Companies join push for Pence to veto energy bill

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two large companies with Indiana operations have joined a push started by environmental and consumer groups to urge Gov. Mike Pence to veto a bill that would halt Indiana’s statewide energy-efficiency program.

Honeywell and Ingersoll Rand warn in a joint statement that the bill would “undermine important energy-efficiency initiatives” the Energizing Indiana program has brought Indiana.

The companies both make energy-efficient products of the kind the 2-year-old program has encouraged homeowners and businesses to adopt to cut their electricity use. The program is financed through fees utility customers pay on their monthly electricity bills.

A bill approved by lawmakers would prohibit the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission from extending or beginning new contracts for the program after this year and prevent the commission from requiring utilities to meet specific energy-efficiency goals. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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