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Wind power in Indiana

Wind power in Indiana is located in Indiana
Union City
Union City
Wildcat I
Wildcat I
Wildcat II
Wildcat II
Prairie Breeze
Prairie Breeze
Wind power projects in Indiana
  Under construction
  Stand Alone Facilities
  Canceled or decommissioned

Wind power in Indiana was limited to a few small water-pumping windmills on farms until 2008 with construction of Indiana's first utility-scale wind power facility, Goodland (phase I) with a nameplate capacity of 130 MW. As of 2012, Indiana had a total of 1543 MW of wind power capacity installed ranking it 13th among U.S. states,[1] with more under construction or in planning. The main utility-scale development to that point had been in the northwest part of the state in Benton, White, and Jasper Counties. Fowler Ridge phase III should be completed later in 2010, to give a final nameplate capacity of 750 MW, making Fowler Ridge the Midwest's largest wind farm, and one of the largest in the world. Phases II-VI at Meadow Lake, when complete, will make Meadow Lake even larger at 1000 MW.[2]


  • Installed capacity and wind resources 1
  • Wind generation 2
  • Wind farms 3
  • Single-unit turbines 4
  • Environmental impact 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7

Installed capacity and wind resources

The following table compares the growth in wind power installed nameplate capacity in MW for Indiana and the entire United States since 1999.[3]

Year Indiana US
1999 0 2,500
2000 0 2,554
2001 0 4,275
2002 0 4,685
2003 0 6,370
2004 0 6,725
2005 0 9,149
2006 0 11,603
2007 0 16,819
2008 130 25,170
2009 1036 35,159
2010 1238 40,180
2011 1340 46,919
2012 1543 60,007
Installed capacity by state as of 2011 (animated map of installed capacity growth)
Average annual wind power density map for Indiana at 50m above ground

On February 11, 2010, the Lake Michigan along its shoreline.[7][8][9] However, offshore wind power development is far behind onshore development in the United States generally, because onshore development is cheaper and the United States has an abundance of suitable onshore sites to develop. Indiana has no offshore wind farms as of 2015.

Wind generation

Indiana Wind Generation in 2011
Indiana Wind Generation (GWh, Million kWh)
Year Total Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
2009 1,403 49 109 133 161 94 69 43 64 45 145 220 272
2010 2,934 271 187 224 316 220 156 119 90 246 342 396 364
2011 3,289 315 391 377 429 270 204 82 84 164 246 432 295
2012 3,163 416 307 374 386 212 185 113 94 162 324 234 357


Wind farms

The following table of wind farms and utility-scale wind power developments uses data from the AWEA,[3] the State of Indiana,[13] and other sources. For the larger projects constructed in phases, the table lists separate information for each phase. The name of each wind farm is the name used by the energy company when referring to the farm. The Wind Farm suffix is implied and hence removed for brevity. For more details and references for each wind farm, see its article.

Wind farm County(s) Turbine model Power per turbine (MW) No. of Turbines Total Nameplate Capacity (MW) Online Developer Operator Power purchaser Coordinates
Benton County phase I Benton GE sl/sle Gen4 1.5 87 130.5 2008-04 Orion Energy Orion Energy Duke, Vectren
Fowler Ridge phase I Vestas Benton Vestas V82 1.65 182 300.3 2009-04 BP, Dominion BP, Dominion AEP, Dominion
Fowler Ridge phase I Clipper Benton Clipper 2.5 2.5 40 100 2009-04 BP, Dominion BP, Dominion AEP, Dominion
Fowler Ridge phase II Benton GE sl/sle Gen4 1.5 133 199.5 2009-12 BP, Dominion BP, Dominion AEP, Vectren
Hoosier Benton REpower 2 53 106 2009-08 IPL, enXco IPL, enXco IPL
Meadow Lake phase I White Vestas V82 1.65 121 199.65 2009-08 Horizon Wind Energy Horizon Wind Energy AEP, wholesale market
Meadow Lake phase II White Acciona 1.5 66 99 2010 Horizon Wind Energy Horizon Wind Energy
Meadow Lake phase III White GE 1.5 69 103.5 2010 Horizon Wind Energy Horizon Wind Energy
Prairie Breeze Tipton 1.6 94 150 Juwi
Union City/Randolph Eastern School Corporation Randolph Nordic Windpower 1 2 2 2010-02 Performance Services Union City, Randolph Eastern School Corporation AEP
Wildcat phase I Madison, Tipton GE 1.6 125 200 2012-10 E.ON E.ON AEP
Wildcat phase II Grant, Howard 40-60 (proposed) E.ON
Wildcat phase III Tipton 40-75 (proposed) E.ON
Wildcat phase IV Tipton (proposed) E.ON
Total 1590.45

Single-unit turbines

In addition to the above wind farms, single stand-alone units have also been built in five other locations, mostly at schools. Some of these units were placed to test the environment for future wind energy development.[14][15][16]
Location County Owner Wind speed
Carthage Shelby 7.7 / 99m
Haubstadt Gibson South Gibson S.C. 6.1 / 99m 2.4
Kokomo Howard Northwestern School Corporation 7.0 / 99m
LaGrange LaGrange 7.0 / 99m
Upland Grant Taylor University 2x50

Environmental impact

According to the USDOE, each 1000 MW of wind power capacity installed in Indiana will annually save 1,684 million gallons of water and eliminate 3.1 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions.[17]

For comparison, Indiana emitted a total of 230,830,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2007.[18][19]

As of March 2010 Indiana lacked a renewable energy standard, unlike several other midwestern states: Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri and Iowa.[20] Nevertheless, Indiana's wind power development had outpaced that of Ohio and Michigan.

See also


  1. ^ Installed Wind Capacity, U.S. Department of Energy, 3 March 2013
  2. ^ "Meadow Lake Update" (PDF).  
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Wind Energy Projects - Indiana".  
  4. ^ "Estimates of Windy Land Area and Wind Energy Potential by State for Areas >= 30% Capacity Factor at 80m" (XLS).  
  5. ^ "Indiana Wind Activities".  
  6. ^ "Electric Power and Renewable Energy in Indiana".  
  7. ^ Bradley, David (2004-02-06). "A Great Potential: The Great Lakes as a Regional Renewable Energy Source". Archived from the original on 2009-03-25. Retrieved 2008-10-04. 
  8. ^ "Great Lakes eyed for offshore wind farms".  
  9. ^ "Momentum Grows for Great Lakes Offshore Wind". NewEnergyNews. 2008-10-31. Retrieved 2008-11-15. 
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  13. ^ "Indiana Office of Energy Development - Wind Power".  
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  17. ^ Lantz, Eric; Tegen, Suzanne (May 2008). "Economic Benefits, Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Emissions Reductions, and Water Conservation Benefits from 1,000 Megawatts (MW) of New Wind Power in Indiana" (PDF, 503kB).  
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  20. ^ Slabaugh, Seth (2010-01-11). "Indiana not promoting wind energy like its neighbors". Retrieved 2010-03-23. 
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