Indiana has the potential to be a sustainable energy leader in the U.S. — creating jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency, while reducing our state’s significant carbon footprint.
We’ve experienced significant progress on both fronts. Indiana has nearly 84,000 jobs in clean energy (Clean Energy Trust, 2018). Indiana’s dependency on coal for its electricity — the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. — has gone down from 77.7% to 47.3% in just nine years (IURC, 2021).
That said, Indiana trails fellow Industrial Midwest states on a variety of state sustainable energy public policies and has ranked #1 in the Industrial Midwest in terms of carbon emissions per capita (EIA, 2016).
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. In that vein, HEC is urging the 21st Century Energy Policy Development Task Force to provide serious consideration of energy efficiency, solar energy, and sustainable forms of combined heat and power as they begin their multi-month process of forming recommendations for Indiana’s energy policy future.read more »