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.

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 Frank A. Oteri.

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Title
Type of Wind
Date Enacted/Updated
Alaska Kenai, Alaska - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 14 Chapter 14.20 Section 14.20.235 Both January 2009

Kenai, Alaska - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 14 Chapter 14.20 Section 14.20.235

Date: Jan. 31, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

California El Dorado, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 130 - Article 4 - Section 130.40.390 Both July 2017

El Dorado, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 130 - Article 4 - Section 130.40.390

Date: July 5, 2017

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Indiana Clinton County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance Both May 2009

Clinton County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: May 18, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Indiana Tipton County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 522 Both March 2009

Tipton County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 522

Date: March 3, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Indiana White County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance Both August 2008

White County, Indiana - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Aug. 7, 2008

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Iowa Plymouth County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 6.10 Both April 2010

Plymouth County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 6.10

Date: April 6, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Maine Buckfield, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance Both June 2010

Buckfield, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: June 6, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Michigan Centerville, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance Both November 2009

Centerville, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Nov. 10, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Michigan Otsego County, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 21.47 Both December 2015

Otsego County, Michigan - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 21.47

Date: Dec. 15, 2015

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Nebraska Madison, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 625 Both March 2003

Madison, Nebraska - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 625

Date: March 1, 2003

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

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