Eight organizations rallied at the statehouse Wednesday for policies that support renewable energy in Indiana.
They’re backing a House Bill 1331 that prevents homeowners associations from banning solar installations, forcing property owners to remove them, or making unreasonable restrictions on them.
Environmentalists also oppose House Bill 1470 that would allow utilities to more quickly recover the cost of certain projects from customer’s bills. They say it’s been the subject of state court battles where utilities got money for projects that weren’t part of their initial plans.
Though some renewable energy legislation failed to advance this session, speakers at the rally told attendees not to give up hope.
“We need to remember that we’ve been faced with very challenging situations in the past in this country and we’ve met them,” says Janet McCabe with Indiana University’s Environmental Resilience Institute.
McCabe cited how switching to unleaded gasoline quickly brought down children’s blood lead levels.