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Citizens Action Coalition Urges Calls to State Legislators on Renewable Energy April 13, 2009

Posted by Laura Arnold in Uncategorized.
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We received this Action Alert from Citizens Action Coalition and wanted to share their views on pending renewable energy legislation with you. We also recommend entering your zipcode + 4 at www.votesmart.org to obtain information on your elected officials.

Please note that both SB 300 and SB 420 were recently amended substantially in the House Commerce, Energy, Technology and Utilities Committee. SB 300 was amended to add revised provisions from HB 1347 and HB 1349 introduced by Rep. Ryan Dvorak (D-South Bend). SB 420 was amended with revised language from HB 1305 introduced by Rep. Dale Grubb (D-Covington). Also HB 1360 was amended in the Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee and it now contains substantially the language of SB 300, SB 201 and SB 420 as these bills passed the Senate on third reading during the first half of the session. Therefore, we urge that you review the new language in each of these bills.

Are you confused now? You should be confused and it is likely your state legislators will be confused, too. Therefore, craft your message carefully. It is unclear at this point which one of these bills will become the vehicle for a renewable energy Conference Committee during the last two weeks of the session. PLEASE STAY TUNED!

There are 3 different energy bills moving at the Statehouse dealing with the issue of renewable energy that require your immediate attention:

Tell your State Representative to SUPPORT SB 300 and to OPPOSE SB 420!!!

House Switchboard: (800) 382-9842

Click here for the direct office phone numbers and e-mail addresses of the Indiana State Representatives.

Tell your State Senator to OPPOSE HB 1360!!!

Senate Switchboard: (800) 382-9467

Click here for the direct office phone numbers and e-mail addresses of the Indiana State Senators.

Click here to look up your State Senator and Representative.

If you call the direct office numbers of your State Senator and Representative, you will get the voicemail of their Legislative Assistants, and you can leave a message at anytime. If you call the Switchboard numbers, you will have to call between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday.

SB 300 will require investor owned utilities to get 15% of their electricity from renewable resources by 2025 and will expand Indiana’s net metering rule to allow all customers to generate up to 1 megawatt of electricity and sell the excess power back to the utility. SB 300 will be voted on in the House on Monday April 13th. A clean renewable energy standard and updated net metering rule will generate thousands of new jobs for our State, save ratepayers money, and vastly improve the quality of our environment and public health.

Please contact your State Representative today and urge him/her to SUPPORT SB 300!

SB 420 is a renewable energy standard that defines coal as a renewable resource. The definition also includes waste to energy which will allow the incineration of tires to qualify as a renewable resource. SB 420 also forces us as utility customers to pay for utility infrastructure to ethanol and bio-diesel facilities. Please contact your State Representative today and urge him/her to OPPOSE SB 420! Remind him/her that there is nothing clean or renewable about coal and that we should not be expected to subsidize ethanol plants! Urge them to VOTE NO on any renewable energy standard that includes coal as a renewable resource. Please contact your State Representative today as SB 420 will be voted on in the House early next week!

HB 1360 is an atrocious bill that must be stopped. This bill includes coal, coal bed methane, and nuclear power in the definition of renewable energy, and will also allow the incineration of tires to qualify as a renewable resource. HB 1360 also forces us as utility customers to pay for utility infrastructure to ethanol and biodiesel plants, and would allow investor owned utilities to raise rates automatically with no regulatory oversight. But HB 1360 goes even further, by attempting to add new nuclear reactors to the Construction Work in Progress, or CWIP, statute. CWIP forces us as Indiana ratepayers to pay for the construction of unnecessary and enormously expensive power plants before those plants are producing a single drop of electricity. Wall Street is refusing to finance these plants, so this will boost utility profit margins at our expense. Please contact your State Senator today and urge him/her to OPPOSE HB 1360. Remind him/her that there is nothing clean or renewable about coal or nuclear power. Remind him/her that consumers are the ones that need protection, not utility companies with a captive ratebase, a monopoly service territory, and guaranteed profit. Please call your State Senator today as HB 1360 will be voted on the Senate early next week!

For more information about these bills, visit our website: www.citact.org

Thank you for your continued support of CAC’s efforts to protect Indiana consumers, Indiana’s environment, and the health of all Hoosiers.

Sincerely,
Kerwin Olson
Program Director
Citizens Action Coalition
www.citact.org

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