Utilities

Indiana House amends bill to end efficiency program

February 25, 2014
Associated Press
TThe House voted 66-30 to amend the bill with language that prohibits the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission from extending or entering into contracts for Energizing Indiana's statewide energy efficiency program after Dec. 31
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Climate case at Supreme Court looks at EPA's power

February 24, 2014
Associated Press
The Obama administration is squaring off at the Supreme Court with industry groups and Republican-led states, including Indiana, over a small but important program aimed at limiting power-plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for global warming.
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Two former IURC workers named to utility commission

February 24, 2014
Jessica Wray, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission openings generated heavy interest. Gov. Mike Pence added a second round of interviews in order to hear from 21 candidates.
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Rockport plant might not be dead, after all

February 17, 2014
Dan Human
A controversial power plant planned for southern Indiana has quickly and quietly moved forward after developers said they no longer planned to pursue the project.
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Bottleneck bedevils Indiana's mighty wind turbinesRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Dan Human
Lack of transmission lines keeps green energy from flowing to the Midwest.
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Pence cracks door to electricity deregulationRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Pence administration is discussing whether to include electric-utility deregulation in a new state energy policy, making Indiana one of the few states since California’s electricity crisis to consider opening its market to competition.
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Industry group says Indiana added 960 solar jobs

February 11, 2014
Associated Press
Tuesday's annual report by The Solar Foundation said Indiana saw a 178-percent increase in solar-industry jobs from 2012 to 2013.
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Former Indiana regulatory attorney reprimanded

February 6, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court has publicly reprimanded a former regulatory attorney for negotiating a job for himself with Duke Energy Corp. while presiding over a case involving a Duke project.
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Duke Energy Indiana seeks solar power proposals

February 6, 2014
Associated Press
Duke Energy Indiana is taking proposals for solar power projects called for under a settlement the utility reached last year with consumer groups.
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Indiana Michigan Power plans $500M in improvements

February 5, 2014
Associated Press
A utility that provides electricity for more than 582,000 homes and businesses in Indiana and Michigan has begun a $500 million project to improve infrastructure over the next eight years.
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Gas utilities warn of big January bill increases

January 30, 2014
Dan Human
Natural gas customers in central Indiana will pay $30 to $50 more than a year ago when they receive their January gas bills because of the unusually cold weather.
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Propane shortage hits Indiana sellers, customers hard

January 29, 2014
Associated Press
Central Indiana propane dealers are rationing their inventories to help supplies last and transporting propane here from as far away as Mississippi, Kansas and South Carolina. An estimated 500,000 Hoosiers rely on propane to heat their homes.
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Utility regulatory openings generate heavy interest

January 27, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Twenty-one candidates are in the running to fill two openings on the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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Propane costs soar amid winter supply squeeze

January 25, 2014
Associated Press
Many distributors in the Midwest are limiting the amount of propane they deliver to customers. And the Indiana attorney general's office is urging Hoosiers to conserve the amount of propane used to heat their homes.
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NiSource's pipelines make it a prime takeover target

January 20, 2014
Bloomberg News
NiSource, which operates the largest natural gas distribution company and second largest electric distribution company in the state, could be acquired by a company seeking to profit from the shale-gas boom.
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Gas leak prompts downtown evacuations

January 20, 2014
Associated Press
Streets were closed Monday morning near the Central Library as utility crews tried to suss out the cause of the leak.
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Two groups challenge Indiana coal-gasification permit

January 15, 2014
Associated Press
The Sierra Club and Valley Watch want an administrative law judge to strike down the Department of Environmental Management's December decision to extend Indiana Gasification's permit until June 27.
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Two of three Pyramids buildings to open following main break

January 10, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin, Scott Olson
Water issues have caused numerous problems for businesses around the city in the wake of this week's winter storm.
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Fewer than 5,000 utility customers still without power

January 8, 2014
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The combined outages were down from more than 40,000 power outages Monday after temperatures plunged into the negative teens.
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Thousands still without power amid bitter cold

January 6, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis-area power companies called in hundreds of out-of-town workers, many from out of state, to repair downed lines amid Monday’s record-setting cold. About 20,000 customers still lacked power late Monday.
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More than 40,000 power outages around Indiana

January 6, 2014
Associated Press
The largest number of outages was in Indianapolis, where nearly 27,000 homes and businesses were reported without electricity Monday morning by Indianapolis Power & Light.
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Report: Indiana power rates to rise a third by 2023

December 31, 2013
Associated Press
The report by the State Utility Forecasting Group projects that Indiana's electricity rates will increase by 32 percent from 2013 to 2023, driven upward by new federal pollution restrictions and other factors.
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Citizens warns of higher home gas bills in January

December 31, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The typical heating bill last January was $146.30, according to the utility. Next month, assuming normal temperatures, the bill will rise to $156.80.
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Better homes and gadgets: Household power use falls

December 31, 2013
Associated Press
Even though our lives are more wired than ever, power usage is on track to decline for the third year in a row due to more energy-efficient housing, appliances and consumer-friendly devices.
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Citizens Energy reports $81M loss, lower executive pay

December 19, 2013
Dan Human
The 2013 loss was far greater than the $11.8 million in red ink Citizens reported in fiscal 2012. Meanwhile, CEO Carey Lykins' annual compensation dropped $1 million, to $1.9 million.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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