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Electric vehicles gain traction in regionRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis has one of the highest concentrations of plug-in electric vehicle drivers in the nation, an industry official says.
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Massive wind farm planned north of Indianapolis

May 31, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A Chicago-based wind-farm developer is planning a $175 million farm about 45 miles north of Indianapolis that will span parts of Madison, Tipton, Grant and Howard counties.
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IPL exec promoted to CEO

May 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
After about a month as interim CEO, Indianapolis Power & Light Co. executive Ken Zagzebski has won the job for good.
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City seeks bids for $300M sewage tunnel system

May 9, 2011
Cory Schouten
City officials are seeking bidders for the first phase of Indianapolis' largest-ever public works project, an underground tunnel system equipped to store millions of gallons of raw sewage and prevent the excrement from flowing into local waterways.
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Duke Energy quarterly profit rises almost 15 percent

May 3, 2011
Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp.'s first-quarter earnings rose almost 15 percent on strong results from its international operations and lower corporate costs.
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Watchdog: State agency heads colluded on gas deal

May 2, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission chief David Hardy and the state's then-finance director, Jennifer Alvey, improperly discussed the merits of a $6.9 billion contract the Indiana Finance Authority ultimately struck with operators of the Indiana Gasification plant proposed for Rockport, plant opponents alleged Monday.
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Controversial utility bill heads to governor

May 2, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Opponents say the legislation shifts clean-energy risks to ratepayers and protects utility shareholders. Utilities say they need the legislation to help them comply with federal pollution mandates.
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Citizens Energy Group pipelines pass internal review mandated by feds

April 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Citizens has more than 120 miles of transmission pipe and hundreds of miles of gas service lines.
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Industrial support for utility sale to cost $1.5 million

April 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The price to get big industrial firms like Eli Lilly and Co., National Starch and Rolls-Royce Corp. to support the sale of the city’s water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy Group is at least $1.5 million.
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Think hopes to boost sales through Indiana rebate

April 27, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Electric car maker Think hopes to kick-start sluggish sales through a rebate program available only to Indiana residents.
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Citizens CEO making more than peers at bigger utilities

April 23, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Citizens Energy Group CEO Carey Lykins' 2010 pay package, salary and bonus, totaled $1.6 million, more than his counterparts at the three largest municipal gas utilities in the country.
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Settlement caps Citizens Energy customers' deal feesRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Ratepayers would pay no more than $14 million to cover charges associated with Citizens' purchase of Indianapolis water and sewer utilities. Some say the capped amount is too much.
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AES buying DPL in $3.5 billion utility deal

April 20, 2011
Associated Press
AES, which owns Indianapolis Power & Light, is just the latest energy company attempting to bulk up with rising costs from new environmental regulations on the horizon.
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Indiana lawmakers push voluntary renewable standards

April 17, 2011
Associated Press
Senate Bill 251, which passed the Indiana House Utilities and Energy committee Friday, calls for a voluntary goal of producing 10 percent of the state's electricity from renewable energy resources by 2025.
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Indianapolis Power & Light announces environmental grants

April 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Projects involving youth received the biggest chunk of money this year from the Golden Eagle Environmental Grants program.
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Storms drafted ethics memo on own case at IURC

April 14, 2011
Associated Press
Former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission counsel Scott Storms spoke out for the first time publicly on ethics charges brought against him, denying allegations that there was a conflict of interest in how he handled cases involving Duke Energy.
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Citizens Energy agrees to document utility savings

April 13, 2011
Associated Press
A not-for-profit public trust that wants to buy Indianapolis' water and sewer utilities has agreed to document all of the savings it says the $1.9 billion deal would create. State regulators still must approve the transaction.
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Gas distributors oppose $2.7B Rockport gasification plantRestricted Content

April 2, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Six gas-distribution companies have urged regulators to reject a state plan that would force residential natural-gas customers to effectively subsidize a $2.7 billion coal gasification project proposed for Rockport.
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IPL chief Murtlow leaving electric utility April 1

March 21, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. CEO Ann D. Murtlow will leave her position April 1, the electric utility announced Monday afternoon.
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Banks OK with 'clean energy financing districts'Restricted Content

March 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Industry feared original bill would have put mortgage lenders at added risk.
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Feds call Indianapolis Power & Light coal-ash ponds 'high hazard'Restricted Content

March 12, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The Environmental Protection Agency and the local utility are at odds over the condition of the ponds and the extent of remediation that is necessary.
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Indiana experts weigh in on environmental issuesRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
A panel discussion includes topics ranging from green power initiatives and hybrid cars to landfill policies and environmental regulations.
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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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Hancock County utilities take on new name

February 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The merged Hancock Telecom and Central Indiana Power have become NineStar Connect.
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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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