Energy Ordinances May 2019

Maryland Counties with Wind Energy Ordinances

Date: May 6, 2019

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

Idaho Jefferson County, Idaho - Wind Energy Ordinance Both December 2008

Jefferson County, Idaho - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Dec. 8, 2008

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Massachusetts Dennis, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 11 Both October 2016

Dennis, Massachusetts - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 11

Date: Oct. 18, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Indiana Clinton County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 5 - Section 535 Both May 2009

Clinton County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 5 - Section 535

Date: May 18, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 22, 2021

Pennsylvania Paint Township, Pennsylvania - Wind Energy Ordinance Both August 2018

Paint Township, Pennsylvania - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Aug. 7, 2018

Verified by WINDExchange on May 18, 2019

Michigan Billings Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 11.02 Both March 2008

Billings Township, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 11.02

Date: March 5, 2008

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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

Nebraska Saline County, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance Both July 2010

Saline County, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: July 10, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

South Dakota Pennington County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 317 Both October 2012

Pennington County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 317

Date: Oct. 10, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Display results