Democratic gubernatorial nominee John Gregg says Indiana-generated energy should be an economic development tool in ways beyond its low cost. Gregg addressed an Indiana Chamber energy conference Wednesday, a day after Republican rival Mike Pence spoke to the same group.
The two agree Indiana should emphasize the energy sources which are abundant in-state: coal, natural gas and wind. And they both note the attractiveness to business of Indiana‘s relatively low electric bills. But Gregg parts ways with Pence‘s recommendation to consider adding nuclear power to the mix.
“We‘ve got all these Indiana homegrown energies. I don‘t think you could get the permits, the regulations, the sign-offs and everything done to get a nuclear plant,” Gregg says. “I‘d have no idea how many years it would take, but I‘m pretty sure it would take more than one governor‘s term. It might take 15 to 20 years.”
Both candidates recall the Marble Hill nuclear project, which was abandoned unopened in 1984 after struggling with structural problems and cost overruns. But Pence says that project is far enough in the past that it should not shape current decisions, while Gregg says bad memories of the fiasco are still fresh for many Hoosiers. Gregg says Indiana should make an effort to lure companies which burn coal or methane directly, or which build items like wind turbines.