Solar energy bill passes Indiana Senate utility committee

Solar energy bill passes Indiana Senate utility committee


3 A CONTROVERSIAL SOLAR ENERGY BILL PASSED THROUGH A SENATE UTILITY COMMITTEE TODAY. STATE SENATOR BRANDT HERSHMAN, OF TIPPECANOE COUNTY, WAS ON THE HOT SEAT THIS MORNING AS SENATORS CHALLENGED HIS BILL THAT WOULD EVENTUALLY END NET METERING IN THE STATE. NEWS 18’S KAYLA SULLIVAN IS LIVE AT THE INDIANA STATEHOUSE TO EXPLAIN NET METERING AND WHY THE COMMITTEE VOTED TO EVENTUALLY END IT. KAYLA? DUSTIN, NET METERING IS THE INCENTIVE TO USE SOLAR PANEL ENERGY IN YOUR HOME, SCHOOL, OR COMPANY. IT ALLOWS YOU TO COLLECT AND USE SOLAR ENERGY AND SELL WHAT ENERGY IS LEFT OVER FOR WHAT SENATOR BRANDT HERSHMAN CALLS AN “UNFAIR RATE.”HERSHMAN SAYS CURRENTLY NET METERING SUBSIDIES ARE AT 300% HE WANTS TO DECREASE IT DOWN TO 25% OVER A PERIOD OF TIME. TODAY, THE COMMITTEE PASSED HIS BILL 8-2 BUT ONLY WITH AN AMENDMENT THAT WOULD GIVE PEOPLE 5 YEARS TO INSTALL SOLAR POWER AND THEN A SUBSEQUENT 10 YEARS IN WHICH THEY COULD USE NET METERING. OPPONENTS SAY LEGISLATORS AREN’T QUALIFIED TO SET THE RATES AND THAT THE INDIANA UTILITY REGULATORY COMMISSION SHOULD STUDY IT AND COME UP WITH A FAIR RATE. HERSHMAN SAYS MOST OF HIS OPPOSITION IS FROM OUT OF STATE BUT WE TALKED WITH SOMEONE FROM THE HOOSIER ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL WHO OPPOSES THE BILL.YOU CAN HEAR FROM HIM TONIGHT AT FIVE AND SIX AND YOU CAN ALSO HEAR HERSHMAN’S REBUTTAL TO OUR QUESTION REGARDING THE FUNDING HIS CAMPAIGN HAS RECEIVED FROM UTILITY COMPANIES IN RECENT PAST. REPORTING LIVE AT THE INDIANA STATEHOUSE, KAYLA SULLIVAN, NEWS 18.

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