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.

In December 2019, Congress passed extensions of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The PTC provides a tax credit of 1¢–2¢ per kilowatt-hour for the first 10 years of electricity generation for utility-scale wind. The alternative ITC provides a credit for 12%–30% of investment costs at the start of the project. Learn more about the PTC and ITC.

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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Type of Wind
Date Enacted/Updated
New Hampshire Canaan, New Hampshire - Wind Energy Ordinance Large March 2018

Canaan, New Hampshire - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: March 13, 2018

Verified by WINDExchange on May 18, 2019

New Hampshire Conway, New Hampshire - Wind Energy Ordinance Small April 2009

Conway, New Hampshire - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: April 14, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

New Hampshire Town of Alton, New Hampshire - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 401 Small March 2009

Town of Alton, New Hampshire - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 401

Date: March 10, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

New Hampshire Town of Amherst, New Hampshire - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article III - Section 3.14 Small March 2010

Town of Amherst, New Hampshire - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article III - Section 3.14

Date: March 9, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

New Hampshire Town of Auburn, New Hampshire - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 11 Small March 2014

Town of Auburn, New Hampshire - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 11

Date: March 1, 2014

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

New Hampshire Town of Bedford, New Hampshire - Wind Energy Ordinance Small March 2009

Town of Bedford, New Hampshire - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: March 10, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

New Hampshire Town of Boscawen, New Hampshire - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article XXII Small March 2016

Town of Boscawen, New Hampshire - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article XXII

Date: March 9, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

New Hampshire Town of Bristol, New Hampshire - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article XIV Small March 2009

Town of Bristol, New Hampshire - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article XIV

Date: March 10, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

New Hampshire Town of Brookfield, New Hampshire - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VIII Small March 2017

Town of Brookfield, New Hampshire - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VIII

Date: March 14, 2017

Verified by WINDExchange on May 6, 2019

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