Energy



Indiana’s central location, vibrant workforce, history of innovation, engineering expertise and more than 100 years of advanced manufacturing success have positioned it to be a robust national hub for energy research, development and production.

Indiana’s academic and industrial partners have created an environment that encourages and sustains growth in the clean technology sector; Indiana’s clean energy jobs grew by nearly 18 percent between 1998 and 2007, ranking the state first in the industrial Midwest in overall job growth in the clean energy industry.

As a national hub of renewable energy, Indiana companies include all sectors of the clean technology sector, including wind, solar, nuclear, smart grid, geothermal, and lithium-ion battery and electric vehicle supply chains.

 

Corporate Leaders
 

Duke Energy Babcock & Wilcox
Brevini Wind Abound Solar
WaterFurnace International AES Corporation 

 

Resources

Indiana’s world-class research universities – including Purdue University, Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame – give us an advantage when it comes to attracting and supporting advanced automotive technology and alternative energy companies. These universities have formed an active partnership with industry leaders in order to accelerate technology transfer and encourage collaborative research and development.

  • Indiana’s electric utilities offer several programs designed to improve energy efficiency in Indiana and incorporate clean, renewable energy into the state’s power grid.
  • In 2008, Indiana launched the Energy Systems Network in order to fully leverage its assets and accelerate the development of advanced battery and other energy technology solutions. The network has already forged a number of joint partnerships involving Fortune 500 companies, innovative Indiana start-ups, and leading research institutions. Network member organizations include: Duke Energy, Cummins, Delphi, Allison Transmission, Remy, IBM, SAIC, Rolls-Royce, Raytheon, Indianapolis Power & Light, Brevini, I-Power, ITOCHU, Altairnano, Bright Automotive, Rocky Mountain Institute, Midwest Independent Systems Operator, NSWC Crane, Purdue University, Indiana University, the University of Notre Dame, and Ivy Tech Community College.

 

Innovative Energy Projects

Exciting energy projects underway in Indiana showcase Indiana’s ingenuity and initiative in the clean technology sector.

  • The nation’s largest geothermal heating and cooling system is being built in Muncie, Ind
  • Duke Energy is constructing a coal gasification plant in Edwardsport, Indiana. The energy company also has plans to build a smart-grid power delivery system in Indiana.
  • AES Corporation has planned to install more than 200 wind turbines over a 75,000-acre area north of Indianapolis. The company anticipates the farm will create 400 megawatts of clean electricity.
  • Indiana will be the first state government with electric vehicles in its fleet; deployment of a variety of vehicles is now underway.
  • Construction has started in Indiana on the nation's largest single-state  AutoGas fueling network for propane powered public and private fleet vehicles.
  • Indiana is home to a number of established and emerging battery technology companies, including Delphi Electronic & Safety, the only U.S. manufacturer of hybrid power converters, controllers and battery packs. 
  • Since 2005, 13 ethanol and five biodiesel plants have opened in Indiana. The plants use advanced technology to produce fuel from Indiana corn and soybeans. 
  • The Midwest Independent Systems Operator, which provides electric energy transmission throughout the Midwestern United States, is headquartered in Carmel, Ind.