Henry County Rural Electric Membership Corporation (HCREMC)’s power supplier, Hoosier Energy, has a power supply portfolio which includes clean renewable energy from:
- Landfill methane
- Coalbed methane
- Wind turbines
Hoosier Energy’s Renewable Policy
- Adopted a Renewable Energy Policy in 2006
- Established goals to increase the share of renewable energy in its power supply portfolio
- Although the U.S. and Indiana have no laws requiring utilities to have renewable energy programs, Hoosier Energy has committed to increasing its renewable energy portfolio by 5% of annual growth
- In meeting these goals, Hoosier Energy has implemented several small-scale wind and solar energy generation systems in Indiana
- Hoosier Energy also provides assistance to member cooperatives developing renewable energy projects in their territories
- Hoosier Energy is a charter member of a National Renewables Cooperative, which looks for opportunities for co-ops to work together on renewable energy projects
- Green energy is made available to member co-ops through the EnviroWatts® program
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Landfill gas generation is recognized as renewable energy and offsets carbon dioxide emissions and provides other environmental benefits. Methane, with emissions 20 times stronger than carbon dioxide would otherwise be flared into the atmosphere, is used to produce electricity. These facilities also reduce emissions.
- Hoosier Energy has been operating a renewable power facility at the Clark-Floyd landfill in southern Indiana since October 2007
- Gas produced in the landfill provides a source of fuel to power generators around the clock
- Power production at the plant is capable of producing approximately 3.5 megawatts of power, enough electricity to power 7,000 homes
- The latest generating facility is a three-engine 14-megawatt landfill methane plant in Pontiac, Illinois
- It is located at the 460-acre Livingston Landfill operated by Republic Services
In 2015, Hoosier Energy announced a 10-megawatt solar program that consists of 10 1-megawatt solar arrays to be installed across member service territories.
1-megawatt solar array (PDF) in Henry County was the first in a region-wide cooperative effort with power supplier Hoosier Energy to tap into the benefits of solar power.
Installations began in 2015, with all 10 expected to be online in 2016.
Collectively, the solar “farms” will provide approximately 20,000,000 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of energy annually for the 300,000 consumers served by Hoosier Energy’s 18-member distribution cooperatives.
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- Hoosier Energy has a 20-year power purchase agreement for electricity produced at the Dayton Hydro plant near Ottawa, IL
- The LaSalle County facility has 3 turbines with 3.7 megawatts (MW) total capacity
- Wind power comes from a purchase power agreement with a wind generation project in Story County, Iowa
- Hoosier Energy purchases 25 megawatts of the plant’s output
Hoosier Energy’s Renewable Energy Policy Objectives
- Create diversity of power supply resources
- Provide member co-ops with renewable energy to support consumer programs
- Strengthen and reinforce Hoosier Energy’s environmental stewardship initiatives
- Improve economies of rural communities in central and southern Indiana
Read more in our Renewable Energy Information Module (PDF).