Electric

Troubled Indiana gasification plant begins operation

June 10, 2013
Associated Press
Duke Energy said that its $3.5 billion, high-tech 618-megawatt plant near Vincennes will produce 10 times as much power as a former plant but emit about 70 percent less pollution.
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Foes organizing against central Indiana wind farm plans

May 13, 2013
Associated Press
A Chicago-based company is seeking permission from Delaware County officials to build about 30 turbines across 15,000 acres of agricultural areas northeast of Muncie.
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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: 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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Power producer to build new HQ in Bloomington

April 11, 2013
Mason King
Hoosier Energy will invest about $27 million in 83,000-square-foot facility. The city of Bloomington has approved a 10-year tax abatement for the project.
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Duke rolls out new Indiana economic development plan

April 5, 2013
Associated Press
The state's largest power company says it's revamping its Indiana economic development program to improve opportunities for communities to attract jobs and capital investment.
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Developer plans solar farms on 286 acres in southern Marion County

April 2, 2013
Dan Human
A Minnesota firm with a 15-year contract with IPL wants to install solar panels and power stations on two different sites as part of a $50 million-plus project.
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Indiana lawmaker: Coal-gas plant no longer feasible

March 27, 2013
Associated Press
An Indiana lawmaker who opposes a 30-year contract with the developers of a proposed $2.8 billion coal-gasification plant told a House committee Wednesday that the surge in U.S. shale gas production has driven down natural gas prices, leaving synthetic gas projects unfeasible.
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Indiana House panel amends utility rate bill

March 13, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana manufacturers and consumer groups opposed to a bill that would make it easier for power companies to raise their rates won concessions Wednesday from House lawmakers.
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IPL boosts renewables portfolio with more solarRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Farm planned for northeast of Indianapolis Motor Speedway will add to sun/wind capabilities.
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Two neighboring utilities united by fiber in Hancock CountyRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Unusual merger of Hancock Telecom and Central Indiana Power is paving the way for network deployment in rural areas.
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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 senator seeks gas plant contract review

January 24, 2013
Associated Press
A top Indiana senator is calling for a review of Indiana's plans to subsidize a proposed coal-gasification plant.
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Indy utility plans $511 million in power plant upgrades

January 22, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis Power & Light said ratepayers could expect a 2-percent to 3-percent annual increase for a "number of years," but said he did not know how long the increases would be in effect.
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Indiana wind energy industry wants longer tax credit

January 3, 2013
Associated Press
Officials with Indiana's wind energy industry say they are relieved by Congress' one-year extension of a tax credit but contend it will take a longer-term approach to grow the industry and create jobs in the state.
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Court rules Duke must cover ice storm costs

December 28, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Court of Appeals has upheld state regulators' rejection of Duke Energy's bid to pass $11 million in costs it incurred during a 2009 ice storm onto its customers.
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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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Mississippi power group to join Carmel MISO

December 14, 2012
Associated Press
Hattiesburg-based SMEPA, which generates and wholesales power to 11 electric cooperatives serving 410,000 Mississippi customers, says it will join Carmel-based Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator in December 2013.
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Duke Energy CEO apologizes to regulator over probe

December 11, 2012
Associated Press
The head of Duke Energy said he regrets that officials with the nation's largest electric company went too far in their criticism of North Carolina regulators responsible for setting rates in its top power market, according to a letter released Tuesday.
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Indiana court hears Duke Energy ice storm case

December 10, 2012
Associated Press
An attorney for Duke Energy Corp. urged the Indiana Court of Appeals on Monday to reverse a state regulatory panel's decision blocking the company's attempt to pass onto its customers the cost of damages it incurred during a 2009 ice storm.
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Regulator approves Duke Energy probe settlement

December 3, 2012
Associated Press
Duke Energy formalized deals Monday that ended separate investigations by North Carolina regulators and the attorney general into whether the utility misled officials before a merger that made it the country's largest electric company.
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Indiana experiencing surge in wind power market

December 2, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana has a wind resource of 148,228 megawatts, the 15th biggest in the country, according to industry trade group the American Wind Energy Association. And its growing.
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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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Duke Energy earnings hurt by mild weather

November 8, 2012
Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp., the nation's largest electric utility by market value, reported stronger-than-expected earnings for the third quarter, but company executives said the outlook for strong economic growth in the U.S. is dim.
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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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  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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