Electric

Plant shutdown date sparks fight between IPL, grid operator

July 3, 2014
Dan Human
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. says it might have to pay as much as $22 million in extra costs because of contract issues with the Midwest Independent System Operator.
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Concerns raised over possible rate hike for electric cars

June 30, 2014
Alec Gray, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor and Rep. Cherrish Pryor are both voicing concerns about a potential rate increase proposed by Indianapolis Power & Light that could help fund some of the start-up costs for the BlueIndy electric-car-sharing project.
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Agency opposes hike for electric carsRestricted Content

June 28, 2014
 IBJ Staff
David Stippler, whose job is to advocate for utility consumers, thinks Mayor Greg Ballard’s quest to have Indianapolis Power & Light customers pay the startup costs for an electric-car-sharing service sets a dangerous precedent.
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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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State agency fights utility rates for electric cars

June 20, 2014
Associated Press
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. has requested a rate increase to help pay for its part in setting up charging stations for electric cars that drivers could rent as part of the BlueIndy program, a partnership between the city and the France-based Bollore Group.
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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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Utility watchdog: Ending efficiency program 'short-sighted'

June 3, 2014
Associated Press
The leader of Citizens Action Coalition said Indiana lawmakers put the state at a disadvantage when they passed a bill killing an energy-efficiency program that could have helped the state meet the new federal carbon-emission goal by 2030.
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State approves rate hike for Citizens Thermal

May 21, 2014
Dan Human
Citizens Energy Group will raise rates for about 250 customers that use the utility’s steam and chilled water services.
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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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IBM, NiSource reach $600 million agreement

May 13, 2014
Associated Press
The seven-year agreement includes the creation and management of a hybrid cloud-computing system that would enable NiSource to continue to deliver services to its customers.
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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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Appeals court upholds dismissal of ethics charges against ex-IURC chief

April 29, 2014
Associated Press
Tuesday's decision means former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission chairman David Lott Hardy is immune to criminal prosecution.
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State green-lights deeper look into fuel costs at Duke plant

April 9, 2014
Dan Human
A state agency for utility consumers had requested additional scrutiny for periods late last year when Duke Energy Indiana's Edwardsport plant consumed more energy than it produced.
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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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Court deciding if ex-regulator should face charges

March 31, 2014
Associated Press
The crux of the argument is whether David Lott Hardy, who was fired by then-Gov. Mitch Daniels as part of an ethical scandal that eventually also cost three Duke Energy officials their jobs, should be charged with felony misconduct when he did not commit an actual crime.
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Indiana court revisits former utility regulator's case

March 31, 2014
Associated Press
The appeals court heard arguments Monday in the case against former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission chairman David Lott Hardy.
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Court gives Duke Energy go-ahead for rate increase

March 19, 2014
Associated Press
Duke Energy won approval from an Indiana court Wednesday to raise electricity rates to pay for its $3.5 billion Edwardsport coal-gasification power plant.
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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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Hamilton County considering solar energy for public buildings

March 8, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Hamilton County might soon join the growing ranks of large utility users looking to hedge against rising prices by producing some of their own power.
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Groups seek investigation into plant's power woes

March 7, 2014
Associated Press
Environmental and citizens' groups are asking Indiana regulators to launch a formal investigation into problems and delays that have sharply limited the power output of Duke Energy's $3.5 billion coal-gasification plant.
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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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Indiana House OKs bill to end efficiency program

February 26, 2014
Associated Press
The bill's author, Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, said he's going to take the next few days to review the House's changes before determining whether to ask the Senate to approve it or send the bill to a conference committee to restore its original wording.
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Grid operators feud over transmission lines, payments

February 26, 2014
Dan Human
Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc.'s recent expansion into the South has thrust the Carmel group into a dispute over whether it has to pay for using another firm's power lines.
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Pence cracks door to electricity deregulationRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Pence administration is discussing whether to include electric-utility deregulation in a new state energy policy, making Indiana one of the few states since California’s electricity crisis to consider opening its market to competition.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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