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
North Carolina Ashe County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title XV Chapter 163 Small October 2016

Ashe County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title XV Chapter 163

Date: Oct. 3, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

North Carolina Camden County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance Both September 2007

Camden County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Sept. 17, 2007

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

North Carolina Carteret County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance Both November 2013

Carteret County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Nov. 18, 2013

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

North Carolina Craven County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance Both May 2013

Craven County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: May 6, 2013

Verified by WINDExchange on March 7, 2018

North Carolina Currituck County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance Both January 2008

Currituck County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Jan. 22, 2008

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

North Carolina Davidson County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section NN Both November 2015

Davidson County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section NN

Date: Nov. 2, 2015

Verified by WINDExchange on May 7, 2019

North Carolina Hyde County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance Both November 2008

Hyde County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Nov. 3, 2008

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

North Carolina Iredell County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance Both April 2016

Iredell County, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: April 13, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

North Carolina Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance Small October 2007

Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Oct. 24, 2007

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

North Carolina Nags Head, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance Small November 2011

Nags Head, North Carolina - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Nov. 2, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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