(This piece was originally published on March 8, 2017 in The Times Sentinel.) As if keeping up with all the hullabaloo and shenanigans in D.C. weren’t enough, Hoosiers need to keep a close eye on what our legislators are doing at the Statehouse in Indy. Many people assume that once they’ve voted, they can sit back […]

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(This piece was originally published on March 10, 2017 in The Journal Gazette.) Indiana doesn’t need to make it easier to start or expand a controlled animal feeding operation. The state has about 2,000 such farms, where cattle, hogs, sheep or poultry are raised in close quarters. If not managed carefully, the enormous amounts of waste that […]

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Or why net metering is critical to a modernized electrical grid. (This piece was originally published on February 28, 2017 in PV Magazine.) (Inovateus Solar is an HEC Green Business Partner.) Inovateus Solar has come out strongly against Indiana Senate Bill (SB) 309, which pv magazine was the first to report on in January. It has also reported […]

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(This piece was originally published on March 1, 2017 on Indiana Public Media.) The Hoosier Environmental Council estimates more than half of Indiana’s streams and rivers would no longer be protected if President Donald Trump scraps the Waters of the U.S. rule. Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that he says is “paving the way for […]

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(This piece was originally published on March 1, 2017 in NUVO.) State level This legislative session, there are three bills proposed in the House and Senate that deal with the environment. Senate Bill 309 would end net metering for Indiana homes and businesses. Net metering is when a building uses renewable energy and “sells” any extra […]

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(This piece was originally published on February 14, 2017 in the Rushville Republican.) INDIANAPOLIS – A new housing development, strip mall or business park can be a boon to any Hoosier community. With an increase in property tax revenue, new residents and workers spending money at local businesses and the opportunity to promote the city or […]

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(This piece was originally published on February 16, 2017 on WTHITV.com.) INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — A controversial solar energy bill passed through the Indiana Senate Utilities Committee Thursday. State Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Tippecanoe County) was in the hot seat as senators challenged his bill that would eventually end net metering in the state. Net metering is an […]

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(This piece was originally published on February 17, 2017 in Public News Service.) INDIANAPOLIS – A bill that environmentalists say would weaken Indiana’s laws regulating Confined Animal Feeding Operations, or CAFOs, is being discussed in committee again this week. The House Environmental Affairs Committee has taken testimony on HB 1494 by Rep. David Wolkins (R-Winona Lake). […]

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(This piece was originally published on February 8, 2017 in the Lafayette Journal & Courier.) WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Congress passed the Clean Air Act in 1963, and Liz Solberg of the League of Women Voters remembers advocating for it. She also remembers when President Richard Nixon created the Environmental Protection Agency in 1970. “I remember […]

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(This piece was originally published on January 31, 2017 in Midwest Energy News.) As dozens of states consider adopting fees and less-favorable rates to tilt the scales against net metering, advocates say a proposal in Indiana would offer rooftop solar customers the worst deal in the country. Senate Bill 309, authored by Republican Sen. Brandt Hershman, […]

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