Utilities

Midwest ISO announces $6.5B in electric grid improvements

December 8, 2011
The Carmel-based not-for-profit's long-term plan recommends 215 new transmission infrastructure projects to improve reliability of its electric grid.
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Jury awards $27M in damages over propane explosion

November 28, 2011
Associated Press
A jury has held a utility liable for $27 million in damages over a propane explosion at a central Indiana horse farm that killed a man and injured three family members.
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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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Citizens to convert downtown steam plant from coal to gas

November 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Citizens Energy Group plans to switch the primary power source for its Perry K Steam Plant in downtown Indianapolis from coal to natural gas, the utility announced Wednesday. The conversion will cost about $9 million.
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U.S. high court takes Indianapolis sewer case

November 15, 2011
Michael W. Hoskins,  IBJ Staff
The Supreme Court of the United States agreed Monday to review a case that questions whether the city of Indianapolis violated the U.S. Constitution in how it handled refunds for residents who paid assessments on local sewer projects.
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SEC filing: Ex-IPL chief Murtlow qualified for large payoutRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Power & Light chief Ann Murtlow left the utility this spring under terms of a separation agreement that would have entitled her to at least $404,410, according to documents the utility filed Nov. 3 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Indiana plant a drag on Duke Energy earnings

November 3, 2011
Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp.'s third-quarter earnings tumbled 30 percent, the company said Thursday, with energy consumption falling at the same time that costs rose unexpectedly for a new plant in Indiana.
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Zeroing in on net-zero energy in IndianapolisRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Marc D. Allan
The Holy Grail of energy efficiency has yet to arrive, but pieces are falling into place.
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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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LA firm to oversee construction of city's sewage tunnel

September 29, 2011
J.K. Wall
Aecom, a global firm that also is one of the companies rebuilding the World Trade Center site in New York City, designed the Deep Rock Tunnel Connector, the linchpin of a tunnel system the city will build to handle sewage overflows during rain storms.
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Duke to begin razing state's oldest coal plant

September 26, 2011
Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp. is preparing to demolish a coal-fired power plant that's Indiana's oldest electricity-generating plant of its kind.
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Critics seek conditions on Progress-Duke Energy merger

September 20, 2011
Associated Press
Charlotte-based Duke Energy and Raleigh-based Progress Energy want to combine into one company with more than 7 million customers in the Carolinas, Florida, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.
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Future of western Indiana power plant in doubt, Duke says

September 16, 2011
Associated Press
Duke Energy expects to close much of a coal-powered generating plant in western Indiana within the next few years.
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Citizens Energy gets interest-rate bargain on bonds sold for utility purchaseRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Stock-market swoon contributes to favorable terms on purchase of city's water, sewer systems.
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Indianapolis, Beech Grove settle utility billing feud

August 26, 2011
Indianapolis and Beech Grove wrapped up their decade-old dispute prior to the city's official transfer of its water and wastewater utilities to Citizens Energy Group.
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City plans to install solar panels at public works buildings

August 25, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The city has put out a request seeking companies or teams of firms qualified to install solar photovoltaic systems at three of its public works buildings and garages.
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Landmark water tower could be razed in Greenwood

August 14, 2011
Associated Press
A central Indiana water tower that once served as a local landmark for residents is being targeted for demolition because officials say it poses a safety hazard to a nearby airport.
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Utility locator U.S. Infrastructure Corp. buys Nebraska companyRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Company that recently moved from Carmel to Indianapolis extends its market to 29 states.
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Proposed wind farm seeking approval in Tipton

August 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
An energy company that wants to build a massive wind farm in central Indiana has taken another step toward that goal.
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Duke turns second-quarter profit on higher revenue

August 2, 2011
Bloomberg News
Duke Energy Corp., which is buying Progress Energy Inc. to become the largest U.S. utility owner, on Tuesday reported a second-quarter profit after a year-ago loss.
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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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Mayoral foe: Utilities sale money should fund 'human capital'

July 22, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Democratic mayoral candidate Melina Kennedy unveiled a proposal Friday to set aside $150 million in proceeds from the sale of the city's water and sewer utilities to fund early education, crime prevention and job training.
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States cut programs to help poor cool their homes

July 21, 2011
Associated Press
Many states hit hardest by this week's searing heat wave have drastically cut or entirely eliminated programs that help poor people pay their electric bills, forcing thousands to go without air conditioning when they need it most.
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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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  1. So much for Eric Holder's conversation about race. If white people have got something to say, they get sued over it. Bottom line: white people have un-freer speech than others as a consequence of the misnamed "Civil rights laws."

  2. I agree, having seen three shows, that I was less than wowed. Disappointing!!

  3. Start drilling, start fracking, and start using our own energy. Other states have enriched their citizens and nearly elminated unemployment by using these resources that are on private land. If you are against the 'low prices' of discount stores, the best way to allow shoppers more choice is to empower them with better earnings. NOT through manipulated gov mandated min wage hikes, but better jobs and higher competitive pay. This would be direct result of using our own energy resources, yet Obama knows that Americans who arent dependent of gov welfare are much less likely to vote Dem, so he looks for ways to ensure America's decline and keep its citizens dependent of gov.

  4. Say It Loud, I'm Black and Ashamed: It's too bad that with certain "black" entertainment events, it seems violence and thuggery follows and the collateral damage that it leaves behinds continues to be a strain on the city in terms of people getting hurt, killed or becoming victims of crimes and/or stretching city resources. I remember shopping in the Meadows area years ago until violence and crime ended make most of the business pack you and leave as did with Lafayette Square and Washington Square. Over the past 10 to 12 years, I remember going to the Indiana Black Expo Soul Picnic in Washington Park. Violence, gang fights and homicides ended that. My great grandmother still bears the scares on her leg from when she was trampled by a group of thugs running from gun fire from a rival gang. With hundreds of police offices downtown still multiple shootings, people getting shot downtown during Black Expo. A number of people getting shots or murdered at black clubs around the city like Club Six on the west side, The Industry downtown, Jamal Tinsley's shot out in front of the Conrad, multiple fights and shootings at the skating rinks, shootings at Circle Center Mall and shooting and robberies and car jackings at Lafayette Mall. Shootings and gang violence and the State Fair. I can go on and on and on. Now Broad Ripple. (Shaking head side to side) Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Ashamed.

  5. Ballard Administration. Too funny. This is the least fiscally responsive administration I have ever seen. One thing this article failed to mention, is that the Hoosier State line delivers rail cars to the Amtrak Beech Grove maintenance facility for refurbishment. That's an economic development issue. And the jobs there are high-paying. That alone is worth the City's investment.

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