24 Feb '14, 11pm

ACEEE | Fast-Tracked Opt-Out Legislation Would Derail Indiana’s Successful Energy Efficiency...

ACEEE | Fast-Tracked Opt-Out Legislation Would Derail Indiana’s Successful Energy Efficiency...

Proposed legislation in Indiana (SB 340) would devastate the state’s very promising energy efficiency programs, which were created under order of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) in 2009. SB 340 would allow any customer of 1 MW demand or greater to immediately “opt out” of paying any rate charges to support energy efficiency programs. This would not only exclude industrial customers (which account for 47% of the load in Indiana), but many large commercial and institutional customers as well. Essentially, this bill would take over half the state’s load (and many of the most cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities) “off the table” for providing utility system energy efficiency resources in Indiana. This attack comes as a surprise because the current programs are actually working quite well. Indiana recently achieved full-scale implementation of the sta...

Full article: http://aceee.org/blog/2014/02/fast-tracked-opt-out-legisl...

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