Last week, more than 4,100 petitions to veto Senate Bill 3-40 were delivered to Governor Mike Pence. The bill aims to put an end to the Energizing Indiana programs, which some mall business owners, utility ratepayers, and Indiana residents don’t accept.
The petitions were collected by Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light, Sierra Club, and Citizens Action Coalition. CAC Program Organizer, Lindsay Shipps says she doesn’t understand why legislators are trying to terminate the program, given the data that suggests the programs have done well.
The Energizing Indiana programs’ objective is to lower utility costs for schools, homeowners, and institutions that require more energy power. It is also supposed to save energy and lower costs for all consumers in the state. Shipps says she believes that one reason the bill moved forward is because utilities are selling less.
Shipps say that folks have already felt rate increases especially in the Bloomington area due to Duke’s energy recent increased costs and that the program’s potential end means a rate increase for everybody in the state of Indiana.