Rep. Koch Discusses Key Energy Legislation with InREA Members
STATEHOUSE (April 14, 2009) - Rep. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) is pushing to make Indiana a leader in energy initiatives. Rep. Koch recently addressed the membership of the Indiana Renewable Energy Association (InREA) at its spring meeting in Bloomington, discussing energy matters important to the state.
Rep. Koch discussed energy legislation pending before the Indiana General Assembly and issues including net metering, renewable energy standards, and smart grid technology.
The event also included the unveiling of Upland Brewing Co.'s solar water-heating installation. In becoming the Midwest's first solar water-heated brewery, Upland expects to eliminate up to 75 percent of its use of natural gas. It is estimated that the solar panels on Upland's roof will provide over 167 million BTUs of energy each year.
InREA is a non-profit organization whose membership includes businesses which produce and consumers who use renewable energy throughout Indiana.
Rep. Koch serves as assistant Republican caucus chairman and is a member of the Commerce, Energy, Technology and Utilities Committee. His district includes parts of Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson, and Lawrence counties.