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Bill could make investing in solar energy less desirable for Hoosiers

By Katie Stancombe TheStatehouseFIle.com INDIANAPOLIS – Three years ago, Phil Teague made the decision to quit his job, relocate from California to Indiana, and build his own solar business in hopes that the state’s clean energy market might flourish. To his delight, it did. “The thought process was if we started in Indiana and became […]

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Q&A: Meet Sen. Eric Koch, moving from the House to the Senate

By Logan Macaluso TheStatehouseFile.com This story is part of a series of Q&As with newly-elected members of the Indiana General Assembly.   INDIANAPOLIS – After serving 14 years in the House, Sen. Eric Koch, R-Bedford, plans to carry over the skills that he has developed during his time as a representative. Koch, a private practice […]

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Solar energy will soon light up southwest Indiana

By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com   INDIANAPOLIS — Duke Energy and the U.S. Navy will partner to make Indiana’s power supply more sustainable and environmentally friendly. Leaders from both organizations announced plans Wednesday for 70,000 solar panels to be built on a 145-acre plot of land at the southwest Indiana base, Naval Support Activity Crane. The panels […]

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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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Pence: Indiana won’t comply with Clean Power Act unless significant changes are made

  By Max Bomber TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS– Gov. Mike Pence sent a letter Wednesday to President Barack Obama that said Indiana couldn’t afford to comply with the Clean Power Act. Pence said the act was “ill-conceived and poorly constructed.” Pence also said unless the final rule significantly changes the act, the state will not comply. He […]

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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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Energy efficient bill headed to Pence for signature

By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The Senate sent a bill to the governor Tuesday that would change the energy efficiency landscape in the state. Senate Bill 412, authored by Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, is meant to replace the Energizing Indiana program, which the General Assembly canceled last year over the objections of environmental groups. […]

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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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Bill that riles solar industry passes House committee

By Jacob Rund TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANPOLIS – A controversial bill to change the guidelines governing Hoosiers using alternative energy sources – including solar and wind power – passed a House Committee on Wednesday. House Bill 1320, authored by Rep. Eric Koch, R-Bedford, would establish a fixed rate to be paid by all alternative energy users and […]

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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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