Utilities District of Western Indiana REMC offers residential customers incentives for energy efficient heat pumps, water heaters, and air conditioners. Eligible air-source heat pump and air conditioning systems must have at least a 14 SEER rating and can be for retrofits or part of new construction. Qualifying 40 or 52 gallon water heaters are free with new construction, while 80 gallon models can be purchased from the REMC at a discounted price. The geothermal heat pump incentive of $1,500 per system is available for new construction and retrofits.
Tipmont REMC customers are eligible for rebates for the installation of efficient water heaters and air-source and geothermal heat pumps. A rebate is also available for the recycling of older, less efficient refrigerators and stand alone freezers. Air-source heat pumps are eligible for rebates between $150 and $450, while geothermal heat pumps are eligible for a $500 rebate. Water Heaters with a capacity of 80 gallons or less are eligible for a $50 rebate and systems with over 80 gallons of capacity are eligible for a $100 rebate.
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources implements and enforces the federal Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977, as well as a statewide program to protect society and the environment from the adverse effects of mining operations, and regulates coal mining operations to protect the environment, the rights of surface landowners, and to assure that reclamation is feasible. This legislation authorizing DNR contains information about exploration activities, coal mining permits, operations, and reclamation requirements.
This chapter recognizes two categories of approaches to environmental protection: clean manufacturing, which consists of reducing, avoiding, or eliminating harmful environmental impacts and pollutants; and waste management, which addresses harmful discharges, wastes, and emissions. The preferred approach of the Indiana legislature is clean manufacturing, followed by sustainable waste management practices.
Southern Indiana Rural Electric Coop offers an incentive program for customers to help offset the cost of high efficiency heating and cooling equipment. Rebates are available for energy efficiency water heaters; air-source, dual fuel, and geothermal heat pumps; central air conditioners; and electric thermal storage units. Equipment can be installed in new construction or an existing home or mobile home. Rebate amounts vary depending on equipment efficiency, installation location, and capacity.
Southeastern Indiana REMC (SIREMC) offers residential customers various heating and cooling rebates to improve the energy efficiency of participating homes. Rebates are available for energy efficient hot water heaters, air conditioners, and all-electric, dual fuel, and geothermal heat pumps. Rebates are available for new construction and replacement of old systems in existing homes. The rebate amounts depend on the efficiency of the new equipment and the type of system that it is replacing.
South Central Indiana REMC, a Touchstone Energy Partner, offers incentives for residential customers to save energy in participating homes. Rebates are available for central air conditioning systems and air-source, dual fuel, and geothermal heat pumps. Rebate amounts vary depending on the efficiency of the equipment installed. The rebates apply to equipment installed in a new home, replacement equipment, and to the conversion from an electric furnace system to a heat pump. South Central Indiana REMC also provides its customers with discounted prices on energy efficient water heaters.
South Central Indiana REMC offers a 6.0% interest loan for residential customers interested in making energy efficiency improvements to participating homes. The loan can be used for a variety of energy efficient improvements ranging from replacement thermal windows and insulation upgrades to heating and cooling system installations. Heating and cooling equipment must meet the following standards to be eligible: Air-source heat pumps must have a minimum SEER rating of 15.0. Geothermal heat pumps must have a minimum EER rating of 15.1.
The state supports the implementation of source reduction, recycling, and other alternative solid waste management practices over incineration and land disposal. The Indiana Department of Environmental Management and the Indiana Solid Waste Management Board are tasked with planning and adopting rules and regulations governing solid waste management practices. Provisions pertaining to landfill management and expansion, permitting, construction, reporting, and transportation practices and fees are discussed in these statutes.