Utilities

State cites Veolia Water over safety concerns

May 17, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Veolia Water is contesting three "serious" safety penalties involving a gas line strike. IOSHA alleges utility failed to instruct employees and properly determine location of lines.
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IPL settles $190M dispute, resumes wind farm project

May 17, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Power & Light tilted at wind farm developer by terminating its contract. Now a new agreement avoids the potential $190 million in damages enXco sought against the local utility.
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DUNN: Let's utilize Indiana's energy resources

May 15, 2010
Peter Dunn
Recent events in the Gulf of Mexico have placed considerable focus on the everyday contributions the men and women in the oil and natural gas industry make to help fuel and power our way of life.
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Duke Energy downsizes smart-grid plansRestricted Content

May 15, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Duke Energy has dramatically scaled back its proposed "smart" electric grid rollout, five months after regulators rejected an initial, $445 million plan.
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Private water, sewer utilities propose sale to Cumberland

May 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Gem Utilities Inc. and Gem Water Inc. have offered their sewer and water operations to the town of Cumberland for $6 million.
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Mayor unveils infrastructure-improvement plan details

May 11, 2010
City would use $425 million expected from selling the city's water and sewer utilities to Citizens Energy Group to upgrade city streets, sidewalks and bridges.
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Waterworks board wants outside review of mayor's utility plan

April 23, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The waterworks board's plan to hire outside consultants to study the proposed sale of Indianapolis Water could delay the deal.
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Carbon storage presents prickly trade-offsRestricted Content

April 17, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Not only are utilities grappling with how to pull carbon from their coal-fired emissions, but they also crave certainty about where to put the carbon. With minimal information available about Indiana's deep subsurface , much remains to be done to determine where and at what scale the practice could be deployed here.
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Utilities face conundrum with carbon dioxide emissionsRestricted Content

April 17, 2010
Chris O'Malley
So-called carbon capture and sequestration, or CCS, is seen by some in the utility business as a potential salvation for coal. But utilities may face a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you don't scenario.
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HENDERSON: The real reasons not to merge utilities

April 10, 2010
Tom Henderson
Part of the overall utility problem is that lack of government oversight and public policy vision has made Indianapolis one of the highest-polluting and just plain ugliest cities in the Midwest.
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City approval of Citizens Energy deal could come in May

April 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Citizens Energy should have completed the majority of its due diligence of the city’s water and sewer utilities, which it plans to acquire, by the end of this month.
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Ballard mimics Major Moves infrastructure-improvement plan

April 3, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
So far, in discussing his plan to sell the city's water and sewer utilities, Mayor Greg Ballard has emphasized the impact on utility rates, the $1.5 billion in city debt Citizens would assume, and the chance to improve streets and sidewalks. But Ballard also has another key objective: business attraction and expansion.
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City utility deal treads in murky watersRestricted Content

April 3, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A $1.9 billion proposal to sell the city’s water and sewer utilities splashed into public view last month, but some financial details settling at the bottom line could make the deal harder to swallow.
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Department of Waterworks chief to address canal concerns

March 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Matthew Klein has agreed to serve on a panel discussion concerning the canal: “Indy’s Central Canal—public resource or private pipeline?” during the Indiana University Law Environmental Symposium, April 1 at IUPUI’s Inlow Hall.
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Citizens says buying water, sewer systems won't harm bond ratingRestricted Content

March 13, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Citizens Energy Group's plan to buy the city's water and sewer systems will require the utility to raise $262 million in new bond debt and inherit $1.5 billion in debt. Yet Citizens executives maintain the financial load should not impair the bond ratings of its principal utilities, Citizens Gas and Citizens Thermal.
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Official: Promised rate reduction key in $1.9B city water, sewer deal

March 10, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Cost savings from combining three utilities helped give Citizens Energy Group an advantage in the deal to take over Indianapolis' water and sewer operations, said Michael Huber, the city’s director of enterprise development.
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PANEL: Progress is being made on environmental issues in state

March 6, 2010
New Watch Video iconExperts say Indianapolis is moving forward on recycling, that environmental research is discovering promising technologies, and that manufacturers are finding new things to make. Local cognoscenti from the green community testify to these developments in five included videos.
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IPL retirees, union continue fight over plan funding

March 3, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Retirees re-energize legal battle against IPL, seek rehearing in Court of Appeals over post-retirement funding case that could cost utility $100 million.
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Regulatory job prompts Mays to resign as Recorder publisher

February 24, 2010
Carolene Mays plans to leave the Indianapolis newspaper after being named to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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Mays named to Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

February 17, 2010
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels has appointed former Democratic state Rep. Carolene Mays of Indianapolis to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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IPL sues engineering consultant over Eagle Valley discharge

February 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Power and Light Co. is suing its engineering consultant over an industrial accident that spilled 30 million gallons of polluted water into White River.
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IPL retirees lose appeal over retirement benefits

January 29, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Indiana Court of Appeals upholds utility commission ruling favorable to IPL. Although court does "not condone" IPL's action in the retirement benefits case, it gives deference to the commission.
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Bill would give CO2 pipeline firms right to take private land

January 25, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A consumer group opposing Senate Bill 115 argues the measure is yet another concession to the developer of a coal-to-methane plant proposed in Rockport.
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Duke Energy to trim Midwest work force, expenses

January 19, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Duke Energy is offering buyouts to employees as it moves some corporate functions performed in two Midwest offices, including its central Indiana office in Plainfield.
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With utilities under pressure, shareholders unite

January 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Utility Shareholders Association aims to be the “collective voice” of investors in four of the big utilities operating in Indiana.
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