Environmentalists rally to preserve energy conservation program

(WISH Photo/Ron Nakasone)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — The state Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday afternoon on a bill that would end the Energizing Indiana program.

That caused environmental groups to protest at the Statehouse. They say the program begun under former Gov. Mitch Daniels has led to significant reductions in energy consumption.

It requires utilities to meet energy saving goals and encourages weatherization and energy audits for homeowners and business owners.

“The Daniels administration recognized that one of the keys to economic success for the state and financial stability for consumers is energy efficiency,” said Kerwin Olson of the Citizens Action Coalition.

“Energizing Indiana is the most effective single organization that we’ve had,” said Bill Bissmeyer, who owns a business that conducts energy audits.

Utilities argue that Energizing Indiana is too costly. They say energy savings can be achieved in more efficient ways.

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