Policies to Support Wind Power Deployment: Key Considerations and Good Practices

Sarah Cox, Edward Baring-Gould, Frank Oteri, Ruth Baranowski, Trudy Forsyth, Suzanne Tegen, Sean Esterly

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Policies have played an important role in scaling up wind deployment and increasing its economic viability while also supporting country-specific economic, social, and environmental development goals. Although wind power has become cost-competitive in several contexts, challenges to wind power deployment remain. Within the context of country-specific goals and challenges, policymakers are seeking utility-scale wind power deployment. Drawing from international experience and lessons, the paper focuses on wind-specific good practices for renewable electricity standards, feed-in tariffs, interconnection standards, net metering, financial incentives, and approaches to enable private finance. Ultimately, governments can design a suite of complementary policies that aligns most appropriately with unique national circumstances, challenges, opportunities, and goals.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages24
StatePublished - 2015

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-6A20-64177


  • best practices
  • design
  • distributed wind policies
  • feed-in tariffs
  • FIT
  • FIT
  • FIT
  • good practices
  • implementation
  • investment tax credit (ITC)
  • ITC
  • policies
  • policy
  • private investment
  • production tax credits
  • PTC
  • renewable electricity standards
  • wind power


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