INDIANA (January 20, 2021) – Audubon Great Lakes today released the results of a new Indiana statewide poll that shows overwhelming support from Indiana voters – of all parties. – for more renewable energy in the state.
Nearly three-quarters of voters (74%) are in favor of expanding the use of renewable energy sources. The net metering policy, which allows customers who generate their own electricity to be fairly compensated for the excess electricity they add back to the energy grid, also has strong support among Republican, Independent and Democratic voters.
“Currently, less than 10% of Indiana’s energy comes from renewable sources. This poll shows that Hoosiers wants to retain and expand policies like net metering, which will be rolled back this summer if state lawmakers don’t take immediate action,” said Adam Forrer, director of climate policy for Audubon Great Lakes. “We need more of these grassroots, bipartisan policy solutions enacted in Indiana to increase Indiana’s resilience to climate threats to protect birds and people and drive investment in our local economies.”
State Senator Liz Brown (R-15) recently introduced Senate Bill 248 which will protect the Hoosiers’ ability to use rooftop solar and develop renewable energy in the state by ensuring that the Hoosiers receive a fair rate for the excess energy they create.
“Audubon Great Lakes urges Indiana lawmakers to pass SB 248 without delay and address the decline in net metering by extending the program through 2025,” Forrer said.
Scientific studies show that climate change is the biggest threat to birds and people, with two-thirds of North American bird species at risk of extinction due to our warming planet. Adopting a strong renewable energy policy is key to reducing pollution, lowering global temperatures and preserving the places that birds, like Indiana’s vulnerable red-headed woodpecker, need to survive.
Indiana voters support and want more renewable energy solutions. Key survey findings include:
- Nearly three-quarters of voters (74%) – including 63% Republicans – favor expanding the use of renewable energy sources.
- 75% of Hoosiers, including an overwhelming majority of Republicans, Independents and Democrats, support net metering policies.
- 65% of Hoosiers would rather expand and expand net metering than end it. Only 10% of respondents are in favor of ending net metering, which will happen if the legislator does not act.
- 70% of Hoosiers think the state government should do more to expand the use of solar power.
- A bipartisan majority of Indiana voters (78%) think climate change is a threat.
These high Republican numbers are not surprising. Indiana’s conservative Energy Alliance poll from late last year showed strong support for renewable energy development in the state, as well as broad consensus across the state and among Republicans for Energy Choice and Net Metering.
“We recognize the need for conservatives to be a part of new developments in energy policy and seek to lead Indiana’s transition to a reliable, renewable, and affordable energy future,” said Kacey Crane, Indiana’s executive director. Conservative Alliance for Energy. “Statewide Hoosiers and Conservatives have made it clear they want the freedom to choose their energy sources. Good net metering policies are one way to meet this demand. »
The poll was commissioned by Audubon Great Lakes and conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, a prominent, nationally recognized Republican polling firm with extensive polling experience for several successful Republican candidates in Indiana. The statewide poll of 600 registered voters in Indiana was completed Dec. 16-20, 2021. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points. Full results and analysis can be found here.
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