Much-debated legislation to boost wind and solar farms in Indiana was thwarted during this legislative session, but a key state lawmaker said Thursday he hopes to revive the issue next year to help meet the growing need for renewable energy.
A strong coalition of renewable energy developers, major businesses and manufacturers could not muster enough support in the Indiana Senate on Tuesday to pass a bill that would have shifted some local control over the siting of wind and solar farms to the state.
The legislation to slow down the exodus from coal comes as large utilities across Indiana have announced plans to shut down thousands of megawatts of coal-fire generating capacity in favor of cheaper fuel sources, such as natural gas, solar and wind.
The American Wind Energy Association’s CleanPower conference and trade show will run from June 7-10, 2021, at the Indiana Convention Center. It will be the first time the event is hosted by Indianapolis.
Infrastructure & Energy Alternatives Inc. chalked up the loss to several expensive acquisitions and the cost of finishing projects delayed by weather.
The farms stretching over four counties and a portion of central Indiana would have nearly 300 wind turbines that could be spinning as early as 2020.
The acquisitions are the first for IEA since it went public this spring, and signal that the company is pushing hard for more growth in the booming renewable energy sector.
The Indianapolis-based company, which began with a single dump truck 71 years ago, is about to go public in a merger worth up to $345 million.
IEA Energy Services has completed about 200 wind and solar projects around the country, including the 9,000-acre Benton County Wind Farm in northern Indiana.
Members of the Indiana Legislature's interim study committee on energy heard more than three hours of testimony from about a dozen people.
A virtual-power purchase agreement is a new type of energy contract that allows a large customer to support green-energy projects and hedge electricity prices
The line would run from Kansas through Missouri and Illinois to Indiana, where it would connect with a power grid for eastern states.
A study from academic journal Bioscience said 600,000 to 900,000 bats are killed by wind turbines each year in the United States.
There is a growing sentiment here among key energy leaders—even from those who oppose the EPA plan—that the state should develop its own compliance plan that focuses on realistic strategies to decrease carbon emissions and diversify its energy mix.
An Italian wind turbine maker is expected to pay a central Indiana county $375,000 for failing to meet a goal of hiring 200 workers by the end of 2014.