Resources

Renewable Energy
FAQs on the Renewable Energy Standard

Renewable Energy Policy Project (REPP) reports on Indiana’s renewable energy component manufacturing job potential. Short Report (18 pages) or please contact us for the long report (136 pages).

State Utility Forecasting Group’s 2015 Indiana Renewable Energy Resources Study. This report details the energy potential from varying resources in Indiana.

A look at Indiana’s high opportunities for alternative energy options:

Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
The Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency provides a comprehensive overview of available incentives both at a state and federal level.

SEA 251
SEA 251: How much new clean energy? And how clean? 

Oil Addiction

We do not need to suffer another environmental disaster like the Gulf Oil Spill.  Learn how together we can break our addition to oil.

Combined Heat and Power

Learn how CHP can address our affordable energy needs.

Read HEC’s study on CHP.

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

PACE Finance Summary Fact Sheet

Wind
The HEC policy brief on the impact of wind farms.   This is a document-in-progress, consolidating some of the research on the environmental, health and safety implications of commercial-scale wind farms.

Indiana Wind Activities summarizes wind activities in Indiana from a consumer guide to economic benefits and more.

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy reports on the impact of wind power today. Wind Power Today takes a holistic approach to wind power in the U.S., including looking at manufacturing, integration to the grid, and the long-term outlook for wind power.

Biomass
How Biomass Energy Works, a fact sheet from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

A Balanced Definition of Renewable Biomass, a fact sheet from the Union of Concerned Scientists.

Distributed Generation
Freeing the Grid, a report from the Network for New Energy Choices on net metering and interconnection laws in each state. Indiana’s policies are listed with a grade of “F” and “D” respectively.

HEC Net Metering Fact Sheet.  This is a 2 page introduction to the concept of net metering.

Solar
US Solar Market Insight Report – Year in Review 2013, a Solar Energy Industries Association report.

The Solar Inventory Database from SIREN maps current solar installations in an area of southern Indiana.

Both Let’s Go Solar and the Solar Action Alliance have lots of information regarding solar opportunities in each state as well as financing prospects, legislation and more.

Energy Efficiency
HEC Report: The Value and Potential of Energy Efficiency and Policy Options for Promoting in Indiana. (Coming Soon)
Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Economy, a report by McKinsey Global Energy and Materials from the U.S. Green Building Council Web site.

Energy Efficient Mortgages

Coal
HEC policy report on coal ash, Our Water at Risk, available HERE.

Carbon Risk, Coal and Higher Electricity Prices, a Union of Concerned Scientists report, detailing how America’s coal dependency puts serious long-term risks on the U.S. economy.

Midwest Power: Less Coal, Less Carbon, More Choices, an Environmental Defense report, a great compendium of information on the resource potential of renewable energy, energy efficiency, and advanced, cleaner forms of coal.

Coal Gasification report:  Major Environmental Aspects of Gasification-Based Power Generation Technologies.

Nuclear
Position Paper: Commercial Nuclear Power, a report by the National Resources Defense Council.

Alternative Fuels
Bringing Biofuels to the Pump, a Natural Resources Defense Council report, on the various policy and technical barriers to the development of cleaner forms of biofuels, such as cellulosic ethanol.

The Hoosier Environmental Council’s Biofuels Policy.   This is HEC’s board-adopted policy from 2007; it will be modified in light of new environmental research and technological developments.

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