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
Pennsylvania Washington, Pennsylvania - Wind Energy Ordinance Small August 2010

Washington, Pennsylvania - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Aug. 27, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Virginia Nelson County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 22 Small January 2009

Nelson County, Virginia - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 22

Date: Jan. 31, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on May 7, 2019

Maryland Caroline County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance Small January 2010

Caroline County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Jan. 6, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Maryland Somerset County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance Small June 2010

Somerset County, Maryland - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: June 24, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance Small May 2007

Minneapolis, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: May 31, 2007

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California San Bernadino, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 8 Chapter 84-26 Small December 2012

San Bernadino, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 8 Chapter 84-26

Date: Dec. 27, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Colorado Boulder County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 4-514 (N) Small December 2016

Boulder County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 4-514 (N)

Date: Dec. 1, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Colorado Fort Lupton, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 18 Article I Section 18-9 Small September 2014

Fort Lupton, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 18 Article I Section 18-9

Date: Sept. 12, 2014

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Colorado Fremont, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 5.2.7 Small June 2014

Fremont, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 5.2.7

Date: June 9, 2014

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

Illinois Batavia, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance Small May 2010

Batavia, Illinois - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: May 17, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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