The Indiana Senate recently passed SB309, which would in effect eliminate net metering. It is on its way to the House. I am concerned not only for Indiana but for the precedence it could set for other states. As I understand it one provision in the bill is what is referred to as “Sell All, Buy All”. This would require alternative energy to users to sell ALL of their produced electricity to their power company at wholesale price, then buy ALL they use at retail price. To me this would be like requiring home gardeners to sell their tomatoes to the grocery store at wholesale rates, then buying it back from to them at retail prices. I find this particulary distubing. If I purchase a wind turbine, solar panels, or hydro unit I should be able to use it myself. Also, this could have a devasting efect on Indiana solar companies. I’m sure this bill is more complicated than the few words I’ve written here but I understand enough of it to be concerned. The only beneficiary I see from this is the utilitiy companies. If this should pass our only recourse, as I see it, would be to go totally off grid. And that is extremely difficult to accomplish in most situations. The one saving grace of this bill is that its effective date is years away.
I imagine other states are watching Indiana to see if it passes. This bears keeping an eye on in your state. We must be vigilant and protect our rights.