Media Advisory: Indiana Clergy and Faith Leaders to Urge Indiana Governor to Veto solar-killing Senate Bill 309. Indiana’s Growing Renewable Energy Economy is at Stake

Despite widespread opposition across the state, Indiana Senate Bill 309 is headed to Governor Eric Holcomb’s desk to be signed into law or be vetoed. This legislation will end solar incentives in Indiana, placing our state further behind when it comes to creating clean energy jobs, protecting our sacred Earth, and giving Hoosiers more energy freedom and choice. Congregations and faith leaders across Indiana have begun to embrace solar power, allowing people of faith to free up more resources for ministry while using pollution-free energy.

What:

Press conference and petition delivery by Indiana Faith Leaders asking Governor Holcomb to Veto SB 309

Who:

Rev. Mike Bowling, Englewood Christian Church

Rev. Dr. Phil Amerson, United Methodist Pastor

Mike Oles III, Hoosier Interfaith Power & Light

Dori Chandler, Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation

When:

Tuesday, April 18 at 11:30 a.m.

Where:

Second Floor, Indiana State House Rotunda, near Governor’s office

Why:

Indiana’s rooftop solar industry is at stake. Congregations are using solar power to power their buildings, care for God’s creation and save money for their missions. Faith leaders want net metering to be preserved and Indiana’s solar transformation to continue. Faith leaders will deliver 2,000 petitions from people of faith asking Gov. Holcomb to veto SB 309.

For more information, contact MIke Oles, 317-281-0568

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On Wednesday, March 22, hundreds of people showed up and dozens of Hoosiers testified against SB 309 at the Indiana House Utilities Committee Meeting. The blog is testimony from H-IPL supporter Jane Martin, who had to leave the hearing before her testimony could be given. Picture: State Rep. David Ober (R-Albion), chair of the House Utilities committee, overlooks large crowd at SB 309 hearing. 


 

I’ve spent my entire career financing and encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship. 

SB309 kills the incentives for one of Indiana’s newest, fastest growth industries – Solar.  Grandfathering existing systems helps but five years from now solar producers will be sending power to the grid for 4.375 cents/kw and paying 11.5 cents – quite a profit margin guarantee for Duke,etc.! 

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A Powerful Night for Clean Energy in Fort Wayne: Hundreds Demand that Indiana-Michigan Power Retire the Rockport Coal Plant

 WANE TV said it best, "Hundreds reject [Indiana-Michigan Power] I&M’s pollution plan for Rockport Plant."

The Fort Wayne Journal Gazette called it a "Turning Tide: I&M learning depth of clean-energy support."

On Tuesday, February 21, 2017, state regulators took public comment about I&M's plan to raise rates to begin required upgrades to the Rockport Generating Station, one of the country's largest toxic super-polluters.

This coal plant is a threat to Indiana's economy, public health, and the wellbeing of our planet and creation. 

The huge crowd included leaders and clergy from congregations across east and north Indiana. 

I&M has filed plans with the State of Indiana to spend more than $3 billion to retrofit and keep burning coal at AEP-Rockport until 2035 and beyond, plus I&M must spend billions more to buy the out-of-state coal that powers the plant.

I&M so far has rejected a lower-cost plan that would both phase out half the plant by 2022 and create investments instead in cleaner energy that could include locally based solar, wind and energy efficiency.

Photos from The Rockport Hearing:

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Isaiah's Earthly Hopes

Here is a repost of Trisha Tull's October 2016 column for Working Preacher, an online lectionary resource for Christian pastors.

When religious leaders asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come -- when Judea could exchange violent Roman rule for benevolent divine rule -- he replied, “The kingdom of God is not coming with things that can be observed; nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There it is!’ For, in fact, the kingdom of God is among you” (Luke 17:20-21).

In other words, God reigns not just in the imagination’s brighter hope, but in the messy reality now, here, where we can actually make choices and carry them out. Though Jesus never seemed satisfied that his listeners were getting it, he frequently presented God’s reign as fully manifest on earth, even in an occupied nation, even in troubled days.

So why do Christians so quickly discard the gifts we have and long for something else?

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Reading Scripture with Creation

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Happy 70th birthday to UCC pastor Rev. Dick Clough (He celebrated and then warned us about climate change.)

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New Solar Grant Awarded to Four Indiana Churches

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Hoosier IPL has been awarded another Community Conservation Challenge Grant from the Indiana Office of Energy Development to help four Indiana congregations obtain solar panels.

 

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Giving Tuesday

December 1st is #GivingTuesday

This #GivingTuesday, give to build Indiana’s creation care movement!

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Upcoming in Indy: Service of Prayer and Song for Paris Climate Talks on November 29

Service of Prayer and Song for the United Nations Conference on Climate Change
November 29, 2015, 6pm–7pm

North United Methodist Church

3808 N. Meridian St, Indianapolis. Free Event

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West Lafayette: Citizens Climate Lobby Starting Up

You're invited to launch the
Lafayette/ West Lafayette chapter
of the Citizen's Climate Lobby.
There will be a short presentation on CCL's work on national legislation on climate change, followed by a discussion. Pizza and drinks will be provided.

Wednesday, December 2 | 5:30–7:30

West Lafayette Public Library
208 West Columbia | West Lafayette | 47904

In the quiet room on the second floor.
Please RSVP to Liam Fitzgerald at imlefitz@gmail.com or 206-290-0873.

 

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