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Pence pulls plug on energy program

The “Energizing Indiana” program has been disconnected. 

Governor Mike Pence will allow Indiana's statewide energy-efficiency program to end, saying he will propose an alternative program for lawmakers to consider next year.

The Republican governor says he’s allowing a bill shutting down the Energizing Indiana program to become law without his signature because he wasn't entirely satisfied with the current program. But he also says he’s disappointed that lawmakers killed it without offering a replacement.

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