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Senate committee passes right-to-farm amendment even as some farmers say no

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed a proposed constitutional amendment Monday meant to protect the rights of farmers – but it was farmers who came out to oppose the legislation. The right-to-farm and ranch amendment is meant to protect property rights for farmers and guarantee that Hoosiers can “engage in diverse […]

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Energy conservation bill moves to House

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate passed a bill Tuesday meant to boost energy efficiency efforts that could result in a spike in utility bills for customers. Senate Bill 412 now moves to the House for consideration. The bill, authored by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, would replace the Energizing Indiana program, which the […]

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Controversial energy conservation bill moves to full Senate

Lawmaker talk energy conservation from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed legislation along party lines Wednesday that could mean higher utility bills for customers in an effort to promote conservation. Senate Bill 412, authored by the committee’s chairman, Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, is meant to replace the Energizing Indiana […]

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Legislation seeks to replace Energizing Indiana plan

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com  INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate Utilities Committee will consider a bill Thursday that could let power companies develop new energy efficiency plans and then charge customers more to implement them. Senate Bill 412, authored by the committee’s chairman, Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, is meant to replace the Energizing Indiana program, which the General […]

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Vectren to offer cash rebates for natural gas users

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana, based out of Evansville, will continue offering cash rebates to natural gas customers. The energy company will offer a new rebate in 2015 of $100 to put toward a programmable thermostat with Wi-Fi connectivity. Other rebates include $250 toward a natural gas furnace and $400 […]

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State Office of Energy Development offers conservation grants

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Conservation projects may be eligible for a share of a $700,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Energy Development through its Community Conservation Challenge. The office is accepting applications online from now until Feb. 20, 2015 on its webpage. “Winning recipients can receive between $25,000 and $100,000 to support creative […]

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