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
Maine Biddeford, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance Small October 2008

Biddeford, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Oct. 7, 2008

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 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

Maine Dixmont, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance Large November 2009

Dixmont, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Nov. 6, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Maine Eliot, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance - Sec.45-461 Small July 2009

Eliot, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance - Sec.45-461

Date: July 27, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Maine Maine Model Wind Ordinance Both August 2009

Maine Model Wind Ordinance

Date: Aug. 27, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Maine Montville, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance Both January 2010

Montville, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Jan. 15, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Maine Rome, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance Both March 2017

Rome, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: March 1, 2017

Verified by WINDExchange on May 18, 2019

Maine Rumford, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 54-H Both June 2016

Rumford, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 54-H

Date: June 14, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on May 7, 2019

Maine Saco, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance - Sec. 730 Small June 2008

Saco, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance - Sec. 730

Date: June 2, 2008

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Maine Town of Bethel, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance Large June 2017

Town of Bethel, Maine - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: June 14, 2017

Verified by WINDExchange on May 19, 2019

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