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In advance of the summit, we asked Purdue President Martin Jischke, Amy Myers Jaffe of Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and Sue Cischke, vice president of environmental and safety engineering at Ford Motor Co., to explore issues surrounding the nation's energy needs.
A Pennsylvania wind energy development company wants to study Allen County, the first step toward potentially building a wind farm in the area. Community Energy Inc. of Wayne, Pa., has petitioned the county to build a 190-foot meteorological mast on farmland at the 200 block of South State Line Road in Woodburn. The company would use the mast to analyze wind conditions at the site for at least one year.
INDIANAPOLIS -- Renewable sources of electricity should comprise 10 percent of Indiana's energy supply by 2016, according to a bipartisan group that will push such legislation next year.
A coalition of farmers, consumer groups and corporations want the state to adopt a standard that would require Indiana utilities to produce 10 percent of Indiana's electricity with renewable energy by 2016.
"(Wind turbines) don't move fast, but they have this constant 'thump, thump thump,' " Lovejoy said. "Obviously, the closer you are to them the more potentially annoying it is. The sound is sort of like when someone is drilling. You can put up with that for a few days, but at some point. ..."
The two anemometers, one placed 100-feet high and the other 200-feet high, will stay there one year and will determine if local wind speeds are fast enough to make Wayne County a candidate for wind turbines.
Two California energy companies are proposing wind farm projects in Benton County, northwest of Lafayette.