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
Oklahoma Midwest City, Oklahoma - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 5.7.5 Both September 2010

Midwest City, Oklahoma - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 5.7.5

Date: Sept. 2, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

New Mexico Santa Fe County, New Mexico - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 10 - Section 10.16 Both January 2014

Santa Fe County, New Mexico - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 10 - Section 10.16

Date: Jan. 23, 2014

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

South Dakota Clay County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 3 - Section 3.14 Both February 2010

Clay County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 3 - Section 3.14

Date: Feb. 24, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Nebraska Cedar County, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance Both April 2000

Cedar County, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: April 24, 2000

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

Nebraska Gage County, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance Both March 2016

Gage County, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: March 30, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Nebraska Custer County, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance Both September 2014

Custer County, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Sept. 3, 2014

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Nebraska Nance County, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance Both March 2011

Nance County, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: March 1, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Minnesota Hibbing, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 11.64 Both March 2010

Hibbing, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 11.64

Date: March 28, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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