Coal

Vectren division sale costs 120 miners their jobs

August 24, 2014
Associated Press
Evansville-based Vectren Corp. says 120 southwestern Indiana coal miners will lose their jobs by month's end as the natural-gas utility completes the sale of its coal-mining subsidiary.
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IPL moves to drop coal from Harding Street power plant

August 15, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indianapolis' electricity utility plans to convert its aging Harding Street power plant entirely to natural gas by 2016, after facing growing pressure to do so from environmental groups and politicians.
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Groups want Indianapolis utility to test water

August 11, 2014
Associated Press
Environmental, health and neighborhood groups are calling on the Marion County Health Department to compel Indianapolis Power & Light to test groundwater at eight coal ash lagoons on the city's south side.
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Not in my backyard: U.S. sending more coal abroad

July 28, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. power sector is burning less coal and is reducing carbon emissions, but a growing share is finding its way to the rest of the world.
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Sierra Club wants Indianapolis coal plant closed

July 23, 2014
Associated Press
The Sierra Club is pressing Indianapolis' local utility to retire an aging coal-fired power plant that's slated to continue burning coal for at least two more decades.
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Vectren selling its coal-mining subsidiary for $296M

July 2, 2014
Associated Press
One of Indiana's largest natural-gas utilities is selling its coal-mining subsidiary to a southern Indiana-based coal-mining company, putting more than 800 coal miners' jobs at risk.
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Justices limit existing EPA global warming rules

June 23, 2014
Associated Press
The Supreme Court on Monday placed limits on the sole program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming. The decision does not affect EPA proposals for first-time national standards for new and existing power plants.
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AG won't appeal ruling clearing ex-utility chief

June 5, 2014
Associated Press
A court decision dismissing ethics charges against former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Chairman David Lott Hardy will stand.
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EPA official: Carbon rules built on methods in use

June 4, 2014
Associated Press
The agency's strategy is built around four existing approaches, including energy-efficiency programs and adoption of renewable energy such as wind or solar power.
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IPL gets green light for Harding Street, Martinsville projects

May 14, 2014
 IBJ Staff
State utility regulators on Wednesday gave Indianapolis Power & Light Co. the go-ahead to begin work on two high-profile power projects at a cost well over $600 million.
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Obama climate rules unlikely to wait until after election

May 7, 2014
Associated Press
Within weeks, President Barack Obama's administration is set to unveil unprecedented emissions limits on power plants across the U.S., much to the dismay of many Democratic candidates who are running for election in energy-producing states.
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Edwardsport plant rebounds in March after flat February

April 1, 2014
Dan Human
After two months of meager output that sparked scrutiny from the state and consumer groups, the controversial power plant sprung back to life in March, Duke Energy Indiana says.
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Ball State prepares to idle its coal-fired boilers

March 19, 2014
Associated Press
Ball State University officials are preparing to stop burning coal at the campus steam plant as the school pushes ahead with its partial conversion to geothermal energy.
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Agency: Duke plant consumed more energy than it produced

March 13, 2014
Dan Human
The state's Office of the Utility Consumer Counselor is trying to put the brakes on Duke Energy Indiana's request for $1.5 million related to expenses at its Edwardsport coal-gasification plant.
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Coal train makes final delivery to Perry K Steam Plant

March 10, 2014
Associated Press
Once that coal is gone, the plant will be fueled by natural gas. Three of the plant's boilers have already been converted to natural gas and the final boiler will be converted by June.
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Duke's Edwardsport plant slows to crawl in January

March 5, 2014
Dan Human
Mechanical problems caused Duke Energy Indiana's $3.5 billion power plant in Edwardsport to generate a mere 4 percent of its maximum capacity in January.
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Bottleneck bedevils Indiana's mighty wind turbinesRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Dan Human
Lack of transmission lines keeps green energy from flowing to the Midwest.
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State's top court gives Rockport developer a victory

December 17, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The state's high court ruled unanimously Tuesday that an alteration of the contract the plant's developers signed with the Indiana Finance Authority did not constitute a significant change.
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Indiana in natural gas dilemmaRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Dan Human
'Fracking' has made natural gas cheap and abundant, but prices could rise with demand, costing consumers.
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Indiana coal industry battling EPA plant limits

November 6, 2013
Associated Press
Members of Indiana's coal industry and business community are heading to Chicago this week to fight against new limits on coal-fired plants they say would cost hundreds of jobs across the state.
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IDEM chief: Fed rules essentially ban new coal plants

October 30, 2013
Associated Press
The commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Thomas Easterly, told lawmakers that the pending federal regulations will essentially rule out coal-fired power plants that currently generate much of the state's electricity.
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Ruling: Indiana failed to study mine's water impacts

September 18, 2013
Associated Press
An environmental law judge has found that Indiana failed to fully assess the impact of coal waste runoff on local waterways when it issued a permit for a southwestern Indiana surface coal mine that's the largest such mine east of the Mississippi River.
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Indiana Supreme Court takes up case between state, utility

September 5, 2013
Associated Press
Contract law dominated an Indiana Supreme Court hearing over an agreement requiring the state to buy synthetic natural gas from a private plant and resell it on the open market.
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State justice denies motion to recuse himself

August 14, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Despite close ties to the project manager of the Rockport coal-gasification plant, Indiana Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa has decided to hear a pending case on the project.
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State approves $511M in IPL upgrades

August 14, 2013
Dan Human
Indianapolis Power and Light Co. plans to revamp coal plants in Indianapolis and Petersburg to comply with federal rules. State regulators gave the go-ahead on Wednesday, setting the stage for a potential rate hike.
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  1. You are correct that Obamacare requires health insurance policies to include richer benefits and protects patients who get sick. That's what I was getting at when I wrote above, "That’s because Obamacare required insurers to take all customers, regardless of their health status, and also established a floor on how skimpy the benefits paid for by health plans could be." I think it's vital to know exactly how much the essential health benefits are costing over previous policies. Unless we know the cost of the law, we can't do a cost-benefit analysis. Taxes were raised in order to offset a 31% rise in health insurance premiums, an increase that paid for richer benefits. Are those richer benefits worth that much or not? That's the question we need to answer. This study at least gets us started on doing so.

  2. *5 employees per floor. Either way its ridiculous.

  3. Jim, thanks for always ready my stuff and providing thoughtful comments. I am sure that someone more familiar with research design and methods could take issue with Kowalski's study. I thought it was of considerable value, however, because so far we have been crediting Obamacare for all the gains in coverage and all price increases, neither of which is entirely fair. This is at least a rigorous attempt to sort things out. Maybe a quixotic attempt, but it's one of the first ones I've seen try to do it in a sophisticated way.

  4. In addition to rewriting history, the paper (or at least your summary of it) ignores that Obamacare policies now must provide "essential health benefits". Maybe Mr Wall has always been insured in a group plan but even group plans had holes you could drive a truck through, like the Colts defensive line last night. Individual plans were even worse. So, when you come up with a study that factors that in, let me know, otherwise the numbers are garbage.

  5. You guys are absolutely right: Cummins should build a massive 80-story high rise, and give each employee 5 floors. Or, I suppose they could always rent out the top floors if they wanted, since downtown office space is bursting at the seams (http://www.ibj.com/article?articleId=49481).

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