Utilities

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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Central Indiana county leaders back reservoir study

May 21, 2013
Associated Press
The Delaware County commissioners on Monday endorsed a resolution supporting environmental and engineering studies for the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir.
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Proposed requirements could sink Muncie-area wind farm

May 19, 2013
A central Indiana official says the tough conditions opponents of a planned wind farm are seeking for the project would leave little room for the proposed power-generating wind turbines.
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Greenfield plant transforms waste into fertilizer

May 9, 2013
Associated Press
Spring gardeners, lawn manicurists and nursery folk of all varieties on the hunt for cheap fertilizer this planting season need look no farther than the Greenfield's wastewater treatment facility.
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Central Indiana county not blocking wind farm plans

May 7, 2013
Associated Press
Delaware County commissioners decided Monday that they won't take immediate action on a moratorium to block a proposed wind farm.
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Indiana firms lose ground on Fortune 500 list

May 7, 2013
Mason King
Five of the six Hoosier firms that appear in the 2013 rankings slipped from their positions in last year's list of the largest U.S. companies.
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IPL's $631M power plant to start construction in 2014

May 1, 2013
Mason King
Plans for the plant, officially announced Wednesday, call for an environmentally friendly facility outside of Martinsville that could produce 650 megawatts of power. Construction could employ 660 workers.
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Developers suspend most Rockport gas plant work

April 30, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gasification project manager Mark Lubbers told the Evansville Courier & Press that neither the General Assembly nor Gov. Mike Pence support the project.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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