Utilities

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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Citizens plans $114M in upgrades for water system

April 10, 2014
Mason King
Among the planned projects are a new groundwater treatment plant near Morse Reservoir, a booster station to improve water pressure on the northwest side, and several large water main replacement projects.
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State green-lights deeper look into fuel costs at Duke plant

April 9, 2014
Dan Human
A state agency for utility consumers had requested additional scrutiny for periods late last year when Duke Energy Indiana's Edwardsport plant consumed more energy than it produced.
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Edwardsport plant rebounds in March after flat February

April 1, 2014
Dan Human
After two months of meager output that sparked scrutiny from the state and consumer groups, the controversial power plant sprung back to life in March, Duke Energy Indiana says.
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Court deciding if ex-regulator should face charges

March 31, 2014
Associated Press
The crux of the argument is whether David Lott Hardy, who was fired by then-Gov. Mitch Daniels as part of an ethical scandal that eventually also cost three Duke Energy officials their jobs, should be charged with felony misconduct when he did not commit an actual crime.
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Indiana court revisits former utility regulator's case

March 31, 2014
Associated Press
The appeals court heard arguments Monday in the case against former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission chairman David Lott Hardy.
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Pence lets bill ending Energize Indiana become law

March 27, 2014
 The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will let a bill that eliminates an energy-conservation program become law without his signature, prompting harsh words from environmental leaders who opposed the bill.
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Big businesses fight over Indiana energy program

March 20, 2014
Associated Press
Two giant corporations that sell products that save electricity want Gov. Mike Pence to veto a bill that would halt the program called Energizing Indiana.
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Court gives Duke Energy go-ahead for rate increase

March 19, 2014
Associated Press
Duke Energy won approval from an Indiana court Wednesday to raise electricity rates to pay for its $3.5 billion Edwardsport coal-gasification power plant.
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State regulators scold Citizens, approve smaller water rate hike

March 19, 2014
Dan Human
Citizens Energy Group has won state approval to raise water rates for Indianapolis customers, but not before being taken to task for excessive executive compensation.
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Ball State prepares to idle its coal-fired boilers

March 19, 2014
Associated Press
Ball State University officials are preparing to stop burning coal at the campus steam plant as the school pushes ahead with its partial conversion to geothermal energy.
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Indiana American Water seeks to raise rates

March 18, 2014
Associated Press
For most of the utility's residential customers using 5,000 gallons per month, the monthly water bill would rise from $37.35 to $39.75.
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Agency: Duke plant consumed more energy than it produced

March 13, 2014
Dan Human
The state's Office of the Utility Consumer Counselor is trying to put the brakes on Duke Energy Indiana's request for $1.5 million related to expenses at its Edwardsport coal-gasification plant.
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Coal train makes final delivery to Perry K Steam Plant

March 10, 2014
Associated Press
Once that coal is gone, the plant will be fueled by natural gas. Three of the plant's boilers have already been converted to natural gas and the final boiler will be converted by June.
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Environmental group against Mounds reservoir plan

March 10, 2014
Associated Press
A regional chapter of the Audubon Society says the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir would hurt the natural environment near Anderson.
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Hamilton County considering solar energy for public buildings

March 8, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Hamilton County might soon join the growing ranks of large utility users looking to hedge against rising prices by producing some of their own power.
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Groups seek investigation into plant's power woes

March 7, 2014
Associated Press
Environmental and citizens' groups are asking Indiana regulators to launch a formal investigation into problems and delays that have sharply limited the power output of Duke Energy's $3.5 billion coal-gasification plant.
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Auto auctioneer invests big in tech as sales go online

March 6, 2014
Dan Human
KAR Auction Services Inc. expects to spend as much as $125 million on technology this year as its focus continues to shift to the Web and apps.
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Duke's Edwardsport plant slows to crawl in January

March 5, 2014
Dan Human
Mechanical problems caused Duke Energy Indiana's $3.5 billion power plant in Edwardsport to generate a mere 4 percent of its maximum capacity in January.
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Indiana House OKs bill to end efficiency program

February 26, 2014
Associated Press
The bill's author, Sen. Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, said he's going to take the next few days to review the House's changes before determining whether to ask the Senate to approve it or send the bill to a conference committee to restore its original wording.
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Grid operators feud over transmission lines, payments

February 26, 2014
Dan Human
Midcontinent Independent System Operator Inc.'s recent expansion into the South has thrust the Carmel group into a dispute over whether it has to pay for using another firm's power lines.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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