Clean Energy

Indiana has the potential to be a clean energy leader in the U.S.– creating jobs in renewable energy & energy efficiency, while reducing our state’s significant carbon footprint.

We’ve experienced significant progress on both fronts.  Indiana has nearly 48,000 jobs in clean energy (Clean Energy Trust, 2017).   Indiana’s dependency on coal for its electricity — the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. — has gone down from 85.5% to 67.9% in just eight years (IURC, 2016).

That said, Indiana trails fellow Industrial Midwest states, on a per capita basis, in terms of clean energy jobs (based on an HEC analysis of Clean Energy Trust data) and ranks #1 in the Industrial Midwest in terms of carbon emissions per capita (EIA, 2015).

HEC supports, and actively advocates for, public policies that facilitate investment in utility-scale renewable energy, customer-owned renewable energy, and energy efficiency.  Dedicated public policy in these areas, with an eye towards stabilizing and reducing energy bills for Hoosiers, would enable Indiana to be a better magnet for clean energy jobs and improve our state’s public health standing as well.

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