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Legislator Introduces Green Jobs Plan

Senator Sue Errington of Muncie says she’s introducing legislation dubbed the Green Jobs Development Act that seeks to create jobs by implementing tougher renewable energy standards and updating commercial building codes. The package of bills includes a renewable electricity standard requiring utility companies to offer a portion of the electricity they sell from renewable energy sources. The plan also calls for net metering regulations, allowing homeowners who generate their own electricity to get credit on their bills when they send power pack to the electric grid. Errington says the green jobs act also includes a bill that would update standards for constructing new commercial buildings, to make them more energy efficient.

“It signals that you’re serious about renewable energy. And it signals that to manufacturers of wind turbines and other kinds of renewables and those are the kinds of jobs of the future.”

Errington says the energy efficiency building code bill has been assigned to the Senate Energy and Environmental Affairs Committee. The renewable energy standard and net metering legislation is headed to the Senate Utilities and Technology Committee.


Renewable Energy Bill Fails in Statehouse Committee

A bill that would require Indiana electricity suppliers to get 10 percent of their power from renewable energy  failed to pass the House Commerce, Energy and Utilities Committee Thursday. John Bartholomew reports.

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Lawmakers Consider Renewable Energy Plan

Today a statehouse committee considered a plan to require electric utilities to get a portion of their power from renewable energy.  Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Colleen Iudice reports. 

Lawmakers to Hear Renewable Energy Plan

Indiana’s House Commerce, Energy and Utilities Committee Chairman David Crooks says he’s put forth a bill that would require the state’s utility providers to get ten percent of their electric energy from renewable resources.  Under the Renewable Electricity Standard, or R-E-S, utilities would get that renewable energy from sources like wind, solar energy or landfill gas by the year twenty eighteen.  Chairman Crooks admits the legislation is a tough sell in a state with heavy reliance on coal.

According to Jesse Kharbanda with the Hoosier Environmental Council, twenty six states, including Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin already have R-E-S standards.  The House Commerce, Energy and Utilities Committee plans to hear the R-E-S bill January seventeenth.