Indiana’s energy future: Report praises renewables but doesn’t rule out fossil fuels

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Indiana’s energy future is here. Sort of.A group tasked with charting a course for how to provide Hoosiers with electricity has embraced and encouraged renewables, but it also wants to keep fossil fuels around to help with what it says is the variability of solar and wind. Thursday marked the last meeting for the 21st Century Energy Task Force, during which the group approved a final report with findings and recommendations on what the future of electricity service should look like in Indiana.Coal or renewables? Energy task force to decide this weekBut there wasn’t a complete consensus: The report passed 11 to 4.Task force co-chair Rep. Ed Soliday stressed that the report is not binding, and it is up to the Indiana legislature to put it into action.A lack of specificity  Some key findings and recommendations include: Acknowledging that encouraging renewable energy is important to keep Indiana competitive in attracting and retaining certain businesses. Understanding that renewables are more variable and need other types of energy, such as fossil fuels, to help compensate. Recognizing the need to develop metrics and goals to help ensure reliability throughout the state. Extending the task force for another two years …

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