The Senate has given final approval to a bill requiring utilities to submit conservation plans to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission every three years.
The proposed energy efficiency alternative would allow utility companies to establish their own goals for energy savings.
Energizing Indiana aimed to reduce the state’s energy consumption by about 12 percent over ten years. Does a proposed replacement go far enough?
The new proposal would provide flexible energy efficiency goals for utility companies.
Indiana's energy efficiency program is being eliminated, so lawmakers need to decide on an alternative next year.
Legislators say the state needs a new energy program that is 'pro-ratepayer.'
The report says Indiana’s energy efficiency programs provide a benefit to the state, and will continue to do so in the next several years.
Energizing Indiana provided about $3 in savings for every one dollar spent, before it was eliminated earlier this year.
Officials are drafting a new energy plan that will replace the Energizing Indiana program.
Environmentalists say the energy efficiency programs could help the state meet new EPA requirements aimed at cutting carbon emissions.