Utilities

State energy trade association replaces longtime leader

September 18, 2014
Jeff Newman
The Indiana Energy Association has appointed former Northern Indiana Public Service Co. President Mark Maassel as president, succeeding longtime leader Ed Simcox, the organization announced Thursday.
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Renault teams with Bollore to promote electric cars

September 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
Renault SA is teaming up with French billionaire Vincent Bollore to make electric cars as the two struggle to establish a market for the emission-free vehicles, including one in Indianapolis.
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Court: IURC erred in approving Duke fee hike

September 8, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Monday that state utility regulators wrongly approved $61 million in ratepayer fees for the Edwardsport coal gasification plant.
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IPL begins construction on $600M power plantRestricted Content

September 6, 2014
IPL says the plant, adjacent to the Eagle Valley Generating Station, will generate 671 megawatts of electricity more efficiently and with fewer emissions than the retiring coal-fired plant.
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Pence fills opening on Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
James Huston fills a vacancy on the IURC created in May when James Atterholt, who had been the panel's chairman, stepped down to become Pence's chief of staff.
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Work progressing on eastern Indiana wind farm

September 2, 2014
Associated Press
Dozens of 320-foot-tall towers are going up in an eastern Indiana county for what will be another wind farm in the state.
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Fee approved for Vectren to replace Indiana pipes

September 1, 2014
Associated Press
The approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission gives Vectren permission to charge a monthly fee to cover 80 percent of the project's estimated $865 million cost. The fee will show up on customer bills starting in 2015 and continue through 2021.
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Duke plans $1.9B in upgrades, seeks rate hike

August 29, 2014
Mason King
The electric utility said Friday that its customers would see a gradual rate increase over seven years for the project, designed to reduce power outages and provide high-tech meters.
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New solar farm in Richmond begins generating power

August 26, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Municipal Power Agency said the 8-acre solar farm on the grounds of Richmond Power and Light contains about 4,000 solar panels. They will generate enough electricity to power about 200 homes.
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Advocate brokers lower IPL rate hike for car-sharing service

August 21, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. customers would see less of a rate hike for an electric car-sharing program under a settlement agreement negotiated by the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor.
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IPL moves to drop coal from Harding Street power plant

August 15, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indianapolis' electricity utility plans to convert its aging Harding Street power plant entirely to natural gas by 2016, after facing growing pressure to do so from environmental groups and politicians.
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Groups want Indianapolis utility to test water

August 11, 2014
Associated Press
Environmental, health and neighborhood groups are calling on the Marion County Health Department to compel Indianapolis Power & Light to test groundwater at eight coal ash lagoons on the city's south side.
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State needs better water management, report says

August 8, 2014
Associated Press, Allie Nash, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Chamber of Commerce warns that demand for water from businesses and residents could outstrip the available supply in coming decades.
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City’s Covanta deal discourages rival recycling programs

August 4, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Details of a pending recycling deal with Covanta are emerging. Under the pact, the city of Indianapolis would face financial penalties if it launches other recycling programs.
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Clay Township sewer-overflow project halted

August 1, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
The Clay Township Regional Waste District on Wednesday withdrew its offer to buy part of a church's land and build a million-gallon sewage-overflow tank near 106th Street and Keystone Parkway.
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Church wants to put sewer-overflow plan on hold

July 29, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
A Carmel church is asking a Clay Township utility to withdraw its offer to buy part of the church's land for a sewer-overflow tank so that church officials can conduct research and meet with neighbors for input.
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Carmel residents balk at sewer-overflow tank planned next to church

July 25, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
The Clay Township Regional Waste District has made a $106,800 offer to King of Glory Church to buy land for the above-ground tank, which would be the size of a one-story McMansion.
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Sierra Club wants Indianapolis coal plant closed

July 23, 2014
Associated Press
The Sierra Club is pressing Indianapolis' local utility to retire an aging coal-fired power plant that's slated to continue burning coal for at least two more decades.
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Job fairs help Duke Energy fill its talent pool

July 23, 2014
Associated Press
The average age of the line technicians who work for Duke Energy Corp. is between 50 and 55 years. Enduring an influx of retirements before it's able to restock its work force with field-ready technicians is a genuine concern.
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Indiana utility proposes 5 solar facilities in 2 states

July 9, 2014
Indiana Michigan Power is proposing the facilities in the Muncie-Marion area in eastern Indiana, around South Bend in northern Indiana and in Michigan.
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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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Vectren selling its coal-mining subsidiary for $296M

July 2, 2014
Associated Press
One of Indiana's largest natural-gas utilities is selling its coal-mining subsidiary to a southern Indiana-based coal-mining company, putting more than 800 coal miners' jobs at risk.
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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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GOP bucking business priorities on Capitol Hill

June 30, 2014
Associated Press
Traditional ties between the business community and the Republican Party are fraying in Washington, D.C., where the House GOP has bucked corporate interests on a series of priorities this year, from immigration to highway funding to trade.
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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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  1. to mention the rest of Molly's experience- she served as Communications Director for the Indianapolis Department of Public Works and also did communications for the state. She's incredibly qualified for this role and has a real love for Indianapolis and Indiana. Best of luck to her!

  2. Shall we not demand the same scrutiny for law schools, med schools, heaven forbid, business schools, etc.? How many law school grads are servers? How many business start ups fail and how many business grads get low paying jobs because there are so few high paying positions available? Why does our legislature continue to demean public schools and give taxpayer dollars to charters and private schools, ($171 million last year), rather than investing in our community schools? We are on a course of disaster regarding our public school attitudes unless we change our thinking in a short time.

  3. I agree with the other reader's comment about the chunky tomato soup. I found myself wanting a breadstick to dip into it. It tasted more like a marinara sauce; I couldn't eat it as a soup. In general, I liked the place... but doubt that I'll frequent it once the novelty wears off.

  4. The Indiana toll road used to have some of the cleanest bathrooms you could find on the road. After the lease they went downhill quickly. While not the grossest you'll see, they hover a bit below average. Am not sure if this is indicative of the entire deal or merely a portion of it. But the goals of anyone taking over the lease will always be at odds. The fewer repairs they make, the more money they earn since they have a virtual monopoly on travel from Cleveland to Chicago. So they only comply to satisfy the rules. It's hard to hand public works over to private enterprise. The incentives are misaligned. In true competition, you'd have multiple roads, each build by different companies motivated to make theirs more attractive. Working to attract customers is very different than working to maximize profit on people who have no choice but to choose your road. Of course, we all know two roads would be even more ridiculous.

  5. The State is in a perfect position. The consortium overpaid for leasing the toll road. Good for the State. The money they paid is being used across the State to upgrade roads and bridges and employ people at at time most of the country is scrambling to fund basic repairs. Good for the State. Indiana taxpayers are no longer subsidizing the toll roads to the tune of millions a year as we had for the last 20 years because the legislature did not have the guts to raise tolls. Good for the State. If the consortium fails, they either find another operator, acceptable to the State, to buy them out or the road gets turned back over to the State and we keep the Billions. Good for the State. Pat Bauer is no longer the Majority or Minority Leader of the House. Good for the State. Anyway you look at this, the State received billions of dollars for an assett the taxpayers were subsidizing, the State does not have to pay to maintain the road for 70 years. I am having trouble seeing the downside.

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