(INDIANAPOLIS) - About 50 Central Indiana companies are joining forces to try to make Indiana "ground zero" for clean energy.
The Energy Systems Network has already brought together Cuimmins, Delphi, Allison Transmission and Duke Energy to develop more cost-effective heavy trucks with hybrid engines.
Duke, Indianapolis Power and Light, and Delphi are among the partners on a plan to create a Central Indiana power grid for electric cars. President Paul Mitchell says the goal is to find projects with strong green-energy potential that can take advantage of Indiana's industrial and manufacturing base, but which require collaboration by different businesses to make them reality.
Mitchell says the network will pursue green-energy dollars from the stimulus bill, but won't let the bill dictate the projects it pursues.
A board of directors comprising seven corporate executives, the presidents of Purdue and Ivy Tech, and the leaders of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and the Rocky Mountain Institute think tank will evaluate the technical merits of proposals.
Private donors have pledged $1.8 million over three years in startup funds, with Duke putting up more than half.
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