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Indiana Michigan Power recently announced plans for its third rate hike in 25 years. WBOI’s Ben Clemmer reports it’s part of I&M’s Building the Future proposal, which seeks to raise $263 million.

The proposed rate increase would cost consumers about $25 a month. I&M spokesperson Tracey Warner says the money would go towards infrastructure updates that are overdue.

“The energy grid is aging and I&M for example we have about 350,000 poles and about fifteen percent of those are 60 years or older.”

Indiana Coal Advocates Cheer Trump Climate Order

Mar 28, 2017

Indiana is one of 28 states suing the Environmental Protection Agency over the Clean Power Plan, which President Donald Trump began rolling back Tuesday. And Trump’s move has industry advocates cheering.

The Clean Power Plan would reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent nationwide in an effort to slow man-made climate change.

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Energy and environment issues are not playing a big role in this year’s gubernatorial campaign.

At first glance, Democratic candidate John Gregg and Republican candidate Eric Holcomb have similar views on those issues. Both would pursue an “all of the above” energy strategy—the state should use natural gas, renewable energy, and coal.


Environmental groups say they’re concerned the legislature will create a watered-down statewide energy efficiency program to replace the program eliminated earlier this year.

Lawmakers voted last session to eliminate the program known as Energizing Indiana amid concerns about its rising costs.  Governor Mike Pence pledged to bring legislators a new energy efficiency proposal in the upcoming session, one crafted by the Utility Regulatory Commission. 

Environmental and consumer advocates say they’re skeptical about whether lawmakers will take seriously a report providing a positive evaluation of the state’s now-eliminated energy efficiency program.

Last session, the legislature passed a bill eliminating the state’s energy efficiency program known as Energizing Indiana.  It also mandated the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission create a report evaluating the effectiveness of the program.

Governor Mike Pence says he will use everything at his disposal to oppose new proposed federal regulations seeking to reduce carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants.

President Obama announced Monday the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed regulations seek to reduce carbon emissions 30 percent by the year 2030.  Eighty percent of Indiana’s energy comes from coal power plants and Governor Pence says for a state so reliant on that source, the EPA’s proposal would be devastating for the Hoosier economy. 

Economic Shift Points Pence's Focus to Energy

Apr 7, 2014
Brandon Smith / Indiana Public Broadcasting

The Pence administration is developing a comprehensive energy plan that the governor says will take a balanced look at Indiana’s energy environment.

Governor Pence’s predecessor, Mitch Daniels, unveiled a strategic energy plan just eight years ago.  The goal was to meet the state’s energy needs by involving clean coal technologies, renewable energy sources and greater energy efficiency. 

Pence says the need for a new state energy plan arises from concerns about an economic shift.

Governor Mike Pence says he’s encouraged by the response he’s received from lawmakers as he  pushes for a new energy efficiency program. The program would replace Energizing Indiana, which was eliminated by legislation Pence allowed to  become law Thursday.

Legislation that made its way to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence’s desk would halt a state-run energy conservation plan. But a coalition opposing the bill is petitioning Pence for a veto.

Former Gov. Mitch Daniels created the Energizing Indiana plan in 2009 to increase the number of energy conservation programs available to rate payers throughout the state. The program also put in place mandatory energy savings benchmarks for private utility companies.

Governor Mike Pence has declared an energy emergency in Indiana as the state faces a severe propane shortage. He announced Wednesday the state will provide more support for low-income Hoosiers facing increased energy prices.

High demand, extreme winter weather and transportation issues have combined to create a severe propane shortage in Indiana. Pence says the series of steps the state is taking to address the shortage include extending an earlier proclamation easing restrictions on hours of service for propane transporters until March.