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Tech Talk: Drive for Evidence-Based Policy

In Chamberworld, "policy development" is the process of identifying issues of public concern and proposing well-researched solutions that can be implemented by policymakers. This usually comes in the form of legislation, administrative rule or executive order. The Indiana Chamber has 14 committees that develop policy on broad ranges of subject matter including higher education, civil justice, energy, infrastructure, health [...]

2019-06-06T09:09:40-04:00June 6th, 2019|

Very Successful But With Weird Twists and Turns

By Greg Ellis, vice president of energy and environmental policy * PDF version available for printing * The business community had quite a few wins with good legislation coming to fruition and some bad legislation halted. It was clear that most members of the General Assembly read the Indiana Chamber’s legislative agenda and contemplated our members’ wants and needs. [...]

2019-05-15T11:10:40-04:00May 15th, 2019|

Indiana Chamber Remains Opposed to Energy Moratorium

(INDIANAPOLIS) —  The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is responding to Rail Point Solutions LLC and its lobbyist Scott Pruitt, former U.S. EPA administrator, regarding the proposed two-year moratorium on large power plants coming online. The provision was stripped from Indiana Senate Bill 472 on April 11. Pruitt and Rail Point Solutions, a subsidiary of Hallador Energy, had requested the [...]

2019-04-22T13:44:21-04:00April 22nd, 2019|

Fix for Distressed Water Utilities and Energy Task Force Gets Hijacked; Chamber Opposed to Added Provision

Senate Bill 472 – Utility Rates and Acquisitions Authored by Sen. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) This bill provides that an order affecting rates of service may be entered by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) without a formal public hearing in the case of any public or municipally owned utility that serves less than 5,000 customers or has initiated a [...]

2019-04-05T13:27:09-04:00April 5th, 2019|

Gain Power Through Knowledge at the Indiana Energy Management Conference

Concerned about rising energy demands and costs? Join experts and colleagues at the Indiana Conference on Energy Management for the latest updates, forecasts and trends regarding energy issues. Learn how to cut costs while remaining compliant and see what’s coming down the pipeline during the day-and-a-half conference (July 31-August 1) at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. Choose from among 12 [...]

2018-07-12T14:02:34-04:00June 25th, 2018|

Indiana Conference on Energy Management Returns to Downtown Indianapolis, HR Training Available in July

(INDIANAPOLIS) — Planning for the future is difficult for any business leader and trying to determine how changing energy prices will impact an organization is nearly impossible. The good news is there are things that can be done without a crystal ball. Companies can be proactive by learning tools and strategies to cut energy costs and remain in compliance with [...]

2018-06-11T13:40:02-04:00June 11th, 2018|

Chamber Submits Comments to EPA on Clean Power Plan; Other Big EPA News Impacting Indiana

On April 26, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce submitted a comment letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supporting the repeal of the controversial rule, Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units – more commonly known as the Clean Power Plan. If implemented, the rule is projected to increase Indiana’s electricity rates 16% [...]

2018-04-27T13:11:06-04:00April 27th, 2018|

General Statehouse: Where Key Bills Stand

The 2018 Indiana legislative session is in the home stretch with an end date of this coming Wednesday. Another select group of business-related bills crossed the finish line this week (and last) and are ultimately headed to the Governor’s desk. Others are bound for conference committee to resolve differences between the House and Senate versions. Meanwhile, two bills saw [...]

2018-03-09T11:36:18-04:00March 9th, 2018|

House Explores Possible Change to Energy Tax

On Wednesday, the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Utilities, Energy and Telecommunications Committee held a joint hearing to take informational testimony concerning the utilities receipts tax. The tax – paid by all ratepayers – is 1.4% and applies to the taxable gross receipts of Indiana’s utilities. A few Chamber members provided information about the impact of [...]

2018-02-16T12:56:57-04:00February 16th, 2018|

Energy and Environment: Roundup of Where Key Bills Stand

The issue of water management has long been supported by the Chamber as a priority. House Bill 1267 and SB 361 establish a Water Infrastructure Taskforce to study water issues. Both bills have passed out of their respective houses and have been referred to committees in the other house for further action. The measures are very similar, but HB [...]

2018-02-09T14:10:16-04:00February 9th, 2018|