Brad Morton: Taking a Stand: Vote ‘no’ on House Bill 1320; Will you join him in taking a stand?

Posted by Laura Arnold  /   January 30, 2015  /   Posted in 2015 Indiana General Assembly, Net Metering, solar, wind  /   2 Comments

Brad Morton, President of Evansville-based Morton Solar

Taking a Stand: Vote 'no' on House Bill 1320

Posted: Jan 29, 2015 6:41 PM EST
Updated: Jan 29, 2015 6:41 PM EST

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By: Brad Morton

Solar energy prices are at an all-time low, and as utility rates continue to escalate, more Hoosiers are investing in solar and saving money by producing electricity on their rooftops.

Indiana's current laws are working, but because it cuts into utility revenues, they are out to stop the growth of solar with Indiana House Bill 1320.

HB 1320 is an over reaching piece of legislation deceptively written by utility lobbyists to gut the solar industry in Indiana.

Although the language of the bill uses terms like Consumer Protections and Electricity fairness, the bill taxes solar producers by adding monthly fees and reducing the credit for solar production, returning any cost savings for homeowners to the utility company.

HB 1320 makes solar energy cost prohibitive, giving monopoly utility companies even more of a stranglehold on Hoosiers pocket books.

We believe this bill is designed to killer Indiana's growing solar industry to eliminate any competition for the utility.

If you are considering solar for your home, or if you want to keep utilities prices in check, contact your local legislatures and tell them to vote NO on House Bill 1320

IndianaDG Editor's Note:  You can speak out against HB 1320 by visiting this website and sending a message to the members of the House Utilities Committee:

http://action.dontkillsolar.com/page/speakout/hoosiers-don-t-let-monopoly-utilities-kill-your-right-to-choose-solar-?js=false

 

2 Comments

  1. Kent Moore January 30, 2015 4:06 pm Reply

    I support solar, but the people opposing this are just being chicken little with their just say no campaign, they have no realization that changes will need to be made to accommodate solar on the grid. This “no compromise” strategy is what lost the energy savings program last session, Don’t let them lose the whole farm again.

    Support measured change, ask them to come up with a plan of their own.

    • Laura Arnold February 21, 2015 2:46 pm Reply

      Kent,

      Sorry but I am afraid you just don’t understand the dynamics and the reality of how things work at the State House.

      The answer is for the electric utilities to demonstrate with “real” facts that there is any subsidy not just make false accusations.

      There is already protection in the current net metering rule in that it is capped at 1% of the electric utilities summer peak and right now net metering is less than 0.1%.

      As Rep. Christina Hale said what’s the rush? Where’s the fire? This needs a serious discussion with real facts and data from Indiana.

      Laura

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