Authored by Rep. Cindy Ledbetter (R-Boonville), HB 1382 would delay coal plants closures and limit any replacement energy generation sources to only natural gas, coal, nuclear, and any other “on-demand” energy sources. Besides adding an unnecessary burden to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC), this bill encourages our public utilities to keep their current energy generation sources running as long as possible which are majority fossil fuels. Additionally, this bill includes language that significantly limits Indiana’s ability to benefit from federal clean energy funds including funds from the Climate Pollution Reduction Grant Program (CPRG). Overall, HB 1382 favors fossil fuels and would significantly impact Indiana’s transition to clean renewable energy.
Update (as of 2/2):
HB 1382 did not receive a hearing in the House Utilities Committee ahead of the committee report deadline, meaning it does not advance to the full House. While this is positive, we remain watchful of this language re-emerging this Session.