Our Executive Director spoke at the anti-ALEC rally in Indianapolis, IN on Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Here is the text of his speech.
There’s no question about it. Duke Energy’s Edwardsport coal gasification plant is a financial boondoggle and a complete and utter technological failure.
Yes, Citizens Action Coalition and its partners, Sierra Club, Save the Valley, and Valley Watch, signed off recently on a settlement. But this isn’t over by a long shot.
Here are some upcoming events where you can make your voice heard and tell your local officials: Don't Dam It!
Thursday, May 28 @ 6pm: Anderson City Council special meeting on the reservoir, Council Chambers, 2nd floor of the City Building. If you can attend, it is very important that you do. This will take place at the Anderson City Building at 120 E 8th St. The agreement creating the Mounds Lake Commission will be introduced with a vote likely in June.
The proposed "recycling" plan for Indianapolis--having Indianapolis residents mix their recycling with their trash--will set recycling back for decades.
More evidence showing the Mounds Reservoir project to be ill-conceived and a potential negative impact on the surrounding area continues to come to light.
I spent the month of May in Germany investigating the German energy transition.
The Energiewende is the government’s policy to shift from conventional coal and nuclear plants to renewables and energy efficiency. Suffice it to say, it’s alive and well. Moreover, the hyperbole leveled here against it by those with a vested interest in the status quo – such as it has failed, costs are spiraling out of control, it’s leading to substantially more coal generation because of the planned nuclear phase out – is false, if not laced with lies.
Listen to Kerwin Olson, Executive Director of Citizens Action Coalition, discuss Indiana energy policy and the Duke Edwardsport power plant with Move to Amend:
Facebook can sometimes be a crazy place full of "what I had for lunch" posts, political debates, and cute animal pictures, but it can also be a great resource for information on the issues that interest you.
We went through our favorites and decided on five great Facebook pages we think are interesting and educational. Follow them and make sure to share the useful and fascinating things you learn!
City of Bloomington, Office of the Mayor
Dear Governor Pence,
I write to encourage a veto of Senate Bill 340.
One area where Republicans and Democrats should agree is the critical need to conserve our precious resources. SB340 runs counter to that philosophy.
Our city government has successfully implemented an energy efficiency program - in fact, demand was tremendous. All citizens, especially lower income residents, save real money when energy efficiency increasees. Benefits to our environment are obvious.
As companies that represent 10,000 manufacturing and efficiency jobs in Indiana, we write to you today to express our opposition to SB 340, a bill that passed the State House and is now under consideration in the State Senate.
Martin Kushler is a senior fellow at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, and he wrote an excellent Guest Commentary regarding SB340 for the NWI Times. Here are a couple of highlights of his commentary:
"The Indiana Legislature is rushing through a bill that would terminate the state’s successful energy efficiency program, even though an independent evaluation has shown the programs are saving ratepayers $2 in costs for every dollar spent on the programs."
On October 14, 2013, Duke and Vectren told the Evansville Courier-Press how much Energizing Indiana was needed, and how helpful the low-income weatherization program is...
Duke and Vectren said:
Proposed legislation in Indiana (SB 340) would devastate the state’s very promising energy efficiency programs, which were created under order of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) in 2009.
Kerwin Olson, our Executive Director, explains and simplifies the true cost issues with the Duke Edwardsport plant in a new editorial in the Kokomo Tribune.
The Indiana Senate Committee on Utilities is prepared to take a vote this week on SB510, the legislation intended to protect captive Hoosier gas ratepayers from the shenanigans of a Park Avenue hedge fund. So this seemed like an ideal time to discuss some talking points that the folks at Indiana Gasification and Leucadia keep using when promoting the illusory benefits of the proposed Rockport SNG facility, which remains to this day nothing more than a power point presentation.
On January 24, a little under a hundred folks made their way to the Indiana History Center to make their voices heard regarding IPL's current plan to raise electric rates.
Some joined the Sierra Club protest before the hearing; some just came to speak to regulators about giving more money to IPL to continue to prop up old, outdated coal plants.
IPL's plan to spend more than $500 million on pollution controls for plants that are both outdated and unnecessary has frustrated customers on both an economic and environmental level.
This is a great video statement that CAC's Executive Director, Kerwin Olson, made regarding a situation dealing with Vectren in Southern Indiana. Even though that situation is resolved, it's still a great statement on how the utilities operate in Indiana, so we left it up for your viewing!
A close inspection of the proposed settlement between Duke Energy and the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor regarding the Edwardsport Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle Station Project is anything but a victory for Duke's ratepayers.