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
Colorado Arapahoe County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance Small May 2012

Arapahoe County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: May 22, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Colorado Aurora, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance Both April 2011

Aurora, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: April 11, 2011

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 Cheyenne County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance Large April 2011

Cheyenne County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: April 19, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Colorado Douglas County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 2107.41 Small April 2015

Douglas County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 2107.41

Date: April 28, 2015

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Colorado El Paso County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 5 Section 5.1.60 Small May 2016

El Paso County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 5 Section 5.1.60

Date: May 17, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

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

Colorado Jefferson County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 8 Both April 2010

Jefferson County, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 8

Date: April 20, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Colorado Lamar, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 16 Article XVII Section 16.17.190 Both January 2017

Lamar, Colorado - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 16 Article XVII Section 16.17.190

Date: Jan. 16, 2017

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

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