Wind Energy

Climate Adaptation

Alternative energy has consistently improved over the years. Wind, solar, geothermal, and hydroelectricity technology have gradually made their mark in America’s energy production as producers and consumers look for alternatives to fossil fuels. State governments have been increasingly mandating alternative energy goals and implementation of alternative energy sources where feasible – 30 states have alternative energy mandates and eight states have voluntary requirements. Now, the Environmental Protection Agency’s decreased...

The Midwest continues to develop wind energy capacity at an impressive rate. According to a recent report by the American Wind Energy Associaton (AWEA), every state in the region is expanding its installed wind capacity, with Indiana seeing triple-digit growth in the last two years.

The Southern Legislative Conference has released a new Special Series Report that explores efforts initiated by Southern states in recent years to develop the renewable energy sector in the region and an assessment of the economic development, energy and environmental benefits expected to flow from these efforts.

This Act directs the state utilities division to establish and administer a small wind innovation zone program to optimize local, regional, and state benefits from wind energy and to facilitate and expedite interconnection of small wind energy systems with electric utilities throughout the state. "Small wind innovation zone" means a political subdivision of the state, including but not limited to a city, county, township, school district, community college, area education agency, institution under the control of the state board of regents, a local commission, or small wind energy system owners who agree to certain terms.

A 2011 Suggested State Legislation draft promotes wind power. 

The 2011 Suggested State Legislation "Small Wind Innovation Zones" directs the state utilities division to establish and administer a small wind innovation zone program to optimize local, regional, and state benefits from wind energy and to facilitate and expedite interconnection...

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