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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Oregon Crook County, Oregon - Wind Energy Ordinance Both June 2010

Crook County, Oregon - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: June 21, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Oregon Harney County, Oregon - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 6.020-5c Small April 2010

Harney County, Oregon - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 6.020-5c

Date: April 1, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Oregon Jefferson County - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 4 - Section 431 Both July 2010

Jefferson County - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 4 - Section 431

Date: July 14, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Oregon Lincoln City, Oregon - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 17.80.090 Small June 2009

Lincoln City, Oregon - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 17.80.090

Date: June 1, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Oregon Polk, Oregon - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 112.135 Small March 2012

Polk, Oregon - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 112.135

Date: March 13, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Oregon Union County, Oregon - Wind Energy Ordinance Large August 2013

Union County, Oregon - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Aug. 1, 2013

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Oregon Wasco County, Oregon - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 19 Both July 2016

Wasco County, Oregon - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 19

Date: July 7, 2016

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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