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
Vermont Barnet, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 417 Small October 1997

Barnet, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 417

Date: Oct. 9, 1997

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Vermont Barre, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 5.2.03 Small August 2010

Barre, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 5.2.03

Date: Aug. 27, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Vermont Barton, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 3 - Section 331 Both March 2006

Barton, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 3 - Section 331

Date: March 27, 2006

Verified by WINDExchange on Feb. 16, 2018

Vermont Braintree, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 6 - Section 6.10.8 Small March 2010

Braintree, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 6 - Section 6.10.8

Date: March 4, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on May 7, 2019

Vermont Brandon, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article III - Section 325 (a) Small May 2014

Brandon, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article III - Section 325 (a)

Date: May 19, 2014

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Vermont Bristol, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section 527 Small March 2006

Bristol, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section 527

Date: March 7, 2006

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Vermont Calais, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 3 - Section 3.5 Small March 2012

Calais, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 3 - Section 3.5

Date: March 6, 2012

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Vermont Cornwall, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V Section 572 Small February 2008

Cornwall, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V Section 572

Date: Feb. 26, 2008

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Vermont Derby, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 402.5 Small April 2014

Derby, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article IV - Section 402.5

Date: April 28, 2014

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Vermont Duxbury, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section 14 Both January 2011

Duxbury, Vermont - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article V - Section 14

Date: Jan. 31, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

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