• Steve Eberly

Renewables and American Energy Security



For those readers who don’t come from a farm background, the “back 40” refers to a patch of ground that generally is there, but not usually paid much attention to. That in many respects is what happens when a landowner decides to enable solar farming or even authorize construction of a wind turbine. You sign the lease agreement, the construction phase occurs, and the array just goes to work every day producing electrical power.


Including a greater share of renewables in America’s energy mix makes us less dependent on energy from countries ruled by dictators. Renewables make America more energy secure.

That renewable “back 40” power source, which powers local economic development, has another benefit that can’t be ignored, especially against the backdrop of another war in Europe: Homegrown, American energy security. Including a greater share of renewables in America’s energy mix makes us less dependent on energy from countries ruled by dictators. Renewables make America more energy secure.


The situation on the farm is so apt for current world events now. For sure I am a pragmatist and not an alarmist, but what if the absolute horror in the Ukraine were to come home to us? The proliferation of renewable installations will be there. Each renewable energy location has the capability to generate power- and not just for my property but for thousands of homes. A decade or so ago, it was a hot topic to highlight energy security. The situation then is now miniscule to what the Russian/Ukraine horror could escalate and bring forward. What’s happening halfway across the world produces ripples in supply and demand and price that wash up on our Hoosier soil. I think it’s good to be diversified and have a rich mix of power generation so that we can withstand the ups and downs of energy markets and potential disruptions.


Just as it was in 2006 when I listened to the presentations by statesmen and Senators Lugar of Indiana and Nunn of Georgia, energy security is a topic worth considering today. Unlike where we were during that era however, we have renewable, affordable, and local options to do our part as Hoosiers --and frankly Americans -- to help keep the lights on.


“Slava Ukraini” – or “Glory to Ukraine” -- is the chant that we see and hear. We should all think about that when thinking about energy security and diversity.