Indiana - SB309 - 2017

Distributed generation. Requires: (1) the utility regulatory commission (IURC) to post a summary of the results of the IURC's most recent periodic review of the basic rates and charges of an electricity supplier on the IURC's Internet web site; and (2) the electricity supplier subject to the review to provide a link on the electricity supplier's Internet web site to the IURC's posted summary. Amends the statute concerning alternate energy production, cogeneration, and small hydro facilities to: (1) include in the definition of a "private generation project" certain cogeneration facilities that: (A) are located on the same site as the

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Added On: 01-26-2017
Updated On: 05-02-2017
Status: Enacted
Primary Sponsors: Brandt Hershman (Republican), James Merritt (Republican), David Ober (Republican), Edmond Soliday (Republican)

Actions (25)

  • 01-09-2017 - First reading: referred to Committee on Utilities
  • 01-09-2017 - Authored by Senator Hershman
  • 02-20-2017 - Committee report: amend do pass, adopted
  • 02-23-2017 - Amendment #1 (Hershman) prevailed; voice vote
  • 02-23-2017 - Amendment #5 (Stoops) failed; Roll Call 175: yeas 10, nays 36
  • 02-23-2017 - Amendment #2 (Lanane) failed; voice vote
  • 02-23-2017 - Amendment #6 (Stoops) failed; voice vote
  • 02-23-2017 - Second reading: amended, ordered engrossed
  • 02-27-2017 - Senator Merritt added as second author
  • 02-27-2017 - Cosponsor: Representative Soliday
  • 02-27-2017 - House sponsor: Representative Ober
  • 02-27-2017 - Third reading: passed; Roll Call 202: yeas 39, nays 9
  • 02-28-2017 - Referred to the House
  • 03-06-2017 - First reading: referred to Committee on Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications
  • 03-30-2017 - Committee report: amend do pass, adopted
  • 04-03-2017 - Second reading: ordered engrossed
  • 04-04-2017 - Third reading: passed; Roll Call 378: yeas 56, nays 43
  • 04-05-2017 - Motion to concur filed
  • 04-05-2017 - Returned to the Senate with amendments
  • 04-10-2017 - Senate concurred in House Amendments; Roll Call 442: yeas 37, nays 11
  • 04-13-2017 - Signed by the President Pro Tempore
  • 04-19-2017 - Signed by the Speaker
  • 04-25-2017 - Signed by the President of the Senate
  • 05-02-2017 - Signed by the Governor
  • 05-02-2017 - Public Law 264

Votes (6)

DateMotion (click for details)ChamberCommitteeYes
02-16-2017Senate - Committee VoteSenate820yes
02-23-2017Senate - Amendment #5 (Stoops) failedSenate10364no
02-27-2017Senate - Third readingSenate3992yes
03-29-2017House - Committee VoteHouse850yes
04-04-2017House - Third readingHouse56431yes
04-10-2017Senate - Senate concurred in House AmendmentsSenate37112yes

News (11)

Indiana will phase out retail rate net metering - Utility Dive
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Thu, 04 May 2017 14:14:11 GMT

The Hoosier state may now see a wave of solar projects installed before the lower rate goes into effect, but opponents of Senate Bill 309 say the long-term impact is on jobs. The Sierra Club ran a radio campaign opposing the bill as a utility-led ...

Controversial bill to cut solar incentive heads to Gov. Eric Holcomb's desk - Indianapolis Star
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Mon, 10 Apr 2017 21:59:53 GMT

"The bill recognizes solar is an increasingly competitive means of generation," said state Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, who authored SB 309. Dave Arland, a spokesman for the Indiana Energy Association, said the legislation also makes way for ...

Indiana's solar market is still alive, for now - pv magazine USA
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Wed, 02 Aug 2017 11:34:49 GMT

And if one cursorily followed the state's solar policy, one may have thought that enactment of Senate Bill (SB) 309 would have squelched that market. Again, not quite. In net metering, SB309 is actually a three part, or tier, bill. Tier 1 keeps the ...

Indiana senate bill targets net-metering for elimination - pv magazine USA (press release) (blog)
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Mon, 30 Jan 2017 13:01:18 GMT

On the surface, Indiana State Senator Brandt Hershman's Senate Bill 309 keeps solar net-metering in place until 2027. Language buried deep in the bill, however, could kill the popular program long before the proposed expiration date. The bill clearly ...

Solar energy incentives gradually reduced under Indiana Senate proposal - Indianapolis Star
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Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:51:27 GMT

The Hoosier Environmental Council said the bill won't help Gov. Eric Holcomb's goal — offered in his State of the State address — to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in Indiana. If SB 309 becomes law, said the council's executive director Jesse ...

Indiana's new law eventually eliminates net metering—but is the battle over? - Daily Energy Insider
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Fri, 05 May 2017 14:11:44 GMT

With the stroke of a pen May 2, the controversial Indiana Senate Bill (SB) 309 morphed into the law now known as Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) No. 309, which gives state investor-owned utilities the win they wanted over net metering. For now. Republican Gov.

Statehouse bill throws shadow on solar energy incentives - The Rushville Republican
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Tue, 14 Mar 2017 11:12:29 GMT

As construction began on Todd's home this winter, a bill was floating through the Indiana Statehouse that could disrupt his plan for energy self-sufficiency. Senate Bill 309, authored by Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, would upset the delicate math ...

Solar bill draws heat - Indiana Lawyer
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Wed, 08 Mar 2017 07:36:38 GMT

“I've had more constituent contacts on this bill this session than any other bill,” Senate Minority Leader Tim Lanane, D-Anderson, said during a Senate Utilities Committee hearing Feb. 23 on Senate Bill 309. In its original form, solar users said they ...

Indiana's anti-DG solar bill passes Senate with ease - pv magazine USA (press release)
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Wed, 01 Mar 2017 14:53:12 GMT

The Indiana Senate yesterday approved the controversial anti-net-metering bill, Senate Bill (SB) 309, on a 39-9 vote despite growing public opposition and accusations of skulduggery on the part of one of the bill's authors. After passage, two state ...

Indiana 'Buy All, Sell All' Measure Would Decimate Solar Incentives - Energy Manager Today
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Tue, 24 Jan 2017 18:41:03 GMT

A bill (SB 309), reintroduced in the Indiana General Assembly on January 9 after failing to pass in 2015 would discontinue net metering in the Hoosier State – effectively wiping out a key financial incentive for homeowners and businesses to install ...

Solar Sharing Could Cost More if Ind. Legislation Passes -
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Thu, 26 Jan 2017 04:36:36 GMT

He believes SB 309, sponsored by Republican Brandt Hershman, would dirty the clean energy push being made by Hoosiers every day. “It's going to create serious problems for Indiana's solar industry,” he says. But state officials and utilities say it's ...