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Indiana Wind Working Group

Link: Indiana Wind Working Group

Date: 11/7/2005

Location: Indianapolis, IN

Contact: Megan Ottesen, program manager, Indiana Office of Energy Development

The Indiana Wind Working Group (IWWG) held its first meeting on November 7, 2005 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana. The group was active from 2005 to 2011 and held an annual Windiana conference to bring together the wind industry interested in the state and to increase the industry's understanding of Indiana's wind resources. Indiana had no wind power capacity installed in 2005, but IWWG's efforts truly began to payoff in 2008. According the American Wind Energy Association, Indiana had the largest wind growth in the nation in 2008 and had the second largest wind growth in 2009. While the global economy has slowed investment in wind development, Indiana is still increasing capacity. Another 200-megawatt project was completed by the end of 2012, and wind developers have approached Indiana counties to complete new wind farms in 2013.

In 2011, the state of Indiana adopted a voluntary renewable energy portfolio standard called the Comprehensive Hoosier Option to Incentivize Cleaner Energy (CHOICE). Electric utilities in Indiana that sign up for the program receive incentives if they use an average of four percent of their total electricity supplied to their customers from renewable sources from 2013 to 2018. Beginning in 2019, the CHOICE program increases that number to seven percent, and CHOICE increases that number to ten percent in 2025. Wind energy is one of the renewable sources that can be applied to that standard. More information about Renewables Portfolio Standards (RPS).

This information was last updated on February 18, 2013