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Indiana Senate, House panels approve `net metering’ bills

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Measures like these go a long way to decentralizing the energy grid and giving citizens and firms control over energy usage. The first step is to make the homes and businesses as efficient as possible, then install power generation facilities.

The Associated Press
Thursday, January 21, 2010; 6:51 PM

INDIANAPOLIS — A bill aimed at utility customers who install renewable power sources such as wind turbines is seriously flawed and would hurt Indiana’s renewable energy movement, clean energy advocates told a state Senate committee Thursday.

The bill would expand the number of customers who can send excess power from wind, solar and other renewable energy systems back into the electric grid – an option currently limited to schools and homeowners.

But before the Senate Utilities and Technology Committee approved the bill 8-3 and sent it to the full Senate, it endorsed changes that drew strong criticism from supporters of efforts to expand Indiana’s “net metering” rules.

Current rules allow homeowners and schools that generate up to 10 kilowatts per customer to get credit on future bills for excess power they produce. The amended bill sponsored by Sen. James Merritt, R-Indianapolis, would bar customers who generate more than 10 kilowatts from carrying over such credit on future bills.

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