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
Iowa Boone County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VIII - Section 8.03 Small May 2009

Boone County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VIII - Section 8.03

Date: May 5, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 19, 2018

Iowa Boone County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VIII - Section 8.04 Large May 2009

Boone County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article VIII - Section 8.04

Date: May 5, 2009

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Iowa Cherokee County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance Both October 2014

Cherokee County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Oct. 17, 2014

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Iowa Delaware County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance Both July 2010

Delaware County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: July 6, 2010

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Iowa Dickinson County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 21 -Section 5 (D) Small May 2014

Dickinson County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance - Article 21 -Section 5 (D)

Date: May 20, 2014

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Iowa Floyd County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section VII (W) Small January 2015

Floyd County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section VII (W)

Date: Jan. 6, 2015

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Iowa Floyd County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section VII (X) Large January 2015

Floyd County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section VII (X)

Date: Jan. 6, 2015

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Iowa Greene County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section XVII (4) Both January 2011

Greene County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance - Section XVII (4)

Date: Jan. 13, 2011

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Iowa Guthrie Center, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance Both December 1999

Guthrie Center, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Dec. 2, 1999

Verified by WINDExchange on Jan. 18, 2018

Iowa Kossuth County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance Large August 2018

Kossuth County, Iowa - Wind Energy Ordinance

Date: Aug. 14, 2018

Verified by WINDExchange on May 18, 2019

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