A Greener Indiana

Everybody can do something to make a greener Indiana

You have spoken out in support of renewable electricity, and our state legislators are listening! We have already gained victories! Yesterday, the Indiana House passed a net metering bill, an energy efficient modernization of our building code, and a program to support geothermal, all wonderful measures!

However, there are other bills that will undermine our march towards a green economy in Indiana, such as SB 420. This bill enables up to 25% of the RES to be met by coal or nuclear, undermining the spirit of advancing green jobs in Indiana. It also sets a terrible precedent for other states and for national policy, when we are dire need of promoting technologies which do not emit carbon (why coal would be bad) and do have problems with waste (which both coal and nuclear have).

Please contact your Senator to oppose SB 420. This bill has already passed out of committee, so timely action is needed! With your support, we can pass a good Renewable Electricity Standard, one that will help Indiana become a world leader in green jobs and green technology!

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A number of promising energy bills have passed out of the Indiana House and now must be ratified by the Senate.

For a full description of the energy bills listed below and others, see HEC`s Energy Legislation Overview.

HB 1347: Expansion of the Net Metering Rules from their current 10kW cap to 1MW (a 100x increase). This would allow homeowners and businesses to generate more of their electricity on-site, sell it back to the grid, save money on their energy bills, and improve the environment.

HB 1348: Energy Efficient Building Codes
Requires Indiana to adopt latest version of International Energy Conservation Code; Indiana`s building codes are now over 15 years old.

HB 1620: Green Buildings
Requires all new or renovated state and local government buildings to meet the LEED silver standard or an equivalent standard; requires Indiana to adopt latest version of ASHRAE code as Indiana energy conservation code

HB 1669: Geothermal Conversion Loans
Establishes loan fund for new or retrofit installation of geothermal systems in schools.

Contact your district Senator and tell them to support these bills.
For the first time in Indiana`s history, a Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) has passed out House Utilities Committee - alongside a strong net metering bill - having been amended to Senate Bill 300. The RES would increase renewable energy and energy efficiency to 15% of Indiana`s electricity portfolio by 2025 and expand the cap on Indiana`s net metering rules to 1MW from its current 10kW, a 1000-fold increase.

Together, these policies would significantly expand the clean energy market in Indiana and open up new opportunities to homeowners and businesses to generate their own power on-site and sell it back to the grid.

The job creation potential of these policies is enormous, which is why HEC is proud to call SB 300 the new Green Jobs Development Act. HEC is thankful to Rep. Ryan Dvorak (D-South Bend) and Sen. Sue Errington (D-Muncie) for their leadership and for valuing the views of a broad coalition of environmental, business, labor and agricultural groups. SB 300 must now be passed on the floor of the House. Please call or email your Representative and urge them to support SB 300 as well!
Federal Legislative Alert: Contact Sen. Bayh Today
CallSen. Bayh, (202) 224-5623, and tell him to support a strong Renewable Electricity Standard (RES), such as the 20% by 2021 proposal put forth in Sen. Bingaman's Energy Cmte or the 25% by 2025 proposal in the Waxman-Markey American Clean Energy & Security Act.

Indiana is over 94% dependent on coal for electricity; unfortunately, Bayh has yet endorse even a modest RES, which would create green jobs and save Hoosiers money on their utility bills. A recent analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists has found that a 25% by 2025 RES would save Hoosier ratepayers $2.12 billion by 2030 and the average household $67, each year, in electricity and natural gas bills by 2025.

State Energy Developments:
The Green Jobs Development Act (SB 300), which includes a 15% by 2025 clean, green RES (no coal, no nuclear) and an expansion of the net metering rules to 1MW, now awaits passage by the House. A vote is expected next Monday.

This bill offers a stark contrast in visions for Indiana's energy future to SB 420, an RES for 15% by 2025 that would allow "clean coal" and other broadly defined energy projects to count as "renewable" energy. SB 420 includes no net metering language, whereas SB 300 would allow homeowners and businesses to get credit for 100X more electricity (1MW) they produce and sell back to the grid than the current rules allow (10kW). A vote on SB 420 is expected Tuesday of next week.

Contact your House Representative today and tell him/her to vote in support of SB 300, a superior vision for renewable energy, energy efficiency, and green job creation in Indiana and against SB 420, a bill that will only perpetuate Indiana's 94% dependence on coal for electricity.
In a bi-partisan fashion, Indiana's House of Representatives passed the first comprehensive green jobs bill in Indiana`s history. However, ultimate victory is not yet ours! House and Senate negotiations now take place on two different versions of SB 300.

The House version of SB 300, which HEC strongly advanced, would require that 15% of Indiana`s electricity come from wind, biomass, solar and geothermal (not coal) by 2025 and would enable, in unprecedented ways, Hoosiers to produce more affordable clean, renewable energy at their homes and businesses. SB 420, a competing renewables bill re-defines so-called "clean coal" as renewable energy, also passed the House. These bills will now go to conference committee.

Please continue your support in these last weeks of the legislative session by contacting the expected members of the conference committee and encouraging them to support SB 300, HEC supported Green Jobs Development Act and oppose SB 420.

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