Indiana needs to reduce dependence on coal

2013-12-31T00:00:00Z Indiana needs to reduce dependence on coal nwitimes.com
December 31, 2013 12:00 am

The success of NIPSCO’s clean energy cash-back program, otherwise known as a feed-in tariff, helps highlight how ready Hoosiers are for clean energy, which doesn't damage public health and natural resources.

Programs like NIPSCO’s feed-in tariff make rooftop solar a more viable option for ordinary Hoosiers, but more can be done. A recent report from the Solar Foundation shows Michigan and Ohio have six times more solar jobs than Indiana, and rank in the top 10 nationally for things like manufacturing and installation.

Expanding NIPSCO’s clean energy cash-back program and other programs like it are an important step we can take to attract these jobs and reduce our dependence on dirty fossil fuels.

Also, most companies have sustainability policies that will not allow them to move to coal-burning states. Indiana needs to recognize this to attract businesses to the state.

- Kate Flannery, Valparaiso

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