Utilities

Agency: Duke customers shouldn't pay $530M in overruns

July 8, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor has filed a blistering rebuke of Duke Energy Corp. for the high cost of its Edwardsport coal-gasification plant and has asked regulators to deny Duke’s request to charge ratepayers $530 million for cost overruns.
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Vectren's plan to close field offices fuels complaint

June 7, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Unions and public safety officials allege the utility's move to home-based crews could delay responses to emergencies and reduce safety.
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Duke uncertain about impact of Indiana unit shutdown

June 6, 2011
Associated Press
Officials at Duke Energy don't know how soon they will be able to shut down two coal-burning units at a southern Indiana power plant after deciding to drop a multimillion-dollar project to convert them to natural gas.
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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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  1. These liberals are out of control. They want to drive our economy into the ground and double and triple our electric bills. Sierra Club, stay out of Indy!

  2. These activist liberal judges have gotten out of control. Thankfully we have a sensible supreme court that overturns their absurd rulings!

  3. Maybe they shouldn't be throwing money at the IRL or whatever they call it now. Probably should save that money for actual operations.

  4. For you central Indiana folks that don't know what a good pizza is, Aurelio's will take care of that. There are some good pizza places in central Indiana but nothing like this!!!

  5. I am troubled with this whole string of comments as I am not sure anyone pointed out that many of the "high paying" positions have been eliminated identified by asterisks as of fiscal year 2012. That indicates to me that the hospitals are making responsible yet difficult decisions and eliminating heavy paying positions. To make this more problematic, we have created a society of "entitlement" where individuals believe they should receive free services at no cost to them. I have yet to get a house repair done at no cost nor have I taken my car that is out of warranty for repair for free repair expecting the government to pay for it even though it is the second largest investment one makes in their life besides purchasing a home. Yet, we continue to hear verbal and aggressive abuse from the consumer who expects free services and have to reward them as a result of HCAHPS surveys which we have no influence over as it is 3rd party required by CMS. Peel the onion and get to the root of the problem...you will find that society has created the problem and our current political landscape and not the people who were fortunate to lead healthcare in the right direction before becoming distorted. As a side note, I had a friend sit in an ED in Canada for nearly two days prior to being evaluated and then finally...3 months later got a CT of the head. You pay for what you get...

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