Support Indiana’s Solar Power and Energy Efficiency Efforts
To: Governor Mike Pence and members of the 2015 Indiana General Assembly
We are Indiana clergy and faith leaders who believe that creating power through clean energy and reducing our energy needs through common sense energy efficiency standards are the most moral and most affordable way that we can care for what God has created while providing for the needs of our communities.
As the Hebrew Bible says, “To the LORD your God belong the heavens, even the highest heavens, the earth and everything in it (Deuteronomy 10:4
Some of us have helped congregations and individuals purchase solar panels so that energy can be gathered from the sun. We have seen firsthand how these efforts save money, protect creation, and even create jobs.
When it comes to energy efficiency, setting statewide goals is one of the most economical and effective ways to reduce our energy consumption and to reduce the need to build new and expensive power plants. Indiana’s now-expired Energizing Indiana program is credited with saving three dollars for every dollar invested in 2013.
We also believe Hoosiers should have the freedom to produce their own energy through wind and solar power. God has given us the wind and the sun as clean and free fuels, and the IURC’s net metering program gives Hoosiers fair credit on their utility bills for excess clean power they deliver to the grid. Indiana’s existing net metering policy helps create local jobs, reduces utility costs and builds a cleaner energy future for us all.
This is why we are asking you, our elected officials, to:
- Support statewide goals for reducing energy use through cost-effective energy efficiency programs. Goals should be set by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) and not by electric utilities who are in the business of selling electricity.
- Require the IURC to publish an annual public report card that will grade utilities on how well they have identified and achieved cost-effective energy efficiency opportunities and how much money ratepayers have saved through energy efficiency programs.[JP1]
-Reject House Bill 1320 and its counterparts. Support solar jobs and energy choice by defending the rights of rooftop solar owners to get fair credit for extra electricity they send into the power grid to help power their neighbors. We need you to defend the rights of current and future rooftop solar owners from attacks.