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Governor declares October energy efficiency awareness month in Indiana

By Megan Powell TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS –Gov. Mike Pence declared October as Energy Efficiency Awareness Month in a Oct. 8 proclamation following President Barack Obama’s national announcement Sept. 29. The main goal is to drive utility energy costs down and provide a better living community, according to a press release from Pence’s office. In a report […]

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New report highlights benefits Energizing Indiana offered Hoosiers

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A final data report shows that Energizing Indiana, the former statewide energy efficiency program, was successful in creating more jobs, reducing energy consumption, and saving ratepayers money. Energizing Indiana, created by former state Governor Mitch Daniels, was shut down after the Indiana General Assembly and Governor Mike Pence decided to […]

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Speaker kills bill criticized as detrimental to solar, wind energy usage

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The leader of the Indiana House has killed a bill that critics say would have depressed the use of solar and other alternative energies. House Speaker Brian Bosma, R-Indianapolis, pulled the bill off the calendar Tuesday, a key deadline for action. “There are a whole variety of issues that […]

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Regulators nix cost recovery for BlueIndy electric car program

By Olivia Covington TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission denied a petition from Indiana Power and Light, which sought to recover $12.3 million to install charging stations for electric vehicles as part of the BlueIndy electric vehicle project. The decision could put the controversial project in jeopardy. In a meeting on Wednesday, the […]

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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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Indiana’s use of renewable energy up over past decade

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Hoosiers are using significantly more energy from renewable sources – including biofuels and wind – than they were just 10 years ago, a Purdue University expert told lawmakers Tuesday. But the total amount of energy coming from those sources in the state remains small and less than the national […]

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Consumer counselor, IPL, city reach deal for car-sharing program

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A state agency representing customers has struck a deal that could allow an electric car-sharing program to move forward, even though it would still mean higher rates for power customers. The deal between the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, the city of Indianapolis, and Indianapolis Power & Light […]

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Pryor: Proposed rate hike for car-sharing is ‘corporate welfare’

By Cherrish Pryor Indiana House of Representatives When the name BlueIndy first came on our radar screens, it sure sounded good. Electric cars. Ride sharing. A cleaner environment. Reduced dependence on foreign oil. Improved transit. What’s not to like? Quite a bit, as a matter of fact. The speed and stealth with which the city […]

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Public can comment on Indy car-sharing program, impact on power bills

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A consumer agency is seeking public input on a plan to have customers of Indianapolis Power and Light subsidize a city electric car-sharing initiative. The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is inviting consumer comments on IPL’s request for a $16 million rate increase to pay for start-up costs […]

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