Utilities have juice
The one bill Mike Pence chose not to sign was a bill that electric utilities wanted. He let SB 340 become law without his signature and so now the Energizing Indiana efficiency program will go away.
It is a Mitch Daniels program. Utilities thought it was too expensive and they got lawmakers to see things their way. That’s how things work in Indiana.
Utilities get what they want unless a governor stands in the way.
Daniels did it and you might remember when Bob Orr did it back in the ’80’s, putting a stop to construction of the Marble Hill Nuclear Plant.
But Daniels is gone. SB 340 was a way to send the message he went too far.
Governor Pence promises to come back to lawmakers with a new energy efficiency program to consider in 2015 and nobody wants it more than Kerwin Olson of the Citizens Action Coalition.
But Olson may be the best guy to go to for perspective about goings on in the Statehouse.
“Getting anything out of that building that is a consumer friendly policy,” said Olson, “is a tough if not impossible task.”