Support Edwardsport

December 25, 2010
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
IBJ Letters To The Editor

We are concerned that the ethics issues at the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and Duke Energy are being used by opponents to derail plans for the Edwardsport IGCC Power Plant. It is critical the issues be separated and dealt with independently.

Many opponents of coal are uninformed about the technology that makes modern coal mining and coal-fired energy generation cleaner, safer and more economically essential than ever before.

Roughly 95 percent of Indiana’s electricity is generated from coal with many power plants that are beyond their normal retirement age. Our high use of coal makes Indiana among the best for low-cost energy rates in the country. Duke Energy should be commended for moving forward with the construction of this cleaner-burning coal-fired facility. The Edwardsport project would bring benefits:

• The plant will use regional coal mined from the Illinois Basin, which supports over 10,000 Hoosier jobs.

• Wind and solar do not provide a consistent energy source and the infrastructure to develop renewable sources is more expensive than coal gasification.

• Coal is abundant. America has more than 250 billion tons of recoverable coal reserves—more than three times Saudi Arabia’s proven oil reserves.

The bottom line for our energy future is that it is going to take a portfolio solution that will include many energy sources, along with conservation efforts. Indiana has an opportunity to be a leader in cleaner energy with this plant. We need to support the Edwardsport project and deal with the ethics issues separately.

We urge business and community leaders to support Edwardsport and coal-fired generation.

J. Nathan Noland
President, Indiana Coal Council Inc.


Post a comment to this story

We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by

facebook - twitter on Facebook & Twitter

Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ on Facebook:
Follow on TwitterFollow IBJ's Tweets on these topics:
Subscribe to IBJ
  1. How much you wanna bet, that 70% of the jobs created there (after construction) are minimum wage? And Harvey is correct, the vast majority of residents in this project will drive to their jobs, and to think otherwise, is like Harvey says, a pipe dream. Someone working at a restaurant or retail store will not be able to afford living there. What ever happened to people who wanted to build buildings, paying for it themselves? Not a fan of these tax deals.

  2. Uh, no GeorgeP. The project is supposed to bring on 1,000 jobs and those people along with the people that will be living in the new residential will be driving to their jobs. The walkable stuff is a pipe dream. Besides, walkable is defined as having all daily necessities within 1/2 mile. That's not the case here. Never will be.

  3. Brad is on to something there. The merger of the Formula E and IndyCar Series would give IndyCar access to International markets and Formula E access the Indianapolis 500, not to mention some other events in the USA. Maybe after 2016 but before the new Dallara is rolled out for 2018. This give IndyCar two more seasons to run the DW12 and Formula E to get charged up, pun intended. Then shock the racing world, pun intended, but making the 101st Indianapolis 500 a stellar, groundbreaking event: The first all-electric Indy 500, and use that platform to promote the future of the sport.

  4. No, HarveyF, the exact opposite. Greater density and closeness to retail and everyday necessities reduces traffic. When one has to drive miles for necessities, all those cars are on the roads for many miles. When reasonable density is built, low rise in this case, in the middle of a thriving retail area, one has to drive far less, actually reducing the number of cars on the road.

  5. The Indy Star announced today the appointment of a new Beverage Reporter! So instead of insightful reports on Indy pro sports and Indiana college teams, you now get to read stories about the 432nd new brewery open or some obscure Hoosier winery winning a county fair blue ribbon. Yep, that's the coverage we Star readers crave. Not.