Legislation introduced in Indiana last week that would slash net metering credits and add fixed charges to the bills of solar customers has created a rift between investor-owned utilities and solar advocates in the state.
Bill HB 1320 is opposed by renewable energy advocates at the Alliance for Solar Choice (TASC) and the liberal consumer group Citizens Action Coalition, as well as the Green Tea Coalition, a conservative organization supporting free-market ideals and energy independence. According to these groups, the Indiana bill would kill the state’s solar industry before it gets off the ground.
“Indiana Republicans should be championing free market choice — not government-created utility monopolies,” said Debbie Dooley, founder of the Green Tea Coalition and leading member of the Tea Party Patriots. “This is a deliberate attempt to kill solar and protect monopolies from competition, and this is going on in other states.”