Energy Matters meeting is today

Energy Matters Community Coalition will hold a Green Drinks networking event featuring a special guest speaker at 6 p.m. today at El Nopal Mexican Restaurant, 3114 N. National Road in Columbus. The event is free and open to anyone interested in what’s happening locally to address climate change and the clean energy transition.

John Vann, a retired Ball State University professor and founding member of Solarize Indiana, will be the presenter. Vann will discuss the Inflation Reduction Act as it relates to household electrification.

His talk will focus on replacing appliances and heating systems that use natural gas (and other fossil fuels) with ones that use electricity – many of which use heat-pumps and advanced technologies. Electric cars and solar panels will also be discussed. Electrification reduces carbon dioxide pollution and energy costs for homeowners. Additionally, these substitutions carry with them valuable Federal tax credits, and for low and moderate income homeowners, rebates.

Networking (and ordering dinner, if interested) begins at 6 p.m. in the meeting room. The program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Energy Matters Community Coalition, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Columbus. It seeks to reduce local contributions to global warming while increasing the health and prosperity of our community through smart public and private energy choices.