Energy News

9
February

Self-Generation of Energy Will Continue to Thrive in Indiana

  Self-generation of energy has come a long way in the last ten years since net metering laws were put into place to help incentivize customers to invest in private generation like solar and wind.
           
  In an effort to continue to promote renewal energy, Indiana’s electric utilities propose to extend the net metering laws in Senate Bill 309. Customers will have the certainty of knowing that the excess energy they generate will be purchased by their energy supplier.  
 
  Senate Bill 309 is a sensible way to expand solar generation for existing customers and establish certainty for customers who want to install private solar generation units in the future. 

3
February

Indiana's Energy Companies Continue to Encourage Self-Generation

  For twelve years now Indiana’s energy companies have helped build and encourage the expansion of the self-generation of energy for its customers. Since 2005, “net metering” laws have been on the books in Indiana that require Indiana energy companies to pay more than market value for energy that self-generating customers send back to them.
 
  Installing self-generation units like solar panels on your home hasn’t been viable until recently because of the high costs of installation. However, solar panel installation has become more affordable over the last ten years. Net metering policies were originally put in place to incentivize customers to pay for expensive panels, but won’t be needed long-term.
 
  Indiana’s energy companies are proposing to extend current net metering policies for another ten years to further promote private self-generation, while putting in place a framework for future self-generation viability. Senate Bill 309 makes certain that after the next ten years, self-generating customers will continue to be compensated for the energy they send back to the utility.
 
  Indiana should help usher in expanded self-generation of energy by passing Senate Bill 309 and:...

26
January

A Balanced Approach to Private Renewable Viability

Senate Bill 309 Establishes Needed Viability for Rewnewables

  Remember when you thought of solar panels as only being relevant in the west? Fast forward to today where you can drive up and down the streets in your neighborhood and you might see solar panels on your neighbor’s home.
 
  In years past, solar panels were just too expensive for many of us to afford. Government entities had to offer incentives to customers to encourage them to invest in solar and other forms of renewable energy. Today, self-generation units like solar are becoming more affordable, but aren’t fully viable yet.
 
  States all around the country are looking for ways to continue to incentivize customers to invest in renewables, but provide a balanced approach for generations to come that will look to solar panels as a way to power their lives. Indiana should do the same.

  Currently, if you have solar panels installed on your home and sell the excess energy you generate back to your energy provider over the grid, you would be reimbursed the full retail price for that energy. This practice is called net metering. Indiana offered net metering pricing to customers back when solar panels were just too expensive to put on their homes.

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