INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana House has amended a bill targeting the
state's energy-efficiency program with a provision that would effectively
end the program.
The bill amended
Tuesday would prohibit the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission from
extending or entering into contracts for the statewide energy efficiency
program after Dec. 31, 2014.
Rep. Heath VanNatter of Kokomo says the Energizing Indiana program is
"very costly" and doesn't provide enough benefits for Indiana's electric
groups say the 2-year-old program has been a success. The program's
website says it's saved enough energy to power nearly 78,000 Indiana
Jodi Perras of
the Sierra Club of Indiana's Beyond Coal campaign says the House's action
"will roll back a proven winner," cost energy-efficiency workers their
jobs and threaten Hoosiers with higher electric bills.