Utilities

Eco groups divided over gasification: New power plant has many critics, but some say it's a necessary stepRestricted Content

September 15, 2008
Chris O\'malley
One might think a technology promising greener electric generation would please most environmentalists. Duke Energy Corp.'s 630-megawatt coal-gasification plant, scheduled to go online in Edwardsport in 2012, is expected to emit less sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulates than the smaller, 1940s-era plant it replaces-while generating 10 times as much electricity. However, more than a dozen Indiana and national advocacy groups are decrying the $2.3 billion plant being footed mostly by ratepayers, claiming it will raise emissions of greenhouse gas...
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Citizens' new name is a gas-in a way: Parent company of local utility adds 'energy' to its moniker to reflect diversity of operationsRestricted Content

August 25, 2008
Chris O\'malley
Citizens Gas & Coke Utility on Aug. 25 will announce a new name and logo that reflect the diversification of its energy businesses and the closure last year of its 98-year-old foundry coke plant. Citizens Energy Group will be the name of the parent, a utility founded 120 years ago. Two units-Citizens Gas and Citizens Thermal-will retain their names. But a third, Citizens By-Products, will be renamed Citizens Resources. "We're entering a new era," said Citizens President and CEO Carey...
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Alternative-energy company eyes Indiana for 4 wind farmsRestricted Content

August 11, 2008
Cory Schouten

Alternative-energy giant Horizon Wind Energy is opening an Indianapolis office focused on developing up to four new wind farms in Indiana at a cost of more than $2 billion. The Houston-based company is renovating space on the top floor of the 12-story J.F. Wild Building at 129 E. Market St., where it plans to manage development of new wind farms in Indiana and Ohio.

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Reducing carbon emissions could send state power prices soaringRestricted Content

June 16, 2008
Chris O'Malley
A report from Purdue University suggests industrial customers in Indiana could see disproportional rate increases in the years ahead as the state's coal-intensive electric utilities are forced to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
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Revival in nuclear energy puts engineers in demand: Purdue concerned about possible shortage in fieldRestricted Content

May 26, 2008
Scott Olson
A renewed interest in nuclear energy coming at the same time aging workers are leaving the industry has created the elements for a shortage of nuclear engineers. Nuclear energy as an electricity source is enjoying a resurgence nearly 30 years after a reactor meltdown at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania severely tarnished the industry's image. Escalating oil prices and stiffening environmental regulations on coal-based systems are helping to spawn the rebirth of nuclear technology. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in...
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Energy savings program may not be bright idea: Duke ratepayer groups question complex payment planRestricted Content

April 14, 2008
Chris O\'malley
Duke Energy ratepayers have asked regulators for more time to study what they describe as an "unprecedented" way of paying for an energy-efficiency program the utility is proposing. They are concerned it might be a better deal for shareholders than customers. North Carolina-based Duke proposed its "save-a-watt" program last fall, arguing it will boost by more than 10 times the energy savings over existing efficiency options for its 777,000 Indiana customers. The program would offer such things as compact fluorescent...
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Acquisitions make Carmel company nation's largest underground utility locatorRestricted Content

April 7, 2008
Chris O'Malley
A former Indianapolis Water executive who spent the last six years helping the United Nations find food for the starving has returned and assembled the country's largest underground utility locator company.
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Charities are feeling pain of gas price spike: Groups scrambling for volunteers, dollars to beef up transportationRestricted Content

March 31, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
With gas prices on the rise-and expected to reach $4 a gallon this summer-local not-for-profits are losing volunteers and throwing money at skyrocketing transportation budgets. Indianapolis Meals on Wheels Inc. Executive Director Barb Morris is used to fielding calls from reporters whenever gas prices fluctuate. In the past, she quashed their theory that high prices at the pump drove away volunteers. Not now, though. "If you'd asked me four or five months ago, I would have said, 'Absolutely not,'" Morris...
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New utility consumer counselor is no stranger: Former Ameritech lawyer may have to reach out and touch consumer watchdogsRestricted Content

March 31, 2008
Chris O\'malley
Consumer groups didn't get a ponytailed zealot to head the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor. No surprise there. Gov. Mitch Daniels has been fond of appointing ex-industry insiders to lead agencies charged with monitoring those same industries. What the OUCC gets in former Ameritech attorney David Stippler is, at the very least, a man who already knows the utility industry in Indiana. The Evansville native has argued before its regulatory agencies for many years. "They don't have to forge a...
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Legislators tackle range of business-related measures:Restricted Content

March 24, 2008
Property tax reform took center stage during the just-completed session of the Indiana General Assembly. But lawmakers also grappled with a host of other measures with business implications. A roundup appears below. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT One of the session's most divisive issues-whether to penalize companies that hire illegal immigrants-died during the waning hours. Under the legislation, introduced by Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, companies could have had their business licenses suspended, or revoked after three instances. The Senate and House passed...
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VIEWPOINT: Indianapolis' utility acne syndromeRestricted Content

March 24, 2008
Tom Henderson
It took decades of turning a blind eye to get here: Indianapolis has draped itself in utility poles. Walk, ride, jog or drive to any major street in Indianapolis, with the exceptions of a few designated boulevards, streets and avenues. Take a mental picture of where you are. Now, with Photoshop in your mind, remove the web of utility poles and wires from that picture and quickly open your eyes. We're visually strangled by them. Few streets are exempt from...
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Citizens drops plan to use synthetic gas: Indianapolis utility says it can tap other suppliers and pay favorable pricesRestricted Content

March 10, 2008
Chris O\'malley
Citizens Gas has closed the valve on plans to buy synthetic natural gas from a $1.5 billion coal gasification plant slated for southwestern Indiana, leaving two other Indiana utilities as the initial customers. The Indianapolis gas utility attributed the pullout to the diversification of its gas supply since the Indiana Gasification LLC project was announced in October 2006. Citizens also signaled it would look at buying more supply through a gas purchasing authority it and two other municipal utilities created...
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Office tower bounces back: Renovated National City Center recovering from loss of SimonRestricted Content

February 25, 2008
Scott Olson
Once reeling from the loss of its largest tenant, National City Center now has a rising occupancy rate amid a major renovation that is resuscitating the aging office building. Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. vacated 182,000 square feet in National City Center by moving to its new headquarters a block away in the fall of 2006. The departure left the 16-story tower at the southwest corner of Washington and Illinois streets 28-percent unoccupied after years of being nearly full. Owner...
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Uphill battle ahead: State poses tough test for new enviro leaderRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Chris O\'malley
By the time Jesse Kharbanda earned a Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford, the University of Chicago student already knew he wanted to advocate environmental policies in the developing world, someday. Eight years later, some might say Kharbanda has landed in the developing world, all right-Indiana, insofar as it's considered the backwater of environmental stewardship. One might recall the state's 49thplace ranking in a 2007 review of "greenest" states by Forbes magazine. Only West Virginia-a national leader in illiteracy-scored worse....
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: The right time for climate change may finally be hereRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Don Altemeyer
While the world's political climate is heating up, its economic climate is cooling down. Meanwhile, the real climate is finally getting the attention it really deserves, as the "tipping point" has been reached. Green is everywhere these days. New York Times For homes that no longer grow in value. If the personal consumption rates in China rose to the levels of the United States, annual oil consumption in the world would go up more than 100 percent! Oil consumption in...
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Bills would require utilities to reduce reliance on coalRestricted Content

January 21, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Two bills in the Indiana Legislature would require utilities that operate here to supply up to 25 percent of their electricity from renewable resources such as wind, landfill gas, and plant and animal waste. Backers say utilities need more incentive to diversify from coal-based power generation.
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New steam plant could propel Speedway revivalRestricted Content

December 31, 2007
Chris O'Malley
A unit of Citizens Gas proposes building a natural-gas-fueled steam plant in Speedway to serve large employers in the town of 12,800.
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RETURN ON TECHNOLOGY: The worst of this year's technology snafusRestricted Content

December 24, 2007
Tim Altom
Another year gone, and yet another Christmas gift for you. Every year, I collect examples of utterly horrendous technological snafus and write about them. No matter how awful your own meltdowns may have been, they can't have been as bad as these, so enter the new year with a light heart. The first example of disaster is fresh in the news still, at least in reports from the British Broadcasting Corp. The English government has lost disks with personal information...
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eGix buyout sets up Bell battleRestricted Content

December 17, 2007
Scott Olson
The fiercely competitive local telecommunications landscape should get even more heated, following Cincinnati Bell Inc.'s $18 million acquisition of Carmel-based eGix Inc. eGix provides bundled voice and data services, as well as high-speed Internet access and messaging products, to about 17,000 commercial customers.
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Biz issues move to back seat: Property-tax reform leaves little time for other workRestricted Content

December 10, 2007
Scott Olson
Reforming the state's property tax system will consume so much of the legislative session that the Indiana General Assembly isn't expected to give much attention to other issues pertinent to the business community. Compounding matters is the fact that the session, which runs from mid-January to mid-March, is of the short variety, meaning legislators have less time to debate issues than they would during the long, odd-year meetings. "I think [property tax reform] is the most intense and voluminous issue...
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EYE ON THE PIE: Are unions really that important?Restricted Content

December 10, 2007
Morton Marcus
Uncle Uriah Marcus visited us on Thanksgiving. It took over a week to recover. He blames "the @#%$# unions" for most of our state's woes. Uncle Uriah asserts "them big unions scares businesses away from Indiannie." A sample of his views: High property taxes: It's the teachers' union's fault because teachers keep pushing up their earnings and reducing their responsibility. Congestion in cities: Bus workers' unions keep fares too high for anyone to ride the bus. The battle between the...
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Niche firms thrive despite anonymity: Some small businesses don't need storefronts to keep customers comingRestricted Content

November 26, 2007
Marc D.
Whimsical Whisk isn't your neighborhood bakery. Pastry chef Clare Welage never wanted it to be. She started the patisserie in 2004 with plans to differentiate herself from the competition by making desserts from scratch using all-natural ingredients, designing items specifically for the customer and-just as important-going without a storefront. "I've always felt that if you open up a storefront and you have a specialty product, something somewhere gets compromised," Welage said. "Ultimately, it's the quality of the product or it's...
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Union says utility owes $115MRestricted Content

November 19, 2007
Chris O'Malley
In a case with huge financial implications for Indianapolis Power & Light and Virginia parent AES Corp., a labor union and 16 IPL retirees have asked regulators to force the utility to pay up to $115 million to back-fund a retirement plan it spun off in 2001.
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Power plant opponents claim Duke, governor interfered: IURC head received letter, press release referring to Edwardsport projectRestricted Content

October 22, 2007
Chris O\'malley
Groups opposing Duke Energy's coal gasification plant proposed for Edwardsport allege the utility and Gov. Mitch Daniels tried to sway regulators with improper contact and political pressure to get the $2 billion plant approved. They "are clearly trying to back-door the public decision-making process," said Jerry Polk, an attorney representing a group led by Citizens Action Coalition. Polk this month filed a complaint with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, citing a Sept. 25 letter an executive from Duke's Charlotte, N.C.,...
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Ex-Duke exec, wife tackle senior housing: Horns have nationwide plans for The Stratford Cos.Restricted Content

October 22, 2007
Scott Olson
Richard and Wendy Horn have had their share of separate real estate successes. Now, they've combined their corporate talents as a husband-and-wife team to lead an upstart senior housing developer. Richard joined The Stratford Cos. in May 2006 as chairman and CEO, and has since moved its headquarters from St. Louis to Indianapolis' north side in Parkwood Crossing. He is known within commercial real estate circles as a former veteran of Duke Realty Corp., where he enjoyed a two-year stint...
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