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OED Year In Review

Since 2009,  The Indiana Office of Energy Development has awarded nearly $100 million in grants to Hoosier businesses, nonprofits, government entities and homeowners for energy efficiency and alternative energy projects.  All OED grant programs are federally funded through the U.S. Department of Energy.  Many programs, such as the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program and Indiana Heating and Air Conditioning Incentive Program (IHIP) were completed in 2010.  A number of additional programs were  launched and funded in 2011.   

About OED

The Indiana Office of Energy Development 

(OED) was created in December 2005 as an extension of the Indiana energy office. Under the leadership of Lt. Governor Becky Skillman, OED is responsible for the state’s energy policy.

Working Groups


OED facilitates three active working groups in Indiana.  The Indiana Wind Working Group has been part of Indiana’s wind power industry since 2007.  The Solar Energy Working Group has been building its membership throughout 2011.  The Biomass Working Group,  based at Purdue University has continued to grow and saw significant support in 2011. All of these groups serve to support these renewable technologies through information sharing and networking.

Contact Us

Indiana Office of Energy Development

One North Capitol

Suite 600

Indianapolis, IN 46204


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Internet Outreach

The Office of Energy Development utilizes the outreach opportunities of the Internet to inform Hoosiers of the programs and projects available through OED.  From our online grant application system, to our Web site, blogs and twitter feeds, OED keeps Indiana up to date.


2011 Key Accomplishments

Community Conservation Challenge (CCC)

The Community Conservation Challenge (CCC) provided grants for community-wide energy efficiency, renewable energy and alternative fuel vehicle retrofit projects. Four projects were selected,  Logan Community Resources in South Bend, The Affordable Housing Corporation of Marion, Monroe County and e-biofuels in Middleton will use nearly $1 million for projects including lighting upgrades, weatherization, solar power and other efficiency measures.  

Conserving Hoosier Industrial Power (CHIP)

The Conserving Hoosier Industrial Power (CHIP) grant program made funding available for large energy efficiency projects in Indiana’s commercial/industrial sector.  17 Hoosier companies shared $4.9 million. Among the companies receiving grants, Analytical Engineering in Columbus, Haas Cabinet in Sellersburg,  Kennametal in New Albany and Valbruna Slater Stainless in Ft. Wayne.  For a complete listing of grantees, visit the OED Newsroom..

Alternative Fuel Vehicles

Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) use in Indiana took a large step forward through two grant programs administered by OED.  OED and Greater Indiana Clean Cities administered a $10.1 million competitive stimulus grant project awarded in 2010 that began putting Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and other alternative fuel vehicles on the roads in 2011. Among those participating in this program, The cities of Ft. Wayne and Indianapolis, and the Indiana Department of Transportation.  An additional $1.47 million was awarded in 2011 to 4 CNG conversion projects through a USDOE State Energy Program/ARRA grant.  

Community Energy Plan

Eighteen of Indiana’s smaller communities were chosen to take part in the Community Energy Program, (CEP).  CEP provides an overall assesment of a community's energy use in public spaces. .  After the audit and public input sessions, a strategic energy plan is developed .  CEP was funded through the federal Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program (EECBG), with communities under 35,000 in population and counties under 200,000 in population being eligible. For a list of all 18 communities, visit our Web site,,  and click on Newsroom.  

WIndiana/Indiana Renewable Energy Conference

In its fourth successful year, Indiana’s only statewide wind power conference expanded to include other renewable technologies to become WIndiana/Indiana Renewable Energy Conference.  Across two days in July, attendees heard about the latest innovations in wind, solar, biomass and alternative fuel vehicle technology. 

Energy Action In Schools

The Energy Action In Schools program provided funding for energy efficiency and conservation curriculum based on active participation of students in the energy “health” of their school buildings.  Energy Action Patrols made up of students, staff and administrators would scour their buildings for energy savings and pass this information on to school administrators for action.  Some 36 Indiana schools took part in the program in 2011. Funded by an OED grant and utility partners, this program was administered by the National Energy Foundation (NEF).

October-November 2011

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Indiana Office of Energy Development Update

CCC Grant Program Expanded To Include Renewables

The Community Conservation Challenge (CCC)  is a program that offers financial assistance to non-residential entities for projects that reduce an organization’s energy consumption. CCC grants provide funding of from $25,000 to $500,000 for the implementation of highly leveraged, unique, and visible community energy conservation projects. An anticipated $1.2 million of federal funding is available to local units of government, school corporations, businesses, and nonprofit agencies in Indiana. Read more about the program by clicking here. The application period closes Nov. 10, 2011.

CHIP Program Awards Expected Soon

The application period is closed and scoring is now underway for the Conserving Hoosier Industrial Power grant program.  This program will provide grants from $100,000 to $500,000 to help pay for large-scale energy efficiency upgrades or retrofits. An announcement of successful applications is expected shortly.

Alternative Fuel Vehicle Grant Program Selections To Be Announced.

The AFV grant program, for government entities, businesses, school corporations, institutions of higher education, health care facilities and not-for-profit agencies in Indiana is now in the scoring phase.  Grants from $40,000 to $500,000 will be available for on-road fleet vehicles only.  The funds can be used to cover the cost differential between the cost of purchasing an alternative energy vehicle rather than a traditional fuel vehicle. It can also be used to defray the cost of retrofitting an existing vehicle. 

Energy Action In Schools Participant List Released.

Fifteen Indiana schools will be taking part in the Energy Action in Schools program this school year.  Each school will form Energy Action Patrols, made up of students, teachers, administrators and facilities managers to find ways to conserve energy in their school buildings.  The program is made possible by federal grant funds administered through the Indiana Office of Energy Development.

These schools are taking part in the program during the 2011-2012 school year:

  • Chrisney Elementary School (Spencer County)
  • Clark Pleasant Intermediate School (Johnson County)  
  • Clifty Creek Elementary School (Bartholomew County)  
  •  Eads Elementary School  (Lake County) 
  • Fishers High School (Hamilton County)
  • Fishers Junior HS (Hamilton County)
  • Hope Elementary School (Bartholomew County)
  • Heritage Hills Middle School (Spencer County)
  • Indian Creek High School (Johnson County)
  • L.C. Schmitt Elementary School (Bartholomew County)
  • Richmond High School (Wayne County)
  • Scottsburg High School (Scott County)
  • Seymour High School (Jackson County)
  • Shelbyville High School (Shelby County)
  • Winamac Community High School (Pulaski County)

Learn more about the Energy Action in Schools Program by clicking here.

Upcoming Events

Governor Daniels to Address Secure Energy Conference

October 25, 2011


This event will highlight the critical role North American petroleum and natural gas plays in American's and Indiana's economy.  Learn about the conference by clicking here.


Other October Events

October 19--EV Infrastructure event, Merrillville. Click here for Info.

October 21--Boomtown III event in Union City. Click here for more info.



       Contact Us

Indiana Office of Energy Development

One North Capitol

Suite 600

Indianapolis, IN 46204


Visit our Web site for the latest information on all OED programs.

WIndiana Wrapup August 2011

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Indiana Renewable Energy


For Windiana 2011/IREC Attendees

August, 2011

Windiana-IREC vertical

We're Glad You Were There.

WIndiana 2011 and the Indiana Renewable Energy Conference was held July 20-21, 2011 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.  Pictures, Program Agendas and presentations are available for download by clicking here.

Keep The Issues Moving Forward.

While WIndiana and the Indiana Renewable Energy Conference happens but once a year,  you can continue to be involved in renewable energy issues in Indiana by taking part in the Indiana Wind Working Group, the Indiana Solar Energy Working Group and the Indiana Biomass Working Group.  Follow these groups through
The Indiana Renewable Energy Association programmed the Distributed Power workshops at WIndiana/IREC.  Get involved with INREA by clicking here.

Thanks for Being a Part of WIndiana 2011 and the Indiana Renewable Energy Conference

It was another great year for the conference, with about 500 people taking part.  This year included the expansion into other renewable energy technologies.   This year's sessions and workshops were some of the best ever,  and we would like to thank each and everyone of you for taking part.
Windiana Sessions

Catch Up With Anything You Missed.

Did you want to know about a session you couldn't get to?  Want a copy of a great presentation?  Over 40+ presentations are available for download at  Click here to go to the download page. Program Agendas are available there as well.

Thanks to All our Wonderful Exhibitors and Sponsors

WIndiana 2011 and the Indiana Renewable Energy Conference would not exist without the support of sponsors and exhibitors.  There were 50 exhibitors on the floor this year. See who was there by clicking here.
exhibit hall

Speakers Ruled at WIndiana 2011

The list of great speakers at this year's First Day Luncheon  included Kate O'Hair from enXco (our lunch sponsor),  Ed Begley, Jr. (pictured left), Denise Bode,  CEO of AWEA  and Bob Prantil of GE Energy

No, Seriously. What Did You Think?

We won't be sending out a survey this year, but that doesn't mean we don't want to know what you think.  If you have thoughts about WIndiana and the Indiana Renewable Energy Conference, good or bad, email those thoughts to

Clean Energy Law

WIndiana/IREC 2012?

While it's true WIndiana does not appear listed on the Mayan calendar, that doesn't necessarily mean we won't be back in 2012.  The organizers of WIndiana 2011 have some interesting thoughts about what might happen in 2012,  and we'll let you know soon what might be in store.