Pence Administration To Develop New Energy Conservation Plan

After lawmakers eliminated the Energizing Indiana program, Governor Mike Pence says the state needs to rethink its energy strategy.

Duke Energy Gibson Plant

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Duke Energy Gibson Plant in Gibson County, Indiana.

The Pence administration is developing a comprehensive energy plan that the governor says will take a balanced look at Indiana’s energy environment.

Governor Pence’s predecessor, Mitch Daniels, unveiled a strategic energy plan just eight years ago.  The  goal was to meet the state’s energy needs by involving clean coal technologies, renewable energy sources and greater energy efficiency.

Pence says the need for a new state energy plan arises from concerns about an economic shift.

“Low cost energy is a selling point for Indiana,” Pence said. “We’ve lost some ground on that in recent years and I thought it was extremely important that we bring together thought leaders and stakeholders from around the state and rethink our overall energy strategy.”

Those stakeholders include groups such as the Sierra Club.

Sierra Club spokesperson Jodi Perras says a key to the energy plan will be producing meaningful practical programs such as what she calls a “solar schools” initiative.

“Schools are struggling for money – schools and universities and municipalities,” Perras said. “Why not establish policies and programs to help them put solar on their rooftops or on their properties?”

The preliminary draft of the new energy plan is due in June, with a final version in October.

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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