Indiana Energy Savings Program To End
(Indianapolis, Ind.) – Governor Mike Pence will allow Indiana’s fledgling statewide energy-efficiency program to end.
The Republican governor said Thursday that he’ll allow Senate Enrolled Act 340 killing the Energizing Indiana program to become law. Pence will not sign the bill into law, but bill’s not signed by the governor after two weeks become law automatically.
Ending the program will end a fee added to electric bills of all Indiana households and businesses that pay for the Energizing Indiana programs efforts which include home energy assessments, lighting discounts, rebates for commercial and industrial properties, income-qualified weatherization and educational programs for schools.
According to The Statehouse File, Pence said he’ll ask lawmakers next year to develop “a new energy-efficiency program for our state that will encourage conservation and promote a strong Indiana economy.” The governor wants Indiana utility regulators to give input on the new program that will include an opt-out for large electricity consumers.
According to the Energizing Indiana website, it has saved 979 million kilowatt hours since beginning January 2, 2012. That equates to powering close to 79,000 Indiana homes for one year.