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Gabriel Elsner
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"The cost of renewable energy is plummeting and becoming more cost-competitive every year... even if we ignore the negative impacts of fossil fuels, clean energy will be able to compete head-to-head with fossil fuels in the market, and when we factor in energy efficiency, the Clean Power Plan will save families money on their bills"
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The Indiana House Republican Caucus faces a lawsuit over its decision to withhold emails shared between one of its members and several utility companies. The group behind the suit believes the documents will show the utility industry improperly influenced legislation involving solar energy.

And as Indiana Public Broadcasting’s Payne Horning reports, the legal challenge’s primary question revolves around whether the General Assembly is subject to the state’s public records access law.
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IU Law and State Government Program Director Cynthia Baker agrees with Britt. She says the emails may count as public records, but with the way APRA is written, it’s ultimately the legislature’s choice to withhold or release that material.

“The fact that the General Assembly comes under the purview of APRA doesn’t mean that the records being sought in this case, which are clearly public records as defined by the Act, are necessarily available to the public because of the numerous exceptions outlined by our General Assembly including the work product of a member of the General Assembly or their staff,” Baker said.

Energy and Policy Institute Executive Director Gabe Elsner says the use of work product as a blanket definition isn’t in line with the spirit of the law.

“All of that would mean that the state legislature can operate in complete secrecy without any accountability to the people they are supposed to represent,” Elsner said.
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For decades, solar power was so expensive, few could afford it. That's now changing.
The solar boom
The solar boom
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