Utilities

Scandal fallout plagues Duke Energy's Edwardsport project

October 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Regulatory proceedings involving the coal gasification plant are being delayed while investigations continue over conflicts of interest at the IURC.
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Veolia losing water contract, will get $29M termination fee

October 28, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Playing a limited role under Indianapolis Water's new owner, Citizens Energy, wouldn't be profitable, Veolia says. Citizens plans to make job offers to "substantially all" Veolia employees.
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IURC to re-examine Duke project amid ethics flap

October 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
The commission is summoning the CEO of North Carolina-based Duke Energy to justify the $2.9 billion Edwardsport plant on the same day the state ethics board filed formal charges against a former IURC attorney hired by Duke.
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Heating bills should be cheaper this winter, utility says

October 13, 2010
Citizens Energy Group projects that the gas bill of its average residential customer will decline about 7 percent over the winter heating season. The utility said a customer who uses the typical amount of natural gas will spend $580, down from $620 last season.
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Duke Energy wins verdict reversal in clean-air case

October 13, 2010
Bloomberg News
The renovations complied with Indiana's plan for implementing the federal Clean Air Act, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago said in Tuesday's ruling.
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Duke Energy names interim president amid probe

October 12, 2010
Scott Olson
Decision to replace Indiana CEO Mike Reed, who has been placed on administrative leave, follows a state investigation into an ethics controversy involving Duke that resulted in the dismissal of the chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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IPL chief Ann Murtlow is 'personable' power

October 9, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Mutlow_WatchVideoAnn Murtlow's ability to connect with employees and the community has helped her thrive in a male-dominated field. She is one of a only a handful of women in the country to lead utilities.
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Regulators postpone Duke hearing amid scandal

October 6, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission canceled a hearing set for Thursday on Duke Energy Corp.'s controversial Edwardsport power plant amid a conflict-of-interest scandal that cost the agency's chief his job.
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Duke Energy puts local CEO on leave amid state probe

October 5, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Duke Energy Corp. placed Mike Reed, CEO of its Indiana operations, on administrative leave Tuesday afternoon amid a state investigation that involves the company and resulted in the dismissal of the chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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Indiana utilities commissioner fired after ethics probe

October 5, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Daniels administration alleges Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission chairman David Lott Hardy knew an administrative law judge was talking with Duke Energy Corp. about a job even as he presided over a Duke case.
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Customer-service jobs likely casualty in utility merger

October 4, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Consultant finds 23 or so customer-service jobs may be unneeded after Citizens Energy acquires city water and sewer utilities. Administrative jobs may also be on bubble, though most savings are from capital-related expenses.
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Consumer groups call for Duke to cancel Edwardsport project

September 25, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A proposed settlement between the utility and industrial customers would temporarily cap the cost of the plant, which is $1 billion more than initial estimates.
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IPL identifies locations for electric car charging stationsRestricted Content

September 18, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The utility plans an aggressive rollout of charging stations with the imminent arrival of electric cars, such as the Nissan Leaf, due in showrooms this December.
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Indiana panel's proposal would expand net metering

September 7, 2010
Associated Press
The draft net metering rule would boost the state's power cap for renewable power units and expand it to all customer classes served by electric utilities.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: IPL chief takes charge

September 1, 2010
Mason King
Mutlow watch videoAnn Murtlow describes taking control of the troubled utility and how she handles the demands of serving on a dozen different boards.
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Smooth utility deal carries potential bonus for cityRestricted Content

August 21, 2010
Chris O'Malley
If Citizens Energy can successfully manage and mitigate over the next two years the city's lingering legal and contractual obligations involving the water and sewer utilities Citizens is negotiating to buy, the city can hang onto an extra $25 million in the deal.
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City lands $13.8M more than expected from water deal

August 19, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The city's AAA bond rating boosts proceeds to $153.8 million. It originally expected $140 million for street, bridge and sidewalk projects.
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Battery-maker EnerDel eyes utility power-storage marketRestricted Content

August 14, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Locally based EnerDel Inc. has been riding high on prospects its lithium-ion batteries will be in hot demand to power plug-in electric vehicles, but another market might be larger. A Piper Jaffray report estimates the global market for batteries used to store electricity on utility power grids could be $600 billion over 10 years.
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Indiana counselor 'deeply concerned' about Duke plant

August 9, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor David Stippler's comments came four months after Duke Energy revealed the cost of its southwestern Indiana plant had grown to nearly $2.9 billion, or about twice the project's original 2007 estimate.
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EDITORIAL: City needs to keep momentum from utilities deal

July 31, 2010
We’re happy to see that partisanship didn’t sink Mayor Greg Ballard’s plan to sell Indianapolis’ water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy Group. Now city leaders need to make sure they spend the money wisely.
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Council advances utilities transfer proposal

July 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
City-County Council members voted 19-10 Monday night to approve Republican Mayor Greg Ballard’s $1.9 billion plan to transfer Indianapolis’ water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy Group.
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Key vote ahead for utilities transfer

July 26, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A plan to transfer the city's water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy Group faces a key vote Monday night at a meeting of the City-County Council.
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Water, sewer utility sale passes another hurdle

July 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Sale of city's water and sewer utilities faces showdown on Monday with full council vote.
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Proposed air pollution rule could cost utilitiesRestricted Content

July 17, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Indiana’s utilities are scrambling to assess the cost of tighter air pollution limits proposed this month by the Environmental Protection Agency that could drive up electric rates.
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Wind energy transmission raises equity questions

July 10, 2010
Associated Press
Transmission lines costing about $16 billion are needed to move wind energy into the electric grid. But the cost has sparked a debate over who should pay for getting the power from where it is made to where it is consumed.
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