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Indiana Capital Chronicle: Indiana Needs Affordable, Reliable, Renewable Energy to Attract the 21st Century Gold Rush

Posted by Caryl Auslander on May 15, 2024

In an opinion piece featured in Indiana Capitol Chronicle, United's Caryl Auslander writes that Indiana is at a crossroads: to power the state with forward-looking advanced energy technologies or cling to inefficient, costly coal.

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Topics: State Policy, United In The News, Indiana

Indiana to Incorporate Total Cost of Ownership Analysis when Purchasing New State Vehicles

Posted by Rory Coleman on Mar 14, 2024

The newly passed law, HEA 1194, is predicted to save millions of taxpayer dollars by factoring lifetime operating costs into state vehicle purchases

INDIANAPOLIS – Governor Holcomb signed into law yesterday a bill requiring the Indiana Department of Administration to apply a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) analysis when purchasing new light-duty vehicles for their state fleet. TCO considers differences in the average cost of fueling and maintaining vehicles, allowing the state to generate significant savings over the lifespan of a vehicle compared to vehicle purchases based on sticker price alone.

Indiana joins states like Nevada and Virginia in applying this good governance measure, which a report last year from national business association Advanced Energy United found could save Indiana $62.4 million over 15 years.

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Topics: Press Releases, Indiana, Electric Vehicles, Trish Demeter

Indianapolis Business Journal: Indiana Should Not Stifle Energy Innovation

Posted by Trish Demeter on Dec 1, 2023

In a letter to the editor of the Indianapolis Business Journal, United's Trish Demeter writes that the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission should consider the more reliable, cleaner, and more affordable advanced energy alternatives to coal for the best interest of Indiana consumers.

We have the technologies today to deliver reliable, clean, homegrown energy for Indiana while saving Hoosiers billions of dollars. The “solutions” proposed by Mr. Robert Turner in his Viewpoint on Nov. 24 [“As winter nears, state must protect reliable coal energy”] would be a barrier to truly reliable, affordable energy in Indiana.

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Topics: United In The News, Indiana, Trish Demeter

E&E News: Midwest taps dueling strategies to supercharge renewables

Posted by Jeffrey Tomich on Sep 18, 2023

E&E News compares how neighboring states Illinois and Indiana have addressed the growth of renewables, quoting Indiana state lead Caryl Auslander on the findings of a new poll from Advanced Energy United showing support more renewables in Indiana's energy mix and rules to make projects easier to build.

Illinois and Indiana are separated by more than a state line, time zones and which political party dominates state government.

The Midwest neighbors have also taken opposite tacks to enable more renewable energy development.

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Topics: United In The News, Indiana, Caryl Auslander

Hoosiers Support Renewable Energy in State Portfolio, Streamlining Rules for Building Wind and Solar Projects

Posted by Rory Coleman on Aug 15, 2023

Poll finds bipartisan support for added incentives behind state standard for clean energy zoning and permitting

INDIANAPOLIS, August 15, 2023 – A new statewide poll of likely Indiana voters found widespread support for clean energy resources and for rules that would make it easier to build clean energy in the state.

Cygnal, an international polling and public opinion firm, surveyed 800 likely voters from July 17-18, finding widespread support for renewable energy across the state. A majority of respondents supported  wind (60%) and solar (70%) in the state’s energy production mix, and a majority of respondents from all regions of the state said they would be more likely to vote for candidates in 2024 who supported Indiana’s renewable energy development.

The poll also found 67% of Hoosiers, including a majority of Republicans, would favor legislation to require a uniform standard for the zoning, permitting, and location of renewable energy projects in the state, while four-fifths agreed Indiana should strive to provide consistent and clear regulations to help attract businesses and boost the economy. Over half of all respondents said they would support using state funds to create a financial incentive for local governments that voluntarily adhered to the state standard.

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Topics: Press Releases, Indiana, Caryl Auslander

Indianapolis Business Journal: Trish Demeter and Ed Burgess: A fateful choice looms for Indiana’s electricity grid

Posted by Ed Burgess on Jun 9, 2023

Indianapolis Business Journal publishes an article on the future of Indiana's electricity grid written by United's Trish Demeter and Ed Burgess from Strategen.

Much has changed since Indiana’s electric utilities last issued their plans to power Hoosier homes and businesses—fossil fuel prices, supply chains, federal policies, geopolitics and technologies, to name just a few.

These changes have opened new opportunities to offer customers lower energy prices and cleaner air. But if Indiana utilities move ahead with their current proposals that ignore these rapidly evolving market conditions, they will waste their customers’ money on 20th century strategies and technologies. Don’t Hoosiers deserve better options for an affordable, reliable and modern grid?

Four of the state’s largest electric utilities—CenterPoint, Duke Energy Indiana, Indiana Michigan Power and Northern Indiana Public Service Co.—have proposed replacing coal-fi red powerplants with natural-gas-fueled plants. It’s like upgrading from a1995 Toyota Corolla to a 2005 Toyota Corolla when, for the same price or less, you could have a Ford Mustang Mach-e. It would be irresponsible for these utilities to not reconsider their plans before breaking ground on new projects when changing market conditions make potentially cost-saving and innovative solutions available.

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Topics: United In The News, Indiana, Trish Demeter

RTO Insider: Report: Energy Storage Would Save Indiana Utilities $73M

Posted by RTO Insider Staff on May 4, 2023

RTO Insider published a report on the savings Indiana's top three utilities could see by investing in battery storage, quoting Trish Demeter on the importance of committing to cheaper, cleaner, advanced energy technologies for Indiana residents.

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Topics: United In The News, Indiana, Trish Demeter

New study: Indiana utilities could save customers $73 million by embracing advanced energy tech over new gas plants

Posted by Adam Winer on May 3, 2023

The report analyzed battery storage compared to natural gas “peakers” currently proposed by Indiana utilities

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., May 3, 2023 – Some of the largest utilities in Indiana could save their customers a combined $73.1 million by switching to advanced energy technologies instead of moving forward with plans to build new gas-fired power plants. The finding comes in a new study by Strategen Consulting, which analyzed several scenarios that considered a range of fuel and technology costs and deployment strategies and found that the utilities could achieve equivalent reliability and save their customers millions of dollars by building battery storage instead of new natural gas combustion turbines.

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Topics: State Policy, Press Releases, Indiana, Trish Demeter

Utility Dive: Coca-Cola, Walmart and Salesforce call on Indiana utilities to offer green tariffs

Posted by Diana DiGangi on Dec 22, 2022

Utility Dive reports on a letter to Duke Energy and AES Indiana calling for a Green Tariff in the state. United's Caryl Auslander spoke to the demand of large customers for clean energy options in Indiana.
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Topics: United In The News, Indiana, Green Tariffs

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.

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Topics: United In The News, Indiana, Trish Demeter