Regulation

Regulators plan more hearings on Duke plant costs

February 21, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana utility regulators will hold two additional field hearings to take public comment on Duke Energy's request to pass along to ratepayers the $2.9 billion cost of a coal-gasification plant being built near Edwardsport in southwestern Indiana.
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Complaints spark IURC to limit telecom’s service territory

February 17, 2011
Scott Olson
E.Com Technologies LLC, which serves the large Centennial subdivision in Westfield, cannot expand its service territory without the state agency's permission. Charges of anti-competitive behavior led to the decision.
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Indiana Senate panel advances nuclear incentive bill

February 10, 2011
Associated Press
A bill that would allow Indiana's utilities to quickly pass onto their customers some of the costs of planning nuclear power plants is advancing in the General Assembly.
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Nuclear power bill at statehouse conjures up ghosts

February 9, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A controversial bill in the Indiana Senate would make it easier for utilities to quickly bill ratepayers for proposed nuclear and other clean-energy projects.
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Consumer groups balk at bills to speed utility cost recovery

February 4, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Proposals would mitigate rate spikes, says utility industry. Consumer groups call proposed legislation a rubber stamp for utilities.
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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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Indiana watchdogs seek probe of Duke Energy plant

February 1, 2011
Associated Press
Consumer advocates are calling for Indiana regulators to appoint an independent investigator to look into whether Duke Energy Corp. used undue influence to win state approval for a nearly $3 billion coal-gasification plant.
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Duke, others withdraw cost deal on Indiana project

December 9, 2010
Bloomberg News
Duke, the Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor and other groups will renegotiate the terms of a plan to boost rates to raise $530 million for Duke’s Edwardsport plant, the Charlotte, N.C.-based company
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IURC clears ex-judge in Duke Energy ethics scandal

December 7, 2010
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission's internal probe found no irregularities regarding former administrative law judge Scott Storms' handling of Duke Energy cases, but it did reopen a case Storms handled in July involving storm damages.
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Touted Build America Bonds may not be available for utility dealRestricted Content

December 4, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Citizens Energy previously said not using the bonds would add about $100 million to the cost of the deal over 30 years.
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Indiana resists call for renewable energy mandates

November 28, 2010
Associated Press
The state is one of only 14 nationwide without a renewable energy standard, according to the Pew Center of Global Climate Change.
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Labor costs being watched at Duke Energy plant

November 16, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Cost pressures could eat away at $2.9 billion Edwardsport project's contingency fund, leaving no room for unexpected costs during startup and testing, Duke told the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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Duke fires Indiana chief, lawyer after ethics flap

November 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp. has fired the president of its Indiana operations and a staff attorney following an ethics flap over its dealings with state utility regulators.
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No 'inappropriate communications,' Duke Energy CEO says

November 3, 2010
Scott Olson
Duke Energy Corp.'s top exec told the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission that he's confident the IURC's former top attorney had no influence on decisions regarding the utility's Edwardsport plant, even though he sought a job with Duke while working for the regulatory body.
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Hancock County utilities set to proceed with merger

November 3, 2010
Scott Olson
Consolidation of Central Indiana Power and Hancock Telecom will become official on Jan. 1. It took a change in state law to allow the merger to proceed.
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Need for Duke coal-gas plant on regulators' agenda

November 2, 2010
Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp. says it needs a new coal-gasification power plant it's building in southwest Indiana, but consumer advocates don't believe it.
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Scandal fallout plagues Duke Energy's Edwardsport project

October 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Regulatory proceedings involving the coal gasification plant are being delayed while investigations continue over conflicts of interest at the IURC.
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IURC to re-examine Duke project amid ethics flap

October 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
The commission is summoning the CEO of North Carolina-based Duke Energy to justify the $2.9 billion Edwardsport plant on the same day the state ethics board filed formal charges against a former IURC attorney hired by Duke.
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Duke Energy wins verdict reversal in clean-air case

October 13, 2010
Bloomberg News
The renovations complied with Indiana's plan for implementing the federal Clean Air Act, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago said in Tuesday's ruling.
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Duke Energy names interim president amid probe

October 12, 2010
Scott Olson
Decision to replace Indiana CEO Mike Reed, who has been placed on administrative leave, follows a state investigation into an ethics controversy involving Duke that resulted in the dismissal of the chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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Regulators postpone Duke hearing amid scandal

October 6, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission canceled a hearing set for Thursday on Duke Energy Corp.'s controversial Edwardsport power plant amid a conflict-of-interest scandal that cost the agency's chief his job.
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Duke Energy puts local CEO on leave amid state probe

October 5, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Duke Energy Corp. placed Mike Reed, CEO of its Indiana operations, on administrative leave Tuesday afternoon amid a state investigation that involves the company and resulted in the dismissal of the chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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Indiana utilities commissioner fired after ethics probe

October 5, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Daniels administration alleges Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission chairman David Lott Hardy knew an administrative law judge was talking with Duke Energy Corp. about a job even as he presided over a Duke case.
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Customer-service jobs likely casualty in utility merger

October 4, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Consultant finds 23 or so customer-service jobs may be unneeded after Citizens Energy acquires city water and sewer utilities. Administrative jobs may also be on bubble, though most savings are from capital-related expenses.
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Consumer groups call for Duke to cancel Edwardsport project

September 25, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A proposed settlement between the utility and industrial customers would temporarily cap the cost of the plant, which is $1 billion more than initial estimates.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

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  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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