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
California Amador County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance Small January 2010

Amador County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Jan. 31, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Butte County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 25 Section 24-157 E Both July 2015

Butte County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 25 Section 24-157 E

Date: July 2, 2015

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Calaveras County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 17 Article 3 Chapter 17.22.060 Small June 2017

Calaveras County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 17 Article 3 Chapter 17.22.060

Date: June 12, 2017

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

California Contra Costa, California - Wind Energy Ordinance Both April 2011

Contra Costa, California - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: April 5, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 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

California Kern County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 19 - Section 64.140 Both November 2011

Kern County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 19 - Section 64.140

Date: Nov. 8, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Lassen County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance Both January 1984

Lassen County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Jan. 31, 1984

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Marin County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 22I Chapter 22.71 Both January 2012

Marin County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 22I Chapter 22.71

Date: Jan. 24, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Mono County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 20.05 Small January 2002

Mono County, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 20.05

Date: Jan. 31, 2002

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

California Monterey, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 21.64.120 Both January 2009

Monterey, California - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 21.64.120

Date: Jan. 28, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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