What is happening
When homes and businesses produce their own solar energy, everyone benefits. Clean energy locally generated from the sun helps to strengthen the energy system and lower overall costs. It reduces air and water pollution. And it also creates good paying local jobs in the fastest growing sector of the renewable energy economy.
Solar owners deserve fair credit for the electricity they generate. This right is central to our ability to go solar. This fair credit is under attack.
Indiana’s legislature passed a bill (SEA 309) in 2017 that robs solar owners of this fair credit by phasing out net metering. Net metering is the system we use to credit solar owners for the electricity their systems generate.
Indiana’s monopoly utilities are using this law to short-change solar owners. Earlier this year, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) issued an order that allows CenterPoint (formerly Vectren) to end net metering for new solar customers and replace it with a new program that makes rooftop solar unattainable for too many customers. CenterPoint is an electric utility with more than 140,000 customers in Southwest Indiana.
Indiana’s other investor-owned utilities — AES Indiana (formerly IPL), Duke Indiana, I&M, and NIPSCO — closely followed the CenterPoint ruling. They have similar plans to end net metering for new solar customers. These new programs would take effect by July 2022, and possibly sooner for some utilities.
Ending net metering for new solar customers could kill the market for customer-owned solar in Indiana. We would lose out on the economic, environmental, and health benefits rooftop solar brings.
State law threatens solar growth. Urge your legislators to act before this happens.
- Watch a 2020 webinar featuring Indiana Program Director Zach Schalk, Ben Inskeep from EQ Research, and Jacki Walburn from Solarize Indiana discussing a pro-solar agenda for Indiana.
- Watch two retiring Indiana lawmakers, Rep. Ron Bacon (R-Chandler) and Sen. Mark Stoops (D-Bloomington), discuss CenterPoint’s case to end net metering and the 21st Century Energy Policy Development Task Force during a 2020 webinar.
- Read a statement from SUN, Citizens Action Coalition, Environmental Law & Policy Center, and Vote Solar denouncing the IURC’s order.
- Read the full text of the IURC’s order (Cause Number 45378)
- Read more about how rooftop solar benefits everyone—not just solar owners.
Tell Indiana lawmakers to act
- Contact your legislators today.
- Urge them to support pro-solar policies that build a solid bridge to a distributed solar future for Indiana.
- If you have solar, tell them how it has benefited you and your family.
- If you don’t yet have solar, tell your legislators you oppose this attack on your ability to go solar.