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
Minnesota Brainerd, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance Both June 2009

Brainerd, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: June 26, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Minnesota Chippewa County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance Both February 2005

Chippewa County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Feb. 15, 2005

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Minnesota City of Mahtomedi, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 11.01 Zoning Ordinance - Subdivision 9.4 Small May 2016

City of Mahtomedi, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 11.01 Zoning Ordinance - Subdivision 9.4

Date: May 20, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

Minnesota Clay County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance Both July 2009

Clay County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: July 21, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Minnesota Clearwater County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance Both May 2011

Clearwater County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: May 17, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Minnesota Cottonwood County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance Both June 2016

Cottonwood County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: June 26, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Minnesota Fairmont, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 26 Article V Division 5 Small June 1986

Fairmont, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 26 Article V Division 5

Date: June 30, 1986

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Minnesota Fillmore County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance Both October 2012

Fillmore County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Oct. 2, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Minnesota Freeborn County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance Both December 2015

Freeborn County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Dec. 1, 2015

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Minnesota Goodhue County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 18 Both October 2010

Goodhue County, Minnesota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 18

Date: Oct. 5, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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