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Citizens Energy projects bigger savings from deal

March 3, 2012
Cost-savings tied to the purchase of the city's water and sewer utilities are also expected to be realized sooner than predicted.
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Citizens Energy gets interest-rate bargain on bonds sold for utility purchaseRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Stock-market swoon contributes to favorable terms on purchase of city's water, sewer systems.
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Regulators approve Indianapolis water utility transfer

July 13, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
State regulators on Wednesday approved a proposal to transfer control of Indianapolis’ water and sewer utilities to a local not-for-profit trust. The $1.9 billion sale will put management of the utilities into the hands of Citizens Energy Group.
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Industrial support for utility sale to cost $1.5 million

April 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The price to get big industrial firms like Eli Lilly and Co., National Starch and Rolls-Royce Corp. to support the sale of the city’s water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy Group is at least $1.5 million.
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Settlement caps Citizens Energy customers' deal feesRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Ratepayers would pay no more than $14 million to cover charges associated with Citizens' purchase of Indianapolis water and sewer utilities. Some say the capped amount is too much.
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Indiana OKs 26-percent Indianapolis water increase

February 2, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Regulators have approved a 26-percent rate increase for Indianapolis water customers, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission announced Wednesday, less than the 33.4-percent increase requested.
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Water employee: Veolia falsified records to get bonuses

December 28, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Testimony is part of effort to deny Veolia Water $29 million contract termination fee as part of utility sale. Group claims salaried employees owed millions of dollars.
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Group opposes city plan to pay water manager Veolia $29M

December 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The city should refuse to pay the contract-termination fee given alleged defaults by Veolia, the consumer group says. Veolia is out after city sells the water company to Citizens Energy Group.
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Council advances utilities transfer proposal

July 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
City-County Council members voted 19-10 Monday night to approve Republican Mayor Greg Ballard’s $1.9 billion plan to transfer Indianapolis’ water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy Group.
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Key vote ahead for utilities transfer

July 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A plan to transfer the city's water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy Group faces a key vote Monday night at a meeting of the City-County Council.
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Water, sewer utility sale passes another hurdle

July 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Sale of city's water and sewer utilities faces showdown on Monday with full council vote.
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Water, sewer sale clears another hurdle

June 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The $1.9 billion deal still needs the OK of the City-County Council and state regulators.
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Business groups bless Mayor Ballard's utility sale plan

May 22, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and Builders Association of Greater Indianapolis support sale of water, sewer utilities.
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Veolia concessions worry regulatorsRestricted Content

May 8, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Testimony filed in Indianapolis Water Co.'s rate case shows the city in 2007 agreed to take on millions of dollars in costs from the private firm it hired to operate the utility, including $48 million in retiree medical plan obligations.
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Waterworks board wants outside review of mayor's utility plan

April 23, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The waterworks board's plan to hire outside consultants to study the proposed sale of Indianapolis Water could delay the deal.
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City approval of Citizens Energy deal could come in May

April 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Citizens Energy should have completed the majority of its due diligence of the city’s water and sewer utilities, which it plans to acquire, by the end of this month.
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Department of Waterworks chief to address canal concerns

March 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Matthew Klein has agreed to serve on a panel discussion concerning the canal: “Indy’s Central Canal—public resource or private pipeline?” during the Indiana University Law Environmental Symposium, April 1 at IUPUI’s Inlow Hall.
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Official: Promised rate reduction key in $1.9B city water, sewer deal

March 10, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Cost savings from combining three utilities helped give Citizens Energy Group an advantage in the deal to take over Indianapolis' water and sewer operations, said Michael Huber, the city’s director of enterprise development.
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Citizens Energy to take over city's water, sewer utilities

March 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The agreement is expected to generate more than $425 million in funding for local infrastructure improvements, and Citizens has agreed to assume $1.5 billion in debt associated with the utilities.
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Companies reap rewards on irrigation investmentsRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Mike’s Express Carwash uses a lot of water. There’s just no getting around it. So when automated systems engineer Ryan Binkley looked for ways to conserve resources, he focused on the company’s irrigation systems.
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Consultant: Indianapolis water utility lax in overseeing Veolia

October 17, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The city too often relied on the Department of Waterworks’ board, on consultants and on the private operator, Veolia Water, rather than on the department’s own staff “to ensure safe and efficient operation, maintenance and management” of Indianapolis Water. That’s one of several critical findings of a consultant hired by the department and filed as part of a 35-percent rate-hike request pending before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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EDITORIAL: City water utility in over its head

October 17, 2009
As missteps by the city’s water utility threaten to drown local ratepayers with dramatically higher bills, Mayor Greg Ballard’s administration is exploring a complete overhaul of the system. The mayor’s initiative can’t produce results soon enough.
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City receives host of sale, privatization ideas for water, sewer utilitiesRestricted Content

October 3, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Officials grappling with a water utility deep in debt and a sewer infrastructure needing upwards of $2 billion in upgrades were swamped with proposals about how to fix the mess.
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Waterworks proposes 35-percent rate hike

September 30, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Department of Waterworks today unveiled a capital-improvements proposal that would raise water rates for the average residential customer by 35 percent, or $8 a month.
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Toll road operator among water-utility suitors

September 29, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Among 23 firms that have expressed interest in operating Indianapolis’ water and sewer systems is Macquarie, the Australian firm that operates the Indiana Toll Road under a 75-year, $3.8 billion lease. In July, the city asked companies to express interest in operating the systems.
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