Who We Are
We are working to help build an Indiana where affordable and cleaner, renewable energy benefits all Hoosiers. Our purpose is to inform and serve consumers and businesses about renewable energy benefits for Indiana. We believe Indiana’s economy will grow and work best for everyone when there is a mix of energy sources. Renewable options, like wind, solar, biomass and more, should be a growing part of that mix.
Whether living in a densely populated city like Indianapolis, Evansville, or Fort Wayne, or at a home alongside one of our state’s beautiful farms, renewable energy needs to be a growing part of our future.
Steve Eberly, whose family operates a cow-calf farming enterprise in Pine Village, Indiana, is the Executive Director of Hoosiers for Renewables. He has spent his life working to make his community better, as a County Commissioner, a member of the County Council, and as the Warren County Director Economic Development. Steve has been an active member of multiple regional and statewide organizations to promote economic growth in rural Indiana particularly with a passion for renewable energy and the benefits it provides to rural communities.
Steve’s roots in Central Indiana run deep. After graduating from Purdue, he stayed at the University as its Director of Food Stores – managing all facets of the enterprise for three decades before taking over as Warren County’s Director of Economic Development. For 11 years, Steve led many projects, including negotiating the $400M Jordan Creek Wind Energy agreement.
He and his wife, Jean, have been married for 46 years, and have two children and three grandchildren.
A veteran of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Connie Neininger now serves as the Assistant Director of Hoosiers for Renewables. Connie is an advocate of rural economic development and renewable energy and her private consultant business – CN Consulting LLC – provides expertise in these fields.
Before launching her own company, Neininger worked on economic development and international trade with the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, and prior to that held economic development roles in Cass and White counties. As an economic developer, she led the process to orient both landowners and the public-at-large regarding the tremendous economic opportunity from wind energy projects, including the first four phases of the Meadow Lake Wind Farm. Connie also spent nearly two decades in the banking industry helping, among other things, organize the White County Community Foundation.
Connie and her husband Ross have one daughter and two granddaughters.
Prior to joining Hoosiers for Renewables, Stephanie founded Wells Strategy + Solutions in 2019, specializing in government affairs, research and data analysis, and program administration. Previously, she was the Vice President of Workforce Development for the Indiana Manufacturers Association, where she developed an employer-driven workforce policy and spearheaded the creation of the Indiana Federation of Advanced Manufacturing Education (INFAME), a work-based learning initiative.
Stephanie has also worked as a Senior Fiscal Analyst for the Indiana Legislative Services Agency, as well as various roles at the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. She has also held positions at the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, the Office of Governor Mitch Daniels, Ice Miller, Indiana University Public Policy Institute, and Holliday Fenoglio Fowler (HFF).
In total, Stephanie has over 18 years of research and analysis, public affairs, and policy experience in the areas of economic development, workforce, housing, and community development. She is proud of her work creating outcome-based solutions and strategies that benefit employers, workers, families, and communities.
Stephanie is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Originally from Boone County, Stephanie and her husband Ross now make their home in Indianapolis with their three children.