Coal

Sierra Club puts Harding coal plant in crosshairs

June 1, 2013
The Sierra Club wants the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to block an IPL plan to spend $511 million on pollution controls at its 39-year-old Harding Street plant, plus a four-unit station in the southwestern Indiana town of Petersburg.
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IPL's $631M power plant to start construction in 2014

May 1, 2013
Mason King
Plans for the plant, officially announced Wednesday, call for an environmentally friendly facility outside of Martinsville that could produce 650 megawatts of power. Construction could employ 660 workers.
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Developers suspend most Rockport gas plant work

April 30, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gasification project manager Mark Lubbers told the Evansville Courier & Press that neither the General Assembly nor Gov. Mike Pence support the project.
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Developers: Law will likely kill coal-gas plant

April 27, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gasification LLC project manager Mark Lubbers said developers wouldn't have tried to build the plant at Rockport if the law passed early Saturday morning had been in place.
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Developers say bill would kill Indiana coal-gas plant

April 4, 2013
Associated Press
The House Utility Committee approved a bill Wednesday that would send the $2.8 billion project back to regulators for another round of reviews unless the Indiana Supreme Court sides with the project's developers
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Senate panel waters down coal-gas measure

February 21, 2013
Associated Press
A Senate committee is leaving a contentious battle over a proposed $3 billion coal-gasification plant in the Indiana Supreme Court's hands for now.
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Indiana coal industry scrambling to save its futureRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Options include increasing exports as opposition to coal-fired electricity generation heats up at both national and local levels.
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IPL assessed $214,200 penalty in plant explosion

February 11, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The Indiana Department of Labor alleges lack of proper safeguards in an August blast that injured two workers at IPL's Harding Street generating station on the southwest side.
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Indiana Senate panel delays Rockport plant hearing

February 7, 2013
Associated Press
Senate Utilities Committee chairman Sen. Jim Merritt said Thursday he's delayed until next week a hearing on the bill involving Indiana Gasification LLC's planned $2.8 billion plant in the Ohio River city of Rockport.
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Regulators snuff $42M Duke Energy proposalRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Utility wanted to conduct a study to determine how to dispose of carbon dioxide produced by its Edwardsport coal gasification plant.
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Bill could be hurdle for proposed $2.8B synthetic gas plant

January 15, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Under the legislation, state utility regulators could order Indiana Gasification LLC to make refunds to gas customers every three years if the price of synthetic gas it produces from coal is greater than the market price of natural gas over the period.
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Vectren digs in to fight gas plantRestricted Content

January 12, 2013
Chris O'Malley
A synthetic natural gas plant proposed downstate need only tweak its contract with would-be gas purchaser Indiana Finance Authority to comply with an October court ruling and to proceed with the project, Indiana Gasification said in a recent filing with the Indiana Court of Appeals. But opponents of the plant, led by Evansville-based gas and electric utility Vectren, immediately objected.
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IURC caps ratepayers' share of Edwardsport plant at $2.6B

December 27, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Opponents call the deal too generous to Duke Energy and say it doesn't protect ratepayers from rising financing costs.
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Wabash Valley Power aggressively shifting to greener alternativesRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The Wabash Valley Power Association has been reducing its dependence on energy produced from coal—from 95 percent five years ago to 54 percent today. The utility is leaning more on natural gas and even renewable-energy sources like methane from landfills and animal waste.
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Backers of 30-year gas-purchase deal to press on

October 30, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Finance Authority and Indiana Gasification LLC plan to amend a 30-year contract that obligates the state to buy the company's synthetic natural gas. The move is in reaction to an appeals court ruling that reversed regulators' approval of the deal.
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$14M legal tab touches off new skirmish in Duke caseRestricted Content

August 4, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Citizens Action Coalition, Sierra Club, Save the Valley and Valley Watch are hoping questions over legal fees the utility agreed to pay attorneys for industrial customers scuttle a deal over cost overruns at the $3.3 billion Edwardsport coal gasification plant.
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Duke foes skeptical about Edwardsport price tagRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Utility denies claim it is trying to sidestep $2.6 billion cap on costs that can be passed along to ratepayers.
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Sierra Club pressures utilities to find alternatives to coalRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Dave Menzer, director of the Sierra Club’s new “Beyond Coal” campaign in Indiana, aims to spark discussion about the health and environmental costs of the state’s bituminous bounty that for years has brought relatively cheap electric rates.
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Purdue announces $33 million energy plan

May 8, 2012
Associated Press
Purdue University plans to demolish an old coal-burning boiler, convert another coal-burning boiler to natural gas and install a natural gas-fired combined heat and power unit as part of a new comprehensive energy plan.
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Plant upgrades might cost IPL nearly $1 billionRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Chris O'Malley
New federal mercury-reduction regulations may force Indianapolis Power & Light to spend nearly $1 billion to upgrade its coal-fired electric plants scattered around Indiana. Duke Energy is mulling everything from plant upgrades to shutting down older units.
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Utility exec: Coal-gas plant's 'time has passed'

February 14, 2012
Associated Press
A utility executive told a legislative committee Tuesday that a drop in natural gas prices as a result of the nation's shale-gas boom have made a proposed southern Indiana coal-gasification plant a project "whose time has passed."
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Regulators approve deal on $2.65B gasification plant

November 22, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana regulators have approved plans for a $2.65 billion coal gasification plant at the Ohio River city of Rockport and a state agency's 30-year contract to buy its synthetic natural gas.
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Citizens to convert downtown steam plant from coal to gas

November 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Citizens Energy Group plans to switch the primary power source for its Perry K Steam Plant in downtown Indianapolis from coal to natural gas, the utility announced Wednesday. The conversion will cost about $9 million.
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Duke to begin razing state's oldest coal plant

September 26, 2011
Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp. is preparing to demolish a coal-fired power plant that's Indiana's oldest electricity-generating plant of its kind.
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Consumer group accuses Duke of 'gross mismanagement'

July 15, 2011
Chris O'Malley
"Gross mismanagement" and improper communications with ex-regulatory chairman are among evidence in testimony to make Duke, rather than ratepayers, swallow major cost overruns at Edwardsport power plant.
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