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Wind industry feeling a little more welcome

A participating company would have to demonstrate that it has a reasonable expectation of obtaining clean energy to meet the energy requirements of at least 10 percent of its customers by 2025. The bill's definition of clean energy includes clean coal.

Indiana lawmakers might finally set goals for wind development

MUNCIE -- The American Wind Energy Association says the state Legislature is on the verge of taking a "solid first step forward" in welcoming the industry to Indiana.

Indiana already ranks 11th in the country in wind power, despite the lack of a state regulation requiring increased production of energy from wind, according to AWEA's latest annual report, released last week.

Twenty-nine other states already have enacted renewable electricity standards (RES) requiring electric utilities to generate a certain amount of electricity from renewable or alternative energy sources by a certain date, including 25 percent by 2025 in Ohio and Illinois and 10 percent by 2015 in Michigan.

Seven other states have set voluntary RES goals, and Indiana could become the eighth state in that category if Senate Bill 251 passes.

Authored by Sen. Beverly Gard, R-Greenfield, the Indiana bill would establish a voluntary "clean energy portfolio standard program" that provides incentives to participating electricity companies.

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Indiana lawmakers might finally set goals for wind development

MUNCIE -- The American Wind Energy Association says the state Legislature is on the verge of taking a "solid first step forward" in welcoming the industry to Indiana.

Indiana already ranks 11th in the country in wind power, despite the lack of a state regulation requiring increased production of energy from wind, according to AWEA's latest annual report, released last week.

Twenty-nine other states already have enacted renewable electricity standards (RES) requiring electric utilities to generate a certain amount of electricity from renewable or alternative energy sources by a certain date, including 25 percent by 2025 in Ohio and Illinois and 10 percent by 2015 in Michigan.

Seven other states have set voluntary RES goals, and Indiana could become the eighth state in that category if Senate Bill 251 passes.

Authored by Sen. Beverly Gard, R-Greenfield, the Indiana bill would establish a voluntary "clean energy portfolio standard program" that provides incentives to participating electricity companies.

A participating company would have to demonstrate that it has a reasonable expectation of obtaining clean energy to meet the energy requirements of at least 10 percent of its customers by 2025. The bill's definition of clean energy includes clean coal.

"The industry thinks that bill is a good, solid first step for Indiana to move forward," said Brad Lystra, manager of state campaigns for AWEA.

But it remains to be seen whether the bill goes far enough to prevent what AWEA predicts will be a slowdown of further wind farm construction in Indiana.

For example, Randolph County has worked diligently to attract wind energy investment. Developers have leased tens of thousands of acres from local land owners for prospective wind farms. The Area Plan Commission crafted a pro-wind zoning ordinance. The Randolph County Commissioners contracted with the legal team that facilitated development of wind farms in West Central Indiana.

But Horizon Wind Energy, the developer of a proposed 100-megawatt wind farm in Randolph County, decided last year to delay its construction.


Source: http://www.thestarpress.com...

APR 11 2011
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