The recent IndyStar article claiming Hoosiers are willing to pay increased costs for cleaner energy is based on flawed polls. The poll should have asked, “Would you be willing to double your electricity costs to switch to mandated solar and wind power to replace the current limited coal and primarily natural gas use?
For 26 years we have a small inexpensive 900 square foot second home in Northern California farming town, to be closer to half of our children, grandchildren, and great grands living in a 200 mile radius.
Our Pacific Gas & Electric power, by California law, cannot be from coal, and only limited amounts can be from natural gas. But one-quarter comes from nuclear plants that must soon be shut down, and one-third from imported Oregon power from the Columbia River dams.
Solar panels are mandated for every new home and are heavily taxpayer-subsidized for commercial solar arrays, wind farms or home solar. The result of the costly solar and wind mandates is double the power cost delivered to the home per kilowatt hour vs. low-cost Indianapolis Power & Light power.
The yearly inflation-rate-cost increase for California power is double that of Indy power because of the solar and wind power mandates.
How many Hoosiers would be willing to double their power costs vs. what they currently pay?
Joseph J. Neff
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