We All Need the Energy Grid

19
January

We All Need the Energy Grid

 When you charge your smart phone or flip on that light switch, the grid is what gives you the energy you need. For this, the grid is the most vital piece for energy reliability for customers.  Powering our homes, schools, churches and businesses requires that we all invest in the grid. Even customers that self-generate through solar or other renewable energy sources rely on the grid when the sun isn’t shining or the wind isn’t blowing.

 Customers who self-generate aren’t paying their share of the grid because they are paid a rate for the energy they send back to their energy provider that is higher than what the energy company would pay on the open market.  This “net metering” rate means other Hoosiers subsidize those who generate their own power. 
 
 Subsidies and net metering have been important in helping to jump start alternative energy. However, as the cost of installing private solar generation units begins to drop, we won’t need these subsidies much longer.  Now is the time to plan for our energy future with new technologies.
 
 Indiana should help usher in expanded self-generation of energy by:
 

  • Continuing to provide current, favorable pricing for self-generating customers who sell their excess energy back to their energy provider for the next decade
  • Offering a sensible transition for paying market price for the energy self-generating customers send back to their energy company into the future
  • Passing Senate Bill 309, that puts these necessary changes into place