Landmark Agreement Will Increase Renewable Energy Use in Northern Indiana
April 19, 2011
In a victory for clean energy in Indiana, Sierra Club and its allies have reached an agreement with Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) that will greatly expand the use of renewable energy sources in the state.
The agreement establishes policies that encourage the creation of small-scale, distributed generation renewable energy facilities in northern Indiana. Under the agreement, NIPSCO, which serves approximately 2.2 million people, will vastly improve its net metering program and will develop a pilot feed-in tariff program, the first in northern Indiana. Both programs will encourage greater investment in local renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydropower, as they will provide avenues for NIPSCO customers that generate renewble energy on their property to sell excess energy to the grid and save money on their utility bills.
The settlement resolves an Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission proceeding regarding the net metering and feed-in tariffs, and represents a huge step forward in the effort to promote and advance renewable energy use in the state.
The parties to the agreement are Sierra Club, Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana, Indiana Distributed Energy Advocates, Bio Town Ag, Inc., the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, and NIPSCO.
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NIPSCO energy plan expected to kick off solar, wind development
April 19, 2011 by Keith Benman, BusINess
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