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PNS Daily Newscast - January 17, 2020 


Govt. Accountability Office rules that Trump administration violated federal law on aid to Ukraine; and racial disparities in health care.

2020Talks - January 17, 2020 


Just a couple weeks out from the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, four Senators are being pulled off the campaign trail for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Public News Service - IN: Energy Policy

PHOTO: Indiana House Bill 1320, introduced by Rep. Eric Koch (R-Bedford), would allow utilities to set fixed charges for solar electricity users, which opponents say would shift profits from homeowners to utility companies. Photo credit: Ben Grader/Morguefile.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Clean-energy supporters and utilities are at odds over a new bill at the statehouse. Electricity customers in Indiana who use solar power receive credits for selling excess power back to the grid, but HB 1320 would minimize those credits, and allow utilities to set fixed charges

PHOTO: Low-income homeowners in Indiana who need help keeping their homes warm can apply for assistance through the Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP. Photo credit: Freeman/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - Inches of snow and temperatures below zero are making it an especially frigid November in Indiana, which translates to higher heating bills. The Energy Assistance Program might be able to help cushion the blow for those who struggle to keep their homes warm. The program provides util

PHOTO: Duke Energy is proposing a plane to require smart meters be installed at all homes and businesses in their service territory. Photo credit: Anai Sikim/Wikimedia.

INDIANAPOLIS - The state's largest electricity provider wants to modernize its infrastructure, but it's a plan that comes with a price for customers. The Indiana Regulatory Commission is taking comments on Duke Energy's $1.87 billion infrastructure improvement case, which includes the mandatory in

PHOTO: A new report supports the argument that ending the Energizing Indiana program will cost ratepayers more money in the long run. Photo credit: D. Hester/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - The Energizing Indiana program expires at the end of the year, but a new report from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission highlights its positive benefits. Overall, according to the report, the combination of programs delivered about $3 in energy savings for every $1 spent by co

PHOTO: Experts say weatherization strategies can help Hoosiers reduce energy costs during the hot summer months. Photo credit: M. Kuhlman.

INDIANAPOLIS – Utility statement sticker shock is not uncommon during the summer months when hot weather can drive up cooling costs. Charles Graf, vice president and managing director of Energizing Indiana, says weatherization strategies can help lower energy bills by keeping the precious co

PHOTO: State leaders are requesting ideas about how to craft effective energy-efficiency policies for Indiana. Photo credit: David Wilkerson/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - What should Indiana's energy-efficiency programs look like? State leaders are requesting ideas about how to craft effective energy-efficiency policies. The Citizens Action Coalition is weighing in, and its executive director, Kerwin Olson, is convinced the best path forward is to rep

PHOTO: A new report finds Indiana manufacturers have more to lose from disruptions caused by climate change than the costs associated with proposed EPA carbon standards. Photo credit: Taneli Rajala/wikimedia commons.

INDIANAPOLIS – A new report finds Indiana manufacturers have more to lose from disruptions caused by climate change than the costs associated with new Environmental Protection Agency carbon standards. It's estimated the proposed standards will raise electricity prices by 6 percent, and that i

PHOTO: Groups from varying interests are encouraging state leaders to stop a measure that would cut Indiana's energy efficiency program, Senate bill 340. Photo credit: morgue file.

INDIANAPOLIS - Diverse organizations are speaking out against cuts to Indiana's energy efficiency program contained in Senate Bill 340, which would prevent the state from holding utilities to energy-savings goals and would end the Energizing Indiana program. While supporters of the legislation argue

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