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:
"We know inefficient homes with little to no insulation force energy bills higher, and many homeowners simply don’t have the discretionary income to get their homes up to today’s energy efficiency standards,” said Mike Roeder, president of Vectren Energy Delivery of Indiana North. “This program helps many working families for the long-term by helping to break the cycle of high energy usage and thus, high energy bills."
And they followed up with:
"Given only 20 percent of homes built before 1980 are considered well-insulated, we know there are thousands of homes in Indiana that are in desperate need of energy efficiency upgrades,” said Michael Goldenberg, Duke Energy director of products and services. “These weatherization services will reduce energy bills in addition to increasing the home’s value."
And now, in the 2014 Indiana General Assembly, just 4 months later, they're actively working to kill Indiana's energy efficiency programs with SB340. Energy efficiency went from being a valued benefit that lowers bills and increases home values, to being a terrible thing that costs everybody too much money. So which is it, Duke and Vectren? You can't have it both ways.
These are the issues of immediate importance we are working on right now.