Utilities

Indiana announces proposed Duke Energy settlement

April 30, 2012
Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp. has agreed to cap the cost of its troubled coal-gasification plant in southwestern Indiana at $2.6 billion, or about $700 million less than the expected cost of construction, as part of a proposed settlement announced Monday.
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Indianapolis expects savings from sweeping energy projectRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Marc D. Allan
The city is guaranteed $7.5 million in savings over 15 years from a $18 million upgrade of city facilities, and the savings are expected to accumulate further.
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Plant upgrades might cost IPL nearly $1 billionRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Chris O'Malley
New federal mercury-reduction regulations may force Indianapolis Power & Light to spend nearly $1 billion to upgrade its coal-fired electric plants scattered around Indiana. Duke Energy is mulling everything from plant upgrades to shutting down older units.
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Work on city's 8-mile sewage tunnel gets underway

April 26, 2012
Associated Press
Work is starting on an 8-mile-long tunnel under the south side of Indianapolis that is the first major part of a $1.6 billion project aimed at reducing the release of raw sewage into the city's rivers.
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Downtown building owner faults IPL for outagesRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The owner of Market Square Center is complaining to state utility regulators that Indianapolis Power & Light has failed to provide reliable service to the office building, better known as the Gold Building, at 151 N. Delaware St.
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Colleges could be banned from using tax funds for marketing

April 19, 2012
Bloomberg News
For-profit U.S. colleges, including Carmel-based ITT Educational Services Inc., would be barred from spending federal taxpayer money on advertising, marketing and recruiting under a Senate bill targeting the education-based businesses.
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Purchase of city water utility lifts Citizens Energy's profitsRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The $1.9 billion sale of the city’s water and sewer utilities was a profit gusher last year for buyer Citizens Energy Group—at least on paper. Dwarfing the returns of its gas, thermal and other divisions, the newly renamed Citizens Water turned a profit of $53.4 million.
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Citizens not ready to get behind historic designation for Central CanalRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Preservationists want protections for the historic waterway, but the utility that just bought it is afraid National Register status will cause unintended consequences.
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Citizens Energy projects bigger savings from deal

March 3, 2012
Cost-savings tied to the purchase of the city's water and sewer utilities are also expected to be realized sooner than predicted.
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Indiana county OKs project for 80 wind turbines

March 2, 2012
Associated Press
Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex plans to install the wind turbines in southern Wells County, about 100 miles northeast of Indianapolis.
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Citizens Energy projects greater, faster savings from deal

February 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Citizens Energy Group says savings from combining the city’s water and sewer utilities will be 13 percent higher than expected and come two years sooner than previously predicted.
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Electric-grid facility in Carmel suffers $11M in damages

February 16, 2012
Scott Olson
In a filing earlier this month, the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Inc. told federal regulators that a mechanical failure in September contaminated the data center.
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Utility exec: Coal-gas plant's 'time has passed'

February 14, 2012
Associated Press
A utility executive told a legislative committee Tuesday that a drop in natural gas prices as a result of the nation's shale-gas boom have made a proposed southern Indiana coal-gasification plant a project "whose time has passed."
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ProLiance might go on blockRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis-based ProLiance, a natural-gas marketer and supplier, was singed by a $57.2 million pretax loss in the first nine months of 2011, causing some analysts to wonder if majority owner Vectren Corp. will try to sell its 61-percent stake in the company.
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Bill seeks elected utility consumer counselor

January 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A legislator is proposing that Indiana’s utility consumer counselor be elected rather than appointed by the governor.
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State unlikely to revive natural-gas grandeurRestricted Content

December 24, 2011
Sam Stall
Indiana was once the world’s capital for natural-gas production, but recent advances in drilling and resource-recovery technology are not likely to revive those glory days anytime soon because of a combination of human-made and natural obstructions.
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EEOC alleges discrimination at Midwest ISO

December 23, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Carmel-based power grid operator violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by firing a woman who suffered from post-partum depression, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleges in a lawsuit filed Friday.
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Vectren locks out union workers in dispute

December 17, 2011
Associated Press
Vectren has locked out 270 union workers at several Indiana worksites after the union rejected a proposed three-year-contract.
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Consultant: IPL's downtown network needs closer eye

December 13, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Atlanta firm says IPL underground system "well designed and regularly maintained" but may need upgrades to avoid more explosions.
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Grand jury indicts former state utilities chief Hardy

December 12, 2011
Chris O'Malley
David Lott Hardy, who was fired from his job as chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in 2010, is accused of official misconduct.
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Downtown getting blast-resistant manhole covers

December 9, 2011
Associated Press
Utility crews are installing about 100 new manhole covers in downtown Indianapolis that are designed to reduce the extent of damage from underground explosions and fires.
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Midwest ISO announces $6.5B in electric grid improvements

December 8, 2011
The Carmel-based not-for-profit's long-term plan recommends 215 new transmission infrastructure projects to improve reliability of its electric grid.
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Jury awards $27M in damages over propane explosion

November 28, 2011
Associated Press
A jury has held a utility liable for $27 million in damages over a propane explosion at a central Indiana horse farm that killed a man and injured three family members.
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Regulators approve deal on $2.65B gasification plant

November 22, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana regulators have approved plans for a $2.65 billion coal gasification plant at the Ohio River city of Rockport and a state agency's 30-year contract to buy its synthetic natural gas.
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Indiana expands probe into Indy manhole blasts

November 21, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana utility regulators are expanding a third-party review of Indianapolis manhole explosions to include the latest two blasts.
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  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

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