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Article origination IPBS-RJC Two lawmakers failed to assign the so-called "net-metering" bill for further study Thursday. It is now cleared for consideration by the full Senate. Under current rules, Hoosiers who generate energy, like those with rooftop solar panels, can sell any excess energy back to utilities at a retail rate.
Photo: Peter Balloon-Rosen/IPBS Coming up on Indiana Newsdesk: We're at the half way point of the session. We'll run through where important bills stand in the legislature. One measure that will reduce how much money people get paid for selling power back to utility companies passed the Senate stirring a lot of controversy.
Did you know Indiana has experienced impressive growth in solar power recently? Hoosiers are cutting their electric bills, adding jobs and breathing cleaner air thanks to solar. Unfortunately, this could be changed by Senate Bill 309, heard by the Senate Utilities Committee last Thursday.
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Senate Bill 309 aims to end a utility credit while also growing renewable energy. Utility companies call the credit unfair. Advocates argue it's fixing a problem that doesn't exist.
As dozens of states consider adopting fees and less-favorable rates to tilt the scales against net metering, advocates say a proposal in Indiana would offer rooftop solar customers the worst deal in the country. Senate Bill 309, authored by Republican Sen. Brandt Hershman, would end net metering by 2027 at the latest, and earlier than [...]
When Ryan Zaricki climbs a ladder to install rooftop solar panels on a customer's house, he sees more than shingles and gutters. He sees a fast-growing industry providing jobs to Hoosiers and nudging Indiana further into the clean-energy movement.
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Indiana is in the midst of passing SB 309 - a bill that would significantly reduce state solar incentives and create an exclusive rate class for solar users. It cleared the Senate Committee last week and now the state's solar supporters are voicing their disdain.