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December 3, 2013 - OED Commences State Energy Planning Process
The Indiana Office of Energy Development announced today that it has officially begun the process of crafting a new energy plan for the State of Indiana. Read more about it here.

September 6, 2013 - Governor Pence Reappoints Vance
Indianapolis IN, September 6, 2013 - Governor Mike Pence today named Tristan Vance as Director of the Office of Energy Development (OED). Read more about it here.

December 13, 2012 - Lt. Governor Names Winners of Community Conservation Challange
Indianapolis IN, December 13, 2012 - Lt. Governor Becky Skillman today announced the winners of the Community Conservation Challenge (CCC) grants. Five projects were chosen from nearly 60 applications statewide. Read more about the grant opportunity here.

October 4, 2012 - Community Conservation Challenge
Indianapolis IN, October 4, 2012 – Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has launched 2012's Community Conservation Challenge (CCC), which could provide several hundred thousand dollars for community-wide energy efficiency, renewable energy or alternative fuel vehicle retrofit projects. Read more about the grant opportunity here.

May 16, 2012 - Energy Wise Awards
Evansville IN, May 16, 2012 – Three participants in the Energy Action in Schools Program sponsored by Duke Energy, Office of Energy Development and National Energy Foundation are receiving an award for their hard work with Energy Patrols. Read more about it here.

February 13, 2012:  Lt. Governor Appoints New OED Director
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman today announced Brandon Seitz is leaving his position as director of the Office of Energy Development (OED) to serve in the private sector. Tristan Vance has been appointed to the position, effective February 20. Read more about it here.

December 2, 2011:  Four Communities To Benefit From Energy Projects
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced the successful applicants for the Community Conservation Challenge (CCC).  The CCC program has nearly $1 million in federal grant funding available for community-wide energy efficiency, renewable energy or alternative fuel vehicle retrofit projects.  Each project will bring a variety of local governments, businesses and organizations together to save energy or employ renewable energy technologies with tangible energy savings. Read more about it here.

November 15, 2011: Additional CHIP and AFV Grants Awarded
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced 16 additional awards for two energy related grant programs.  $4.6 million in grants will be divided between the Conserving Hoosier Industrial Power (CHIP) grant program and the Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFV) program. Both grant programs use federal funds administered through the Indiana Office of Energy Development.  Read more about it here.

October 21, 2011:  AFV and CHIP Grants Awarded
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced the awards for two energy related grant programs.  Four companies will divide nearly $1.7 million as part of the Conserving Hoosier Industrial Power (CHIP) grant program, and three companies will make nearly $700,000 in fleet vehicle conversions as part of an Alternative Fuel Vehicles retrofit program. Both grant programs use federal funds administered through the Indiana Office of Energy Development. Read about it here.

October 14, 2011:  15 Indiana Schools to Launch Energy Action Patrols
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. Read more about it here.

October 11, 2011: Community Conservation Challenge Expanded. 
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has launched an expanded Community Conservation Challenge (CCC), which could provide several hundred thousand dollars for community-wide energy efficiency, renewable energy or alternative fuel vehicle retrofit 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 it here.

October 3, 2011: Alternative Fuel Vehicle Safety Training for First Responders.
With the number of Alternative Fuel Vehicles (AFVs) on Indiana’s roads increasing, First Responders need to know how to handle these vehicles if they are involved in a collision or accident.  A series of workshops sponsored by Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition and the Indiana Office of Energy Development will provide emergency personnel with the training they need when they are first on the scene.  Read more about it here.

September 6, 2011:  Alternative Fuel Grant Available for Hoosier Vehicle Fleets.
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced funds are being made available to the public and private sectors to help pay for conversion of fleet vehicles to alternative fuels.  The Alternative Fuel Vehicle (AFV) grants will be available to government entities, businesses, school corporations, institutions of higher education, health care facilities and not-for-profit agencies in Indiana. Learn more about it here.

August 29, 2011:  Energy Education Program Available for Indiana Schools
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced that Energy Patrols will once again be scouring some Hoosier schools looking for ways to save energy.  It’s part of the Energy Action In Schools program where students and school administrators work together to reduce energy costs in their buildings, while learning about energy efficiency.  Read more about it here. Application period extended to September 30, 2011.

August 25, 2011:  CHIP Program Reopens to Provide Energy Efficiency Grants to Commercial/Industrial Sector
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced a new round of funding for Indiana commercial or industrial facilities planning energy efficiency upgrades to existing facilities. The Conserving Hoosier Industrial Power (CHIP) program provides grants from $100,000 to $500,000 to help pay for large-scale energy efficiency upgrades or retrofits.  Click here for more information.

August 18, 2011:  Energy Program to Provide Energy Audits to 18 Indiana Communities
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced 18 Hoosier communities have been selected to take part in the Community Energy Program (CEP).  CEP will provide energy audits for public facilities in each community along with the creation of a strategic energy plan with both short and long-term energy efficiency goals.  Learn more about it here.

May 24, 2011:  WIndiana 2011 and Indiana Renewable Energy Conference In Indianapolis July 20-21
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced WIndiana, Indiana’s only statewide wind energy conference, will expand this year to include wind, solar, bioenergy and alternative fuel vehicles.  Along with sessions on utility-scale renewable energy projects, the Indiana Renewable Energy Conference (IREC) will include how-to workshops for homeowners and small business owners on wind, solar PV, solar thermal, biomass as well as new and innovative renewable technologies. Read more about it here. 

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April 28, 2011:  Indiana Communities to be Offered Energy Efficiency Plans
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman announced today a program allowing small cities and towns to create energy efficiency plans.  The Community Energy Plan program will provide cities and towns an energy audit and energy plan development free of charge.  Read more about it here. 

March 29, 2011:  Department of Energy Launches "America's Next Top Energy Innovator"
The federal government
announced the “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” challenge, which will give start-up companies the opportunity to license groundbreaking technologies developed by the National Laboratories for $1,000 and build successful businesses.  As part of this effort, the Department is reducing both the cost and paperwork requirements for start-up companies to obtain an option agreement to license some of the 15,000 patents and patent applications held by our 17 National Laboratories.  Read more about it here.

February 2, 2011: Energy Patrols To Help Indiana Schools Save Money
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced a program to provide energy education to Indiana school kids, in a way that could help school corporations save money.  Energy Action in Schools will create Energy Action Patrols to monitor energy usage and help recommend ways to save money on utilities. Ten school corporations will take part and a total of 49 buildings will have Energy Action Patrols.  Read more about it here.

December 1, 2010: Increased Water Treatment Efficiency On The Way For Seven Hoosier Communities
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced seven Indiana communities have been awarded grants to improve the energy efficiency of their water treatment facilities.  The grants were part of the Energy Efficiency for Water Treatment (EEWT) grant program that offered up to $100,000 for the replacement of water or wastewater treatment pumps and motors. Read the full news release here.

November 9, 2010: Community Conservation Challenge Helps Launch Efficiency Projects
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced the four community projects to be funded through the Community Conservation Challenge (CCC).  Each project will receive a $100,000 grant to partially fund energy efficiency projects that have community-wide impact.  The CCC competitive grant program, using federal funds administered by the Indiana Office of Energy Development was launched in August. Read more about it here.

November 3, 2010: Solar Thermal Program Awards $59,000 for Hot Water Projects
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced that two apartment complexes and a food co-op have been awarded grants to help install systems that use the power of the sun for heating and hot water needs.  The grants were part of the Indiana Solar Thermal grant program.  Read more about it here.

September 29, 2010: Renewable Energy Grantees Take Part In National Solar Tour
This weekend’s National Solar Tour will feature a number of solar power and renewable energy installations in Indiana.  Among them, 14 recipients of nearly $300,000 in Alternative Power and Energy grants through the Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED).  Read more about it here.

September 9, 2010: Fall Energy Tour
The Indiana Office of Energy Development has scheduled three grant assistance workshops in order to promote two current grant programs, as well as assist potential applicants with the application process.  The workshops will include the opportunity for on-site review of energy efficiency projects that might qualify for grant funding.  The programs to be discussed are the Community Conservation Challenge, and the Energy Efficiency Water Treatment grant program.  Read more about it here.

August 16, 2010:  Energy Efficiency Grants Available for Water Treatment Facilities
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced a program that gives Municipal water treatment facilities in Indiana access to grants to improve the energy efficiency of pumps and motors in these facilities.  The Energy Efficiency for Water Treatment (EEWT) grant program offers grants up to $100,000 for replacement of water treatment pumps and motors.  Applicants for the program must provide a 50 percent cost matchRead more about it here.

August 10, 2010: CHIP Program Awards $2.2 million in Energy Efficiency Grants
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced 11 companies in Indiana have been selected as part of the Conserving Hoosier Industrial Power (CHIP) grant program. CHIP made $2.2 million available for energy efficiency upgrades to commercial or industrial facilities in Indiana. The grants, ranging from $52,000 to $400,000 were awarded through a competitive process. Read more about it here.

August 5, 2010: Indiana Energy Conservation Challenge Launched
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced the Community Conservation Challenge.  This program will make grants from $50,000 to $100,000 to nonprofit groups for community scale energy efficiency projects.  The competitive grant program opens August 4, 2010 and applications must be submitted by October 1, 2010. Read more about it here.

July 8, 2010: Indiana Solar Thermal Grant Program Launched
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced the opening of the Indiana Solar Thermal (IST) grant program that will make $150,000 available to help offset the cost of installing large Solar Thermal water systems. The program is designed to introduce alternative and renewable energy technologies to specific sectors of hot water users. Read more about it here.

July 2, 2010: Conserving Hoosier Industrial Power (CHIP) Grant Program Launched
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced a new grant program that makes $2 million available for energy efficiency upgrades to commercial or industrial facilities in Indiana.  The program is called CHIP—Conserving Hoosier Industrial Power. The competitive program will make grants between $50,000 and $400,000 available for the installation of energy conservation measures.  Read more about it here. 

July 1, 2010:  Rebate Program Runs Out Early
Due to tremendous consumer response over the last month,  the Indiana Heating and Air Conditioning Incentive Program (IHIP) has exhausted its funding two weeks earlier than expected. The federally funded program provided rebates from $150 to $1,000 for qualified Energy Star rated furnaces, boilers, central air conditioning and heat pumps. With the depletion of the funds available, the program is now closed. Read more about it here.

June 29, 2010:  Alternative Fuel Vehicle Conversion Project Underway
A massive Alternative Fuel Vehicle conversion project that includes the conversion of some 900 vehicles as well as infrastructure improvements got underway this week.  The $22.8 million project includes a $10.1 million federal grant announced by Lt. Governor Becky Skillman last year. The project is a joint effort of the Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED) and Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition (GICCC). Read more about it here.

June 22, 2010: Heating and Cooling Rebate Program Nearly Complete
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced the Indiana Heating and Air Conditioning Incentive Program (IHIP) is expected to run out of money by July 15, 2010.  The program will have distributed nearly $6 million in rebates for the purchase and installation of Energy Star rated heating and air conditioning equipment in Indiana homes.  It is expected over 15,000 rebates averaging $400 each will have been distributed to Hoosiers when the fund is depleted. Read more about it here.

June 17, 2010: Additional Grant Recipients Announced
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced one additional community has been added to the list of recipients of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) funds for upgrade and retrofit projects to public facilities.  A total of ten have been added to the EECBG program that provides grants to small businesses, health care facilities, higher education and non profit organizations. The ten are being added to a list of 50 announced earlier this month. Read more about it here.

June 1, 2010: Hoosier Small Businesses, Health Care, Higher Education and Non Profits Awarded $3 million in Energy Efficiency Grants
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman announced Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) have been awarded to 50 small businesses, health care facilities, institutions for higher education, and non profit agencies for energy efficiency upgrades to their facilities.  A total of $2.85 million was awarded for energy efficiency upgrades to existing structures.  Grantees were selected through a competitive application process. Read more about it here.

May 28, 2010: UPDATE: Five Communities Added To Energy Efficiency Grant List
(Indianapolis)—Five additional communities have been added to the list of recipients of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) funds for upgrade and retrofit projects to public facilities. The five were added to the recently announced list of 47 Indiana communities to receive second round funding.  The five were added after additional EECBG funding became available.  Read more about it here.

May 18, 2010: $5.1 million in Energy Efficiency Grants To Benefit Hoosier Communities
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman announced 58 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) have been awarded to 47 Indiana cities, towns and counties for energy efficiency upgrades to public facilities. The awards come as part of the second round of federal funding in the EECBG program this year. 
Read more about it here.

May 11, 2010: Over 50% of IHIP Rebate Funds Distributed
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman reported today the Indiana Heating and Cooling Incentive Program (IHIP), which provides rebates for the purchase and installation of Energy Star Rated furnaces, boilers, central air conditioners and heat pumps, has now paid out 50 percent of the money available in the program.  Read more about it here.

April 5, 2010: "HELP" for Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Projects
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced the launch of H.E.L.P.—Hoosier Energy Loan Program.  This revolving loan program will make low interest loans from $50,000 to $500,000 to commercial and industrial facilities in Indiana for energy efficiency upgrades.  Hoosier companies have until May 24, 2010 to apply for the loans.  The program will help fund a variety of energy efficiency upgrades and retrofits. Read more about it here.

March 22, 2010: WIndiana 2010 Draws Indiana's Wind Industry Together
WIndiana 2010, Indiana’s only statewide wind industry conference will be held July 21-22 at the Indiana Convention Center.  This year’s overall theme is “Integrating Wind in Indiana”.  Attendance at the 2-day conference is expected to surpass last year’s record breaking numbers.  The conference has also expanded to include three separate tracks, focusing on utility scale wind, Indiana’s wind industry supply chain, and Community/Smaller wind. Read more about it here.

March 15, 2010: $3.35 Million in Energy Efficiency Grants to Benefit Indiana Communities
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman announced 46 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants (EECBG) have been awarded to 37 Indiana cities, towns and counties for energy efficiency upgrades to public facilities.  A total of $3.35 million was awarded for upgrades including LED traffic light conversion, building lighting upgrades and non-lighting building retrofits.  The communities were selected for the grants through a competitive bid process. Read more about it here.

March 8, 2010: Energy Efficiency Grants Expand In Second Round
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced that a second round of Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants  will be made available to smaller Indiana cities, towns and counties as part of a competitive grant process. The  Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED) will begin accepting applications on March 8, 2010.  A total of $4.8 million will be available across five areas of interest. Read more about it here.

February 22, 2010: New Grant Opportunity for Small Business, Health Care, Non Profits, Higher Education
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman announced the availability of over $4 million in competitive grants for energy efficiency upgrades.  Indiana Small businesses, health care facilities, institutions of higher education and non profit agencies are all eligible to apply for the grants.  The program will make grants up to $100,000 for any energy efficiency retrofit project available with a 50% local match. Read more about it here.

February 10, 2010: Indiana Still Near Top in U.S. For Wind Development
For the second year in a row, Indiana has ranked at or near the top of a national survey tracking the installation of large scale wind developments in the United States in 2009. In the last two years, Indiana has gone from 50th to 13th among wind-producing states. Read more about it here.

February 1, 2010: Heating and Cooling System Rebate Program Launched
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman today announced the opening of the Indiana Heating and Cooling Incentive Program (IHIP) that will provide rebates for the purchase and installation of Energy Star Rated furnaces, boilers, central air conditioners and heat pumps. The rebates range from $150 to $1,000 depending on the technology that is installed. Read more about it here.

January 22, 2010: 12 Alternative Power and Energy Grants Awarded
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman has announced 12 Alternative Power and Energy Grant awards totaling $388,955. The money, part of a federal grant program administered by the Indiana Office of Energy Development, will partially fund the purchase and installation of six solar power arrays and one wind turbine.  Read more about it here.

 

2009:  

Indiana Wins $10 million Grant To Convert Vehicle Fleets to Alternative Fuels
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman announces Indiana's plan was one of 25 selected,after hundreds applied.  Read more about it
here.    

Energy Efficiciency Grant Program Announced
Lt. Governor Becky Skillman announced the availability of over $6 million dollars in competitive grants for energy efficiency upgrades in smaller Indiana cities and towns. The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program will provide funding for energy efficiency upgrades in three areas: Traffic lights, Building and facility lighting, and general facility energy efficiency. Read more about it here.

Alternative Power and Energy Maximum Grant Increased
In order to open up the Alternative Power and Energy (APE) grant program to a wider range of potential applicants, the Indiana Office of Energy Development has raised the maximum grant to $100,000. The original maximum was $50,000. The total funding for this program remains at $879,000. Read about it here.

Siting Magazine Suggests Growth Industries will Power Us Through.
Area Development Magazine looks at growth industries such as wind power to see Indiana through tougher economic times.  Read more about it
here.      

Statewide Wind Conference Draws 600
the second annual WIndiana conference opens Tuesday, July 21 at the Indianapolis Convention Center.  The 2-day conference focuses on wind resources in Indiana for both utility level wind development, urban or smaller wind power, helping Indiana manufacturers enter or expand their presence in the wind industry supply chain, and what the future holds for the wind industry in the state. Read more about it
here.

Renewable Energy Workshops Scheduled
A series of workshops to help Hoosiers learn more about such renewable technologies as small wind, Domestic Solar Hot water and Basic Photovoltaics will be held across Indiana over the first portion of 2009.  Read more about it
here.

OED Launches new Energy Efficiency Rebate Program
$250,000 in rebates for replacing an existing furnance or water heater with more energy efficient equipment has been launched.  There are restrictions, and the rebate application must be approved before any work is done.
Click here to learn more. Read the news release here.

$300,000 in Alternative Power and Energy Grants Awarded
The 2008-2009 Alternative Power and Energy grant program has awarded funding to 14 applicants.  Read the news release
here.