People of faith in Indianapolis are fighting for clean and affordable energy.

 Unfortunately, Indianapolis Power & Light is more concerned about profiteering than the poverty and pollution that the public utility helps create.

IPL is currently asking the IURC for permission to raise their annual operating revenues by $95 million, which will significantly increase monthly bills for congregations and residents. 

Please sign this open letter, which will be submitted to Bill Fine at the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor. Indianapolis Power & Light, the Indianapolis City Council, and Mayor Joe Hogsett will be cc'ed.


 

Dear Mr. Fine,

We, clergy and faith leaders, ask you to oppose Indianapolis Power & Light’s (IPL) fixed fee increase request in Cause Number 45029.

Dear Mr. Fine,

During his first official mass as Pope in 2013, Pope Francis preached:

Please, I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be “protectors” of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment. -Pope Francis, 2013  

We believe that IPL, as a regulated utility monopoly in Indiana, and charged with serving the public interest, should act as protectors of our community. To do so, we believe that the electricity we use in Indianapolis and across Indiana should be affordable and generated by wind and solar.  

IPL’s current rate hike request fails to protect Indianapolis area families who are already struggling to pay high electricity bills. IPL’s monthly bills have already increased 45% during the last decade for the average customer, even though incomes in Indianapolis declined by 8%.  

Meanwhile, IPL continues to fail to protect the environment and by asking customers to bail out the super-polluting Petersburg Generating Station, a coal-burning power plant that is hurting the planet and Hoosier health. Research even shows that phasing out, not bailing out, Petersburg could save customers over eighty million dollars while protecting public health and protecting against further environmental devastation.

To act as protectors of our community, IPL should take immediate action against poverty and pollution; problems that IPL helped create--but could also help solve.  IPL should create programs and policies that set affordable rates for low-income customers. Every IPL customer should live in safety and dignity, without fear of utility shutoffs. As a summary of the NAACP Lights Out in the Cold report states, ‘humans have a right to safe, affordable, sustainable power. [Utilities]… should ensure access to electricity for all people.” IPL also should begin to phase out Petersburg and move Indianapolis towards 100% renewable energy.

Sincerely,

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