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.

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North Dakota Burleigh County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 8 Section 21 Both May 2011

Burleigh County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 8 Section 21

Date: May 16, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 26, 2021

North Dakota Wells County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance Large June 2009

Wells County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: June 2, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

North Dakota Stark County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VI - Section 6.19 Large October 2012

Stark County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VI - Section 6.19

Date: Oct. 2, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on May 7, 2019

North Dakota McLean County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VI - Section 6.5.11 Large March 2013

McLean County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VI - Section 6.5.11

Date: March 5, 2013

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 26, 2021

North Dakota Stutsman, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance Large March 2013

Stutsman, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: March 25, 2013

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

North Dakota Williams County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VI - Chapter 6-10 Large September 2015

Williams County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VI - Chapter 6-10

Date: Sept. 15, 2015

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 26, 2021

North Dakota McKenzie County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 4.7 Large September 2016

McKenzie County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 4.7

Date: Sept. 20, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 26, 2021

North Dakota Morton County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 5 Section 5-180 Large March 2016

Morton County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 5 Section 5-180

Date: March 10, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 26, 2021

North Dakota Divide County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 7.14 Large April 2017

Divide County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 7.14

Date: April 4, 2017

Verified by WINDExchange on May 7, 2019

North Dakota Grant County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 4.10 Large January 2015

Grant County, North Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 4.10

Date: Jan. 22, 2015

Verified by WINDExchange on May 7, 2019

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