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Companies’ Issue Proposals To Increase Energy Efficiency

Environmentalists say the energy efficiency programs could help the state meet new EPA requirements aimed at cutting carbon emissions.

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The plans the five companies submitted to the IURC aim to increase energy efficiency in the state.

Indiana’s five largest utility companies have created proposals for energy efficiency programs, even though they’re no longer required by the state to do so.

Legislation the General Assembly passed this year ends the state’s energy efficiency program known as Energizing Indiana.  But Duke Energy, Vectren, Indiana Michigan Power, Northern Indiana Public Service and Indianapolis Power and Light are still moving forward with energy efficiency options for their customers and have submitted their plans to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

Kerwin Olson, the executive director of the utility consumer advocacy group, says robust energy efficiency efforts will be “enormously important” going forward in light of new rules proposed by the federal government.

“The EPA has put an incredibly modest and flexible proposal on the table allowing the states to come up with their own plans using various means to meet those emission reduction goals,” he says.

Four of the five utility company proposals are only for one year, likely because the state is in the process of crafting a new energy efficiency program to replace Energizing Indiana.

IURC spokesperson Danielle McGrath says the governor directed her agency to come up with a proposal that looked at energy efficiency strategies outside of the previous model.

“In order to help us look at different recommendations and think about how things could be done differently, we opened up the process and tried to make it as transparent as possible,” she says.

McGrath says that includes a public comment and suggestion period that ends Monday. While there’s no specific date, she says she expects the IURC proposal to be released in the fall.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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