Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Indiana Gov. Asked to Act on Renewable Energy Rules
A state senator wants Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels to ask utility regulators to expand rules that could boost the state's renewable energy industry.
Republican Sen. James Merritt of Indianapolis asked Daniels in a letter Tuesday to direct the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to begin work to expand those rules.
Indiana lawmakers adjourned Saturday without revising the state's limited "net metering" rules that allow only schools and residential customers to get credit for excess power they generate from wind, solar and other clean sources.
Supporters want revised rules that include farms, businesses and municipalities and also boost the power cap from 10 kilowatts to multiple megawatts.
Steve Francis of the Sierra Club's Indiana chapter says expanded rules would "unleash innovation in renewable energy and remove unnecessary state restrictions on net metering."
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