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
South Dakota Aberdeen, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 4.36 Both August 2009

Aberdeen, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Chapter 4.36

Date: Aug. 25, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

South Dakota Brookings, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance Large October 2001

Brookings, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Oct. 2, 2001

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

South Dakota Brown County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 4 Chapter 4.36 Both February 1997

Brown County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title 4 Chapter 4.36

Date: Feb. 18, 1997

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

South Dakota Clay County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 3 - Section 3.14 Both February 2010

Clay County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 3 - Section 3.14

Date: Feb. 24, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

South Dakota Deuel County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article XII - Section 1215 Both July 2004

Deuel County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article XII - Section 1215

Date: July 6, 2004

Verified by WINDExchange on Feb. 16, 2018

South Dakota Lake County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article XII - Section 1212 Large May 2014

Lake County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article XII - Section 1212

Date: May 5, 2014

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

South Dakota Lake County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article XII - Section 1218 Small May 2014

Lake County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article XII - Section 1218

Date: May 5, 2014

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

South Dakota Lawrence, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title II - Chapter 10 - Section 10.001 Both June 2014

Lawrence, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Title II - Chapter 10 - Section 10.001

Date: June 6, 2014

Verified by WINDExchange on May 7, 2019

South Dakota Madison, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 17.319 Small September 2012

Madison, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 17.319

Date: Sept. 21, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

South Dakota Minnehaha County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 12.02 Both July 2014

Minnehaha County, South Dakota - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section 12.02

Date: July 28, 2014

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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