Indiana Solar Bill Crafted By Utilities Sparks Outrage, Raises Costs

Large utilities and state legislators in Indiana have joined together to push for a bill that undermines state oversight of the electric utility industry and makes distributed and rooftop solar less appealing to consumers. HB 1320, proposed by state Rep. Eric Koch (R), would lower the amount of money solar customers get for selling excess power back to the grid while also allowing utilities to add a fixed monthly charge to solar users’ bills, as well as interconnection fees.

“This is clearly an attack by utilities on customers’ energy choices in an attempt to restrict the freedom of individuals to lower their power bills,” Amy Heart, Midwest spokesperson for the Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC), told ThinkProgress. Heart said that there are only about 500 solar customers in Indiana and that this is a “concerted effort to quash the industry” before it gets on its feet.

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