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Wind, Waste & Water put ITC on the map

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Alternative energy is produced by several operations in White County that collectively provides affordable, clean and reliable power through different approaches to fuel supply. These businesses long ago recognized the benefits of lower-cost renewable energy that offers reliability and benefits to the environment. Within White County, there are two hydroelectric dams on Lake Shafer and Lake Freeman that are maintained by NIPSCO, and the generator output from both dams is around 16 MW.  

White County is also home to BioTown Ag, who is creatively deploying technologies to eliminate the environmental impacts of past agricultural production processes by converting manure and other organics into energy and other useful co-products to fuel a 7.2 million gallon anaerobic digester. Methane form the digester powers 5 generators that put electricity on the grid, while other equipment separates the liquids and solids to produce fertilizer for the row crops.  

White County is now home to 350 wind towers, and over the next two years construction will begin on another 120 that collectively generates over 900 MW of energy. Financially, the county benefits from the wind farms through economic development agreements with the developers, and these funds are used exclusively for infrastructure and economic development initiatives.  

Lastly, through the collaboration of Carroll-White REMC and Wabash Valley Power Association, our landfill now has three gas plants that utilize the landfill gas composed of methane and carbon dioxide after decomposition. Through drilling wells into the landfill, the gas can be collected and used to fuel on-site turbines or generators through a clean and renewable process. This ends up being an extremely sensible, great, renewable source of energy; and it's cost effective; it's good for the environment, and it's diversified. As with the wind farms, the landfill has brought millions of dollars back to the county that also funds infrastructure and economic development projects.  

Through all of these initiatives, it is safe to say that White County is the undisputed leader for renewable energy in the State of Indiana.  

Randy Mitchell
Member, Indiana's Technology Corridor
President, White County Economic Development