Ind. lawmakers hopeful about renewable energy bill

Ind. lawmakers hopeful about renewable energy bill

Ind. lawmakers hopeful about renewable energy bill

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by Rick Callahan

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 27, 2009 at 6:07 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 27 at 8:11 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Two Indiana lawmakers say legislation that could bring more renewable energy development to the state has a good chance of passing in the upcoming legislative session.

The change would affect Indiana's so-called net-metering policy that allows some customers of investor-owned utilities to send excess power produced by wind turbines, solar panels and other renewable sources back into the electric grid.

Those customers get credit for that power on their next bill. But current policy applies only to homeowners and K-12 schools and sets a limit of 10 kilowatts per customer.

Republican Sen. James Merritt of Indianapolis and Democratic Rep. Ryan Dvorak of South Bend are both optimistic lawmakers will boost that power level and extend net-metering to businesses, industries and municipalities during their session that begins Jan. 5.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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