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NPR: Major companies in Indiana, two cities ask utilities to create green tariff program

Posted by Rebecca Thiele on Dec 19, 2022

WFYI Indianapolis detailed major Indiana companies' ask to create a green tariff program, quoting Trish Demeter on the demand for renewable energy options. Read snippets below and the full article here.

Two Indiana cities and six major companies in the state want AES Indiana and Duke Energy to make it easier for them to get their power from renewables. That’s according to a letter sent Thursday from Indianapolis, Bloomington, Coca-Cola, Walmart, Salesforce, Cummins, Rivian and Roche.

They asked the two utilities to create a green tariff program. It allows utility customers that use a lot of energy to have part of their bill go towards setting up a local solar or wind farm.

Trish Demeter is a managing director with the trade group Advanced Energy Economy — which also signed on to the letter. She said unlike the renewable energy credits that invest in renewables elsewhere, green tariffs fund those projects locally.

“Local jobs, local air pollution improvements, and also just new projects that they can point to and say, ‘Those are the projects that are helping our company or our community meet our renewable energy targets,'" Demeter said...

Demeter said green tariff programs would likely have to be approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. Duke Energy couldn’t be reached in time for comment.

Last year, city officials from Bloomington, Carmel, and West Lafayette joined some Indiana lawmakers in a letter to ask Duke Energy to make a faster transition to renewable energy sources. Cities were concerned they wouldn't reach their goals to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Read the full article here.


Topics: United In The News, Indiana, Trish Demeter