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Indiana’s Clean Energy Future Presentation to Regulatory Flexibility Committee Sept. 18, 2013. Sustainable Electric Generation Would…. Be affordable (including the ability to decline in cost over time) Be reliable Use and consume the least amount of water

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Indiana’s Clean Energy Future

Presentation to Regulatory Flexibility Committee

Sept. 18, 2013

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Sustainable Electric Generation Would…

  • Be affordable (including the ability to decline in cost over time)
  • Be reliable
  • Use and consume the least amount of water
  • Rely on the least polluting resources and methods
  • Effectively reduce greenhouse gases

Trinity Episcopal Church, Bloomington

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Affordability

  • Certificate of need required by statute in exchange for least-cost service
    • Utilities must review, but not implement, least-cost options
    • No agreed-upon formula
  • Health and environmental costs not taken into account
  • Automatic rate adjustment mechanisms (trackers), including CWIP, also contribute to rising costs
  • Ratepayers exposed to volatile fuel prices
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Water Availability/Quantity

  • No coordinated policy on water availability
  • 65% of Indiana’s total water use is for cooling in coal-fired power plants1
  • Coal-related water quality problems and unsafe mercury levels in fish throughout the state2

1Indiana Water Resources Research Center: http://www.iwrrc.org/

2ISDH: State of the Young Hoosier Child Environmental Health Report

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Carbon Pollution

  • Federal carbon rules coming
  • No state climate policy or plan
  • Coal-fired power plants are largest carbon dioxide contributors
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Our Clean Energy Future

  • Energy efficiency (building efficiency) as the foundation
  • Distributed power – including wind and rooftop solar, biomass and less polluting resources
  • Demand-response management
  • Storage technologies
  • The least amount of natural gas achievable, with its eventual phase-out
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Opportunities and Choice

  • Distributed renewable generation, storage, end-use energy efficiency and micro-grids
    • Competitive business opportunities that expand economic opportunity
    • Greater potential for customer choice, diversity and competition
    • Can be implemented with protections for ratepayers
policies that hold us back
Policies that Hold Us Back
  • Centralized generation of electricity
  • No mandatory renewable energy standard to encourage gradual shift toward carbon-free energy
  • Weak standards for protecting consumers in utility rate cases (CPCN, CWIP, trackers)
  • No competition or least-cost decision-making required in utility capital decisions
  • Restrictions on distributed generation (who can participate, how it’s financed)
policies we support
Policies We Support
  • Protect and improve the Commission-imposed energy efficiency requirements
  • Improve incentives for renewables and efficiency
  • Improve net metering and feed-in tariff opportunities for renewable energy
    • Expand participation
    • Allow creative financing
    • Increase energy savings opportunities for schools, local governments, universities, etc.
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Thank You

Jodi Perras

Indiana Campaign Representative

Sierra Club Beyond Coal

Jodi.perras@sierraclub.org

317-296-8395