Regulation

Legal drama over Duke Energy merger lingers

July 30, 2012
Associated Press
The investigations into whether regulators and consumers were misled in the run-up to the merger of North Carolina's two Fortune 500 energy companies could continue quietly for months after a deadline arrives next week.
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Ex-Progress CEO says Duke tried to nix merger amid tensions

July 19, 2012
Bloomberg News
Bill Johnson, the man who was CEO of Duke Energy Corp. for eight hours after its $17.8 billion takeover of Progress Energy Inc., began testifying Thursday to the North Carolina Utilities Commission.
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Regulators to quiz CEO ousted in utility takeover

July 18, 2012
Associated Press
North Carolina regulators expect testimony Thursday from the CEO ousted by Duke Energy Corp. within hours of becoming the top executive of the country's largest electric company.
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Duke Energy seeks delay in CEO-switch testimony

July 17, 2012
Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp. asked state regulators Tuesday for a weekslong postponement of testimony by two top directors, including local businessman Michael Browning, about the surprise CEO switch at the top of America's largest electric company.
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Browning ordered to testify over Duke Energy CEO's ouster

July 17, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis real estate developer and Duke Energy Corp. director Michael Browning has been ordered to appear Friday before the North Carolina Utilities Commission, which is investigating the unexpected ouster of the utility’s new CEO just hours after the company merged with Progress Energy Inc.
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Sudden Duke Energy CEO shift puts Rogers in spotlight

July 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Three former board members of Progress Energy Inc. said they would have voted against Duke's $17.8 billion takeover offer had they known Rogers would remain in charge of the combined companies.
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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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N.C. regulators clear hurdle to Duke-Progress merger

June 29, 2012
Associated Press
North Carolina utility regulators have approved the merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy, the last major hurdle to creating the largest American electric company.
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Utilities, public clash on tree-trimming policiesRestricted Content

May 19, 2012
Indianapolis Power & Light, others say money is at stake if tighter controls are enforced.
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Duke Energy profit falls on Indiana plant settlement

May 4, 2012
Bloomberg News
Duke Energy Corp. said first-quarter profit fell 42 percent after a regulatory settlement in Indiana increased costs and mild weather reduced heating demand.
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Indiana announces proposed Duke Energy settlement

April 30, 2012
Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp. has agreed to cap the cost of its troubled coal-gasification plant in southwestern Indiana at $2.6 billion, or about $700 million less than the expected cost of construction, as part of a proposed settlement announced Monday.
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Citizens Energy projects greater, faster savings from deal

February 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Citizens Energy Group says savings from combining the city’s water and sewer utilities will be 13 percent higher than expected and come two years sooner than previously predicted.
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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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Bill seeks elected utility consumer counselor

January 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A legislator is proposing that Indiana’s utility consumer counselor be elected rather than appointed by the governor.
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Grand jury indicts former state utilities chief Hardy

December 12, 2011
Chris O'Malley
David Lott Hardy, who was fired from his job as chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in 2010, is accused of official misconduct.
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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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Indiana expands probe into Indy manhole blasts

November 21, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana utility regulators are expanding a third-party review of Indianapolis manhole explosions to include the latest two blasts.
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Ethics scandal costs Duke Energy in two rulings

October 19, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A 2010 ethics scandal involving the former chief legal counsel for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has come back to bite the state's biggest electric utility.
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Duke ignored water issue at Indiana plant, consultant says

July 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Utility officials waited seven months to act on hazardous water concerns during construction of its costly Edwardsport plant and banked on winning an exemption, which the EPA later denied.
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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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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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Agency: Duke customers shouldn't pay $530M in overruns

July 8, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor has filed a blistering rebuke of Duke Energy Corp. for the high cost of its Edwardsport coal-gasification plant and has asked regulators to deny Duke’s request to charge ratepayers $530 million for cost overruns.
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Controversial utility bill heads to governor

May 2, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Opponents say the legislation shifts clean-energy risks to ratepayers and protects utility shareholders. Utilities say they need the legislation to help them comply with federal pollution mandates.
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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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