Energy News

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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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

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