Indiana H-IPL Advocacy Initiatives
2019 H-IPL Endorsed Public Policy Positions and Advocacy Initiatives
Indiana Advocacy Initiatives
- Joined coalition partners at the first annual Indiana Statehouse “Renewable Energy Day,” Wednesday, March 6th, 2019.
- Participating with Energy Foundation-led coalition to develop an Indiana strategic advocacy plan for 2018 and 2019.
- Initiating organizing actions to urge closure of the Indianapolis Power and Light’s coal-fired, Petersburg Generating Station and Indiana-Michigan Power’s Rockport Generating Station.
- Oppose a Coal-to-Diesel plant proposal in Southern Indiana. On July 9, 2018, the H-IPL Board endorsed the movement “No C2D.”
- Oppose Vectren’s proposed gas plant in Evansville.
- Successfully opposed the Indianapolis Power and Light proposed rate hike in 2018.
- Opposed Indiana Michigan Power rate hike in 2018.
Indiana Legislation and Regulation
H-IPL supports bipartisan solar energy legislation at the Indiana Statehouse. In the 2019 legislative session we closely followed two pro-solar bills:
HB 1331: Would have reduced the regulatory burden on potential solar panel owners who reside in homeowner association areas. This video gives a great overview of the bill.
Status of HB 1331: Bill died in committee during the legislative session. Contact your State Representative to encourage him or her to co-sponsor a similar bill in the next legislative session.
SB 430: Would have restored “net metering,” a pro-solar incentive which is currently in the process of being phased out by a very controversial 2017 law.
Indiana Residential Building Code: Since 40% of the energy generated in the US is consumed by residential, commercial and institutional buildings, it makes sense to make new buildings, most of which will last for at least 50 years, as energy efficient as possible. Decreasing energy usage in buildings also helps to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and reduces global warming. Indiana is in the process of updating its residential building code, and one chapter (chapter 11) is devoted to energy efficiency. Adopting this code will bring Indiana’s energy efficiency requirements for new construction up to 2018 standards (we are currently using outdated code requirements from 2009).
- Net Metering: Supporting state legislation to repeal the net metering legislation passed in 2017.
- Mandatory Renewable Portfolio (RPS) for Indiana: Many states have set mandatory RPS’s that establish caps or goal for utilities to provide a minimum amount of renewable energy. RPS’s are regulatory mandates to increase the production of energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar, biomass and other alternatives to fossil and nuclear electric generation. They are also known as renewable electricity standards.
- Carbon Fee and Dividend Bill: In 2017 the H-IPL Board endorsed the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL) crafted federal Carbon Fee and Dividend bill. This bill was introduced in the house as the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act of 2018 and reintroduced in 2019 legislative session. The bill is supported by leaders from many different faith groups and denominations. You can endorse this bill on behalf of yourself or your congregation!
- Congressional Climate Solutions Caucus: On July 9, 2018, the H-IPL board endorsed the U.S. House of Representatives Climate Solutions Caucus initiative as developed by CCL and supported by the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL). House Caucuses are comprised of members of Congress with an interest in specific issues. The CCL founded the Climate Solutions Caucus in 2016. It is designed to sign up two House members at a time, one Democrat and one Republican, to assure bipartisan balance and policy options. The caucus has already been active on several issues 1) assuring that the Pentagon will consider climate change science and projections in its national security planning, 2) supported the “Health Climate and Family Security Act of 2018, and 3) supported the “Challenges and Prizes for Climate Act of 2018” to spur innovation in areas needed to combat climate change. In the 115th congress there were 90 members of the caucus.