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Indiana To Create New Energy Plan As Electricity Costs Rise

Officials from the Office of Energy Development say they plan to submit energy policy recommendations to the governor in June.

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Photo: Alan Berning (flickr)

Power plant in Evansville, Indiana.

Indiana is working to create a new comprehensive energy plan.

The Office of Energy Development will submit the plan and its energy policy recommendations to the governor in June.

Indiana’s current energy plan was created in 2006 and since then, the state’s electricity costs have dropped from fifth lowest in the nation to 27th.

Governor Mike Pence says he wants a new Indiana energy plan based on three principles.

  1. Utilizing all of the state’s energy sources
  2. Providing more options for energy customers
  3. Exploring ways to commercialize new energy technologies

Office of Energy Development Director Tristan Vance says the state wants to get the public involved.

“Which would possibly include some town hall-style meetings as well as maybe some web-based solutions for people to provide input,” he says.

Vance says his office is reaching out to a range of stakeholders including utility companies, economic development organizations and environmental groups such as the Sierra Club.

Jodi Perras, the Indiana representative for the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, says her group and the state have had good conversations about the plan but that the state needs to make sure its a transparent process.

“Right now they’re meeting privately with lots of different people and that’s not a very good, open, public process,” she says. “We would like to see everyone in a room, talking together.”

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS 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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