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New Poll Shows Hoosiers Support More Wind Power

A bill on its way to the Indiana House would mandate that 10 percent of Indiana power come from renewable sources by 2020.

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The Fowler Ridge Wind Farm is located in Benton County, Indiana.

New poll results show a majority of Hoosiers support creating a significant portion of the state’s power from wind.

According to the poll from the American Wind Energy Association, 77% of Hoosiers support the idea. Spokesman Brad Lystra, said 29 other states already have a renewable energy plan.

“Indiana has a fantastic opportunity to put in place an energy bill that puts construction and manufacturing of wind farms as a top tier priority for the state,” said Lystra.

A bill awaiting a hearing in the Indiana Senate would mandate that 15% of Indiana power come from renewable sources by 2022. Duke Energy Spokesman Lew Middleton said the company already buys some wind energy from a farm in Benton County, and may look to more wind investment in the future.

“We are keenly interested in seeing how renewable energy sources can be developed and how they can be used commercially and affordably for our customers,” said Middleton.

But Matthew Auer, a professor in Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs, does not think the plan is realistic right now.

“We’d have to be firing on all cylinders to meet a 2020 deadline for 10% for renewable,” said Auer. “It’s ambitious.”

Brad Lystra said that would require about six new wind farms, producing 600 additional megawatts of energy.

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