Utilities

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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State agency fights utility rates for electric cars

June 20, 2014
Associated Press
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. has requested a rate increase to help pay for its part in setting up charging stations for electric cars that drivers could rent as part of the BlueIndy program, a partnership between the city and the France-based Bollore Group.
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Work to resume Thursday on fatal tunnel project

June 18, 2014
Associated Press
A utility company says construction will resume Thursday on a project to build a sewer tunnel 250 feet beneath Indianapolis where a worker was killed last week.
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Tiny Sheridan girds for inevitable growth

June 7, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The tiny Hamilton County community is mindful of sprawl in Carmel and Fishers, and is determined to absorb growth on its own terms.
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AG won't appeal ruling clearing ex-utility chief

June 5, 2014
Associated Press
A court decision dismissing ethics charges against former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission Chairman David Lott Hardy will stand.
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EPA official: Carbon rules built on methods in use

June 4, 2014
Associated Press
The agency's strategy is built around four existing approaches, including energy-efficiency programs and adoption of renewable energy such as wind or solar power.
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Utility watchdog: Ending efficiency program 'short-sighted'

June 3, 2014
Associated Press
The leader of Citizens Action Coalition said Indiana lawmakers put the state at a disadvantage when they passed a bill killing an energy-efficiency program that could have helped the state meet the new federal carbon-emission goal by 2030.
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Mailer quoting Giuliani targets Indy water-line woes

May 29, 2014
Dan Human
Indianapolis homeowners have received a scare-sell insurance pitch about their water-service lines that appears to carry the endorsement of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
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State approves rate hike for Citizens Thermal

May 21, 2014
Dan Human
Citizens Energy Group will raise rates for about 250 customers that use the utility’s steam and chilled water services.
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Pence names first woman to top utility regulatory post

May 20, 2014
 The Statehouse File
Carol Stephan, who was first appointed a commissioner earlier this year, will take over the post vacated by Jim Atterholt, who stepped down this month to become the governor’s chief of staff.
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IPL gets green light for Harding Street, Martinsville projects

May 14, 2014
 IBJ Staff
State utility regulators on Wednesday gave Indianapolis Power & Light Co. the go-ahead to begin work on two high-profile power projects at a cost well over $600 million.
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IBM, NiSource reach $600 million agreement

May 13, 2014
Associated Press
The seven-year agreement includes the creation and management of a hybrid cloud-computing system that would enable NiSource to continue to deliver services to its customers.
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Pence names regulator Atterholt chief of staff

May 13, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence has named former lawmaker and current Indiana Regulatory Commission Chairman Jim Atterholt to succeed Bill Smith, a longtime Pence aide.
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Electric-car charging station to open by May 19Restricted Content

May 10, 2014
A kiosk and charging stations for Bollore Group’s car-sharing service were installed this month at 14 E. Washington St., in time for the Electric Drive Transportation Association’s annual conference that begins May 19.
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Indiana water regulator must wait for new job

May 8, 2014
Associated Press
The State Ethics Commission ruled Thursday that Gregory Ellis must wait at least a year before he can accept a job as director of government affairs for the Indiana American Water Co.
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Obama climate rules unlikely to wait until after election

May 7, 2014
Associated Press
Within weeks, President Barack Obama's administration is set to unveil unprecedented emissions limits on power plants across the U.S., much to the dismay of many Democratic candidates who are running for election in energy-producing states.
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Two Indiana wind-energy opponents win primary

May 7, 2014
Associated Press
Two candidates who oppose Tipton County's embrace of wind farm developments have won primary election contests in their bids for countywide seats.
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State office seeks to block Indiana American Water rate hike

May 5, 2014
Dan Human
The Office of the Utility Consumer Counselor says a proposed rate hike by Indiana American Water Co. is unwarranted, and the company should actually lower existing rates.
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Appeals court upholds dismissal of ethics charges against ex-IURC chief

April 29, 2014
Associated Press
Tuesday's decision means former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission chairman David Lott Hardy is immune to criminal prosecution.
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Citizens gets state OK for steep wastewater rate hike

April 23, 2014
Dan Human
State regulators on Wednesday approved a rate hike that will increase monthly wastewater bills by about 26 percent, or close to $14 on average, for Citizens Energy Group customers.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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