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CCAGW Sends Letter to Indiana's 21st Century Energy Policy Development Task Force

State Action

September 7, 2021

Sen. Eric Koch, Senate Co-Chair
Rep. Edmond Soliday, House Co-Chair
21st Century Energy Policy Development Task Force
200 West Washington Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Dear Chair Koch and Chair Soliday,

On behalf of the 37,185 members and supporters of the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste in the state of Indiana, I encourage you to continue to support net metering reforms like those that were included in Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) No. 309, which was signed into law by Governor Eric Holcomb on May 2, 2017.  This law has created a more even playing field for all utility consumers.

Since the implementation of net metering programs, there has been an uneven playing field with wealthy solar customers being subsidized by lower-income homeowners and renters that rely on conventional forms of electricity.  Solar customers can significantly reduce their electricity bills with the current net metering credits, while also paying less back into the system for the grid’s maintenance.  Recognizing the unfairness of this situation, SEA No. 309 phased out the current net metering program and replaced it with a modernized program that will minimize the burden for non-solar customers with higher energy costs.

In addition, SEA No. 309 provided a stay on the current net metering tariff structure in the short term, which has allowed new and existing solar customers to receive the full retail tariff until the phase out is complete.  However, if a utility does not believe that this rate sufficiently covers grid costs, it may petition the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to request a change.  This check and balance provides certainty to the grid’s use, and maintenance of the grid infrastructure will be fairly paid by all energy consumers.

It is imperative that net metering policies in Indiana continue to be updated so that everyone who utilizes the grid helps support its maintenance and future investments.  SEA No. 309 helped move Indiana toward a more equitable net metering program that is fair for all electricity consumers, and on behalf of Indiana consumers and taxpayers, I urge you to continue to support equitable energy policies like those included in SEA No. 309.

Sincerely, 

Tom Schatz
President
CCAGW

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