Date of Award


Document Type


First Advisor

Fred Soster

Second Advisor

Jeanette Pope

Third Advisor

Humberto Baretto


Conflicting views exist with regard to the feasibility of transitioning the world from a dependence on fossil fuel energy production to a completely renewable, emission-free energy climate. Findings show that the potential for Indiana to match its current energy production solely utilizing renewable energy capabilities existing on the Indiana landscape is available using a calculated combination of available resources from available analytical data. The annual required energy production, phased in gradually through the year 2050 and excluding the transportation sector, would consist of ~61% onshore wind energy (443,900 GWh), ~1% offshore wind energy (8,129 GWh), ~1% hydroelectric power (6,833 GWh), ~37% solar photovoltaic (272,600 GWh). In order to supplement times of low energy production due to weather limitations and times of high energy demand, storage options such as lead-acid batteries or compressed air energy storage must be utilized. For the production capacities to be pursued to their full potential, government intervention through programs such as feed-in tariffs and incentive based implementation programs must occur to elicit the levels of investment required for the success of the program. If full required investment is achieved and climate-based limitations are overcome, complete fossil fuel elimination in the state of Indiana for the nontransportation sector is feasible.


Honor Scholar thesis