Town Hall Scheduled to Discuss the Future of Indiana Energy

Published 04/01 2014 02:40PM

Updated 04/01 2014 02:45PM

The Southern Indiana Democracy for America Town Hall will be discussing the future of energy.

The Town Hall is concerned with viability, efficiency, and the environmental impact of coal and  nuclear power.

Last Friday, Governor Mike Pence announced that he would not veto a bill that would halt Indiana's State Energy Efficiency program. This program which is less than two years old, was aimed to save consumers money and save utility companies the need to build new power plants.

But, he wants to change the program by allowing an "opt-out" for the state's largest energy consumers.

Earlier this year, the Chairman of the Senate Utility Committee introduced a bill that encourages nuclear energy in Indiana.

This is the same bill that remained quiet about cost overruns from the construction of the new Duke Edwardsport coal plant. Costs went from an estimated $1.2 billion in 2006, to more than $3.5 billion. Most of the increased cost requires consumers to make up the difference.

Currently, Governor Mike Pence is preparing a new "all of the above" energy development plan.
This plan has had little input from consumers and alternative energy companies.

The Town Hall is Wednesday,  April 2 at 7:00 p.m. in the Browning Room A of the Evansville Central Library

The Town Hall meets every month and is open to the public.

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