Utilities

Marion, four other Indiana counties exceed new EPA standard

July 31, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says parts of central Indiana's Marion and Morgan counties, southwestern Indiana's Daviess and Pike counties and western Indiana's Vigo County exceed the agency's beefed-up sulfur dioxide standard.
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Regulators: JPMorgan owes $410M for price manipulation

July 30, 2013
Associated Press
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the bank used improper bidding strategies to squeeze excessive payments from two power grid operators, including the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, which is based in Carmel.
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Citizens' CEO grilled on pay in rate-increase hearing

July 29, 2013
Dan Human
State utility regulators kicked off a week-long hearing Monday on a proposed water rate increase for Indianapolis residents by putting the CEO of Citizens Energy Group on the hot seat.
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Enviros: Proposed coal mine would threaten refuge

July 27, 2013
Associated Press
A proposed surface coal mine spanning 1,500 acres of southwestern Indiana's coal country would threaten an adjacent national wildlife refuge used by migratory birds, three environmental groups warn.
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Under-the-radar utility-locating firm scores nearly $1B saleRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Greg Andrews
Indianapolis-based United States Infrastructure Corp. just changed hands for the third time in five years—but not because it’s a hot potato nobody wants. Quite the contrary, as the latest sale price—nearly $1 billion—demonstrates.
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Three Indiana gas utilities face pipeline safety fines

July 26, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission says Northern Indiana Public Service Co., Vectren and Citizens Gas didn't follow procedures and keep accurate pipeline records.
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Buffett says coal’s decline in U.S. to be gradual, yet permanent

July 25, 2013
Bloomberg News
Coal use in the United States will continue to fall, though the slide will be gradual as electric utilities switch to cleaner alternatives over “years and years,” billionaire Warren Buffett said at an event in Carmel this week.
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NIPSCO planning $1B electrical upgrade project

July 24, 2013
Associated Press
The company has filed a request with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission for annual rate increases of about 1 percent from 2015 through 2020 for the work.
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Sprinkler system fee sparks battle in Bargersville

July 15, 2013
Associated Press
About 2,000 Bargersville Water Utility customers pay a $10-per-month fee for having an in-ground sprinkler system, generating $240,000 annually for the town, which enacted the fee in 1995.
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Carmel firm settles discrimination lawsuit for $90K

July 11, 2013
Mason King
A Carmel-based power-grid operator has agreed to pay $90,500 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit involving an employee who allegedly suffered from postpartum depression.
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Citizens Energy quizzed on exec pay levelsRestricted Content

July 6, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Citizens Energy Group has enjoyed a certain amount of public good will over the last 125 years as a not-for-profit, charitable trust. But rising incentive pay to the trust’s top brass recently has conjured up images of an investor-owned utility—and the scrutiny of regulators.
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TerraCom defends sales surge, strategy to state regulators

July 3, 2013
Dan Human
An executive for the phone service company told regulators Wednesday that the firm's depth of experience—not fraudulent tactics—led to the creation of 30,000 federally subsidized accounts last year.
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Indiana consumer group backing planned wind farm

July 1, 2013
Associated Press
A consumer advocacy group says opponents of proposed central Indiana wind farms are spreading misinformation about the electricity-generating turbines.
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Consumer agency: Citizens water rate hike 5 times too high

June 20, 2013
Dan Human
The state's utility consumer agency recommended Thursday that regulators significantly reduce Citizens Water's proposed rate hike for its 300,000 customers in Marion and surrounding counties.
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ProLiance Energy sold to Dallas company

June 19, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis-based ProLiance Energy, which has lost tens of millions of dollars in recent years amid falling natural gas prices, is being sold to Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners.
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Duke Energy names CFO to replace Rogers as chief exec

June 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
Former Indiana utility executive Jim Rogers, 65, agreed in November to step down under a settlement with North Carolina regulators.
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IPL credits $1B in Indiana investments with nabbing new U.S. hub

June 14, 2013
Dan Human
The state's corporate-friendly environmental policies aside, Indianapolis Power and Light Co.’s parent chose the city as its new center for U.S. operations largely because of the utility's billion-dollar upgrades.
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AES Corp. to locate U.S. operations HQ in Indianapolis

June 14, 2013
 IBJ Staff
AES Corp., the multinational parent of Indianapolis Power & Light Co., says the move will cost $1.2 million and create up to 100 jobs by the end of 2014.
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IPL parent eyes Indy for corporate services hub

June 13, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
AES Corp., based in Arlington, Va., has been considering Indianapolis as the hub for a new shared-services center, and is planning a major economic development announcement in the city on Friday.
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Troubled Indiana gasification plant begins operation

June 10, 2013
Associated Press
Duke Energy said that its $3.5 billion, high-tech 618-megawatt plant near Vincennes will produce 10 times as much power as a former plant but emit about 70 percent less pollution.
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Citizens steam users could see hike as high as 23 percent

June 10, 2013
Mason King
A vast majority of the 185 downtown-based steam-service customers of Citizens Energy Group would pay at least 12.9 percent to 23 percent more under a rate-increase proposal.
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Crew making quick progress on Citizens Energy sewage tunnelRestricted Content

June 8, 2013

The Deep Rock Tunnel is the largest public-works project in the city’s history, and Citizens customers are already paying for the first phase, which cost $444 million.

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Indiana court wades into coal gas plant dispute

June 6, 2013
Associated Press
The state Supreme Court agreed Thursday to step into a legal fight between backers and opponents of a proposed $2.8 billion coal-gasification plant in southwestern Indiana.
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Downtown steam-plant customers face steep rate increase

June 6, 2013
 IBJ Staff
About 200 downtown business and industrial customers would pay an average of 12.9 percent more for steam services under a rate-increase proposal by Citizens Energy Group.
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Miller Pipeline plans $5.3M expansion, more jobs

June 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based subsidiary of Vectren Corp. plans to construct a 52,000-square-foot building at its 34-acre corporate campus at 8850 Crawfordsville Road.
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