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More than a dozen environmental groups say distributed energy — smaller, localized energy sources and storage like rooftop solar — need to be a part of the state’s energy plan.

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Several major pieces of legislation are already on the move as the General Assembly got the 2020 session underway. Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Hold Harmless Legislation

Lawmakers wasted no time as the short session began – both House and Senate education committees almost immediately approved legislation to shield teachers and schools from penalties after a sharp drop in student test scores.

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Indiana environmentalists held a rally and met with lawmakers on Tuesday to demand better renewable energy policies in the state. 

State Rep. Matt Pierce (D-Bloomington) says one of his goals with the state’s Energy Policy Development Task Force is to promote solar on homes and businesses.

He says having multiple solar power sources spread throughout the state would make Indiana’s energy grid more resilient to a possible cyber attack from Iran.

A group of evangelicals in Indiana wants the state to expand wind and solar energy. The Evangelical Environmental Network delivered more than 21,000 signatures to Gov. Eric Holcomb Wednesday demanding 100 percent renewable energy in the state by 2030. 

Tech leaders engage in the hate crimes debate. A House committee approves an anti-abortion bill. And legislative leaders question DCS’s funding request.

Here’s what you might have missed this week at the Statehouse.

Tech Industry On Hate Crimes

Eight organizations rallied at the statehouse Wednesday for policies that support renewable energy in Indiana. 

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The University of Notre Dame unveiled a new array of solar panels Wednesday that will drop carbon emissions at the school by 148 tons a year, or the equivalent of planting 31 acres of trees.

Paul Kempf, the senior director of utilities and maintenance at Notre Dame said, “We’re looking at a photovoltaic solar system that has a capacity of about 145 kilowatts and the intention is that it’s providing a significant portion of the electrical use of this building.”

The building houses the University’s archives.

Notre Dame uses geothermal to meet emissions reduction goals

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Notre Dame main building
Matthew Rice via Wikimedia Commons

 

The University of Notre Dame continues to work on lowering carbon emission on campus with, among other things, geothermal energy.

Notre Dame’s first geothermal field came online last fall. The field is a series of holes and other equipment that use the constant temperature of the Earth to heat and cool buildings.

This first one, called the East Quad field, lowers the university’s carbon emissions by about 1,300 tons per year.

Indiana's energy efficiency program is being eliminated, so lawmakers need to decide on an alternative next year.