The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Breaking News

March 28, 2014

Pence allows Indiana energy program to die

-- — INDIANAPOLIS - Gov. Mike Pence will allow Indiana's fledging statewide energy-efficiency program to end, saying Thursday night he will propose an alternative program for lawmakers to consider next year.

The Republican governor said he would allow a bill ending the Energizing Indiana program to become law without his signature because he wasn't entirely satisfied with the current program, but also disappointed that lawmakers killed it without offering a replacement.

"I could not sign this bill because it does away with a worthwhile energy efficiency program. I could not veto this bill because doing so would increase the cost of utilities for Hoosier ratepayers and make Indiana less competitive by denying relief to large electricity consumers," Pence said in a written statement.

Pence said he was directing the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to immediately begin developing recommendations for a new energy-efficiency program that would include an opt-out for large electricity consumers. He said he would bring such legislation to the General Assembly in 2015.

Environmentalists, consumer groups and companies that make energy-saving products had urged Pence to veto the measure, saying it would end the program just as it was seeing successes in helping homeowners and businesses cut their electricity use.

Kerwin Olson, executive director of the consumer watchdog Citizens Action Coalition, issued a statement saying Pence's lack of action "will lead to hundreds of millions of dollars in unnecessary rate increases in the coming years" because of growing demand for electricity.

Jodi Perras, the Indiana representative for Sierra Club' Beyond Coal Campaign, said the decision "makes Indiana the first state in the nation to roll back its energy savings goals" and that the program had created jobs, reduced energy costs and made homes and businesses more energy efficient."

Text Only
Breaking News
Featured Ads
More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Helium debate
Helium
Front page
Poll

Do you think school is starting too early?

Yes, it shouldn't start until after Labor Day.
Yes, it shouldn't start for another week or so.
No, it's about right.
Not sure.
     View Results