Utilities

Insurer fires latest round in $125M utility case

September 25, 2009
Chris O'Malley
John Hancock Life Insurance Co. today asked a federal judge to force Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative to post an additional $20 million in escrow as the utility continues to challenge a $125 million claim against it by the New York-based insurer.
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Nucor Steel struggling to strike new power deal with Duke Energy

September 12, 2009
Chris O'Malley
After two years of fruitless negotiations, the Crawfordsville steel mill has asked the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to intervene. More than 700 jobs depend on Nucor and Duke striking a deal.
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Indianapolis utility could buy Lake Monroe water

August 26, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press, Associated Press
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. has agreed to a 20-year contract with a state agency to potentially draw millions of gallons of water from southern Indiana's Lake Monroe.
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Vote against 'cap and trade'Restricted Content

August 24, 2009
I urge Sen. Evan Bayh to vote against the “cap and trade” legislation pending in the Senate.
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Veolia appeals regulators' rate-hike decision

August 10, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Veolia Water Indianapolis, which manages the city’s water utility, has appealed an order issued by state utility regulators that limited a major rate increase sought by the city.
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City files complaint against Bright House Networks over unpaid feesRestricted Content

July 27, 2009
Chris O'Malley
A municipality has filed the first formal complaint against a cable television operator since state telecommunications reform three years ago unplugged local government oversight of operators.
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Duke considers taking carbon dioxide undergroundRestricted Content

July 13, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Duke Energy has proposed spending $121 million to study the feasibility of injecting carbon dioxide deep underground, adding 1 percent to the average ratepayer’s bill between 2010 and 2013.
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Utilities favor federal carbon dioxide permit-trading plan

July 6, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Resigned to inevitable government curbs on their carbon dioxide emissions, about all Indiana utilities could do was say which poison they'd prefer to swallow. They're closer to getting their favorite poison, with the U.S. House passage June 26 of a bill that would create a market for trading carbon dioxide permits.
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Telcos eye possible competition from electric utilitiesRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Chris O'Malley
A trade group for the state's telephone companies is wringing its hands over budding efforts of electric companies to offer so-called smart grids to better monitor and manage electric distribution.
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Indianapolis Waterworks' rate hike request excessive, critics sayRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Customer groups say an 18-percent rate hike sought by the Indianapolis Department of Waterworks is excessive even for a utility drowning in variable-rate bond debt that's swelled since financial markets collapsed.
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Indiana is first in nation for wind power growthRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
A report due out later this month will show that Indiana is the state growing wind power at the fastest rate in the nation.
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Cap and trade could be double-edged swordRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Mike Hicks
Cap and trade could lead us to a much cleaner, more prosperous future or it could devastate our economy.
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Railroad getting boost from mine in Sullivan CountyRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Indiana Railroad Co. has coupled onto its "largest single new business opportunity ever" with plans to serve Peabody Energy's new Bear Run Mine in Sullivan County, said IRR President and CEO Thomas G. Hoback.
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IPL's plan to stave off power plant upgrades would cost at least $31MRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Chris O'Malley
In a move to delay construction of expensive new generating capacity, Indianapolis Power & Light wants to roll out "smart" electric meters to help customers conserve electricity.
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Indianapolis' sewer project will be the city's biggest public works undertaking since the interstate highway systemRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Chris O'Malley

City engineers and consultants are fine-tuning plans to build a colossal tunnel to temporarily store water and raw sewage that now shoots into local waterways during rain storms.

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Advanced energy next focus for economic developmentRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership—the parent of the BioCrossroads, TechPoint and Conexus industry cluster initiatives—let it be known last month that there would be a fourth leg to its economic development stool: clean technology.
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Local contractors looking to sewer project to fill gap left by stadium, terminalRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Local contractors will be ready to pounce when bidding on the first parts of the combined overflow project begins in 2011.
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Judge clears Duke Energy attorneysRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Attorneys for Duke Energy, including its local counsel, won't face disciplinary actions over misrepresentations made about the status of a witness in a federal trial last May about air pollution violations.
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Groups seeks records tied to utility plant projectRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Four Indiana public interest groups are complaining Gov. Mitch Daniels is ignoring a public records request they made Oct. 29 regarding Daniels' support of a Duke Energy coal gasification plant being built in Edwardsport.
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Green bills sprout at StatehouseRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Legislation filed in the Indiana General Assembly this year seeks renewable energy mandates, stricter building codes throughout Indiana.
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Gas bills to rise in WestfieldRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Saying its expenses are rising, Citizens Energy Group wants to raise its natural-gas delivery charge for customers in Westfield.
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Duke Energy lawyers accused of deceitRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Chris O'Malley
U.S. District Court Judge Larry J. McKinney is threatening to suspend counsel for Duke Energy, including its local attorneys, from practicing in federal court after finding they misled Indianapolis jurors last May in a trial over air-pollution violations.
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Duke Energy CEO on 'elite' listRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
he CEO of the biggest electricity provider in Indiana has been ranked No. 50 on "The Global Elite" ranking of 50 influential individuals compiled by Newsweek.
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Something to think about as a new year dawnsRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Bruce Hetrick
I think about the economic crisis, the housing crisis, the climate crisis, the energy crisis, the automotive crisis, the Middle East crisis, the education crisis, the college affordability crisis and all the other crises — real, imagined and manufactured — and I wonder whether they'll drive us to the precipice, or even the apocalypse, and whether we'll change at the last minute, and, should we survive, whether we'll remember what we want to forget or forget what we want to remember.
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IU launches new energy research centerRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
IU has launched another energy research center, this time the Center for Research in Energy, administered by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, in Bloomington.
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