Gov. Mike Pence allows Ind. energy program to die under bill

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Governor Mike Pence will allow Indiana's fledging statewide energy-efficiency program to end.

The governor said Thursday that he'll allow a bill killing the program to become law without his signature.

Environmentalists and companies that make energy-saving products had urged Pence to veto the measure, saying it would end the Energizing Indiana program just as it was seeing successes in helping homeowners and businesses cut their electricity use.

Indiana's manufacturing and utility interests supported the bill. The program was financed through a fee that utility customers pay, and they say industrial users saw few benefits.

Energizing Indiana provides low-income home weatherizations and other cost-cutting efforts.

Pence is calling on the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to develop recommendations for a new energy-efficiency program that would include an opt-out for large electricity consumers.

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