OED in Statute
Like any state agency, the Indiana Office of Energy Development (OED) is established and operates within state statute that has been set forth by the Indiana General Assembly. OED is a non-regulatory agency whose statute, Indiana Code 4-3-23, sets forth the authority to develop and implement comprehensive energy policy for the state. This statute also outlines the duties to administer programs related to energy policy. Any additional roles or responsibilities that fall under OED, can be found under this statute.
At the federal level, the Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975, established the State Energy Program which provides funding to state energy offices to implement energy programs tailored to each state’s energy priorities and goals.
Related statutes & legislative activities
Energy issues span a variety of areas, but some key statutes under other agencies are noted below:
- Title 8 of Indiana Code encompasses regulations for electricity and natural gas utilities.
- During the legislative session, most of the energy legislation moves through the House Utilities, Energy, and Telecommunication Committee and the Senate Utilities Committee. To see the bills currently pending before these, click the links above.
- The 21st Century Energy Policy Development Task Force (Task Force) was started in 2019, and has recently concluded after 4 years’ worth of work, extensive witnesses testimony, and a report after the second iteration that is currently moving through the legislature as HB 1007.
- Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) was signed into law on November 15, 2021, and authorized $1.2 trillion for transportation and infrastructure to be allocated to the states. Some of the various programs being administered through OED related to the IIJA include the grid resilience program, our State Energy Security Plan, among others. To learn more about Indiana’s funds, click here.