A coalition of Indiana environmental and citizens groups including the Sierra Club, Citizens Action Coalition, Valley Watch, and Save the Valley announced a legal settlement today that requires Duke Energy Indiana to stop burning coal at most of its Wabash River coal-fired power plant in Vigo County and to invest in new clean-energy projects.
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Citing Justice Mark Massa’s long and close relationship with the project director for the proposed Rockport coal gasification plant and his work as Gov. Mitch Daniels’ general counsel when the governor pushed enabling legislation for the project, the Sierra Club, Citizens Action Coalition, Spencer County Citizens for Quality of Life and Valley Watch filed a motion asking the Indiana Supreme Court justice to be recused or disqualified from hearing a case that will determine the project’s future.
Citizens Action Coalition is calling on Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller to investigate any potential misrepresentation that led to communities extending their contracts to purchase power from the Indiana Municipal Power Agency (IMPA), a utility aiding in the financing of the Prairie State Energy Campus (PSEC) in Southern Illinois. This power plant provides over-priced electricity to more than fifty municipalities across Indiana, including Anderson, Crawfordsville, Richmond, Scottsburg and Washington.
It’s high time our elected officials recognize that ratepayers and taxpayers are the same people. Ratepayers deserve a voice!
At a time when everybody is being asked to do more with less, utility profits are soaring and now NIPSCO wants you to pay even more!
It is CAC’s firm belief that energy must be safely and reliably delivered to Hoosiers at the least-cost possible. Consumer-oriented energy policies that create investment in renewables and energy efficiency make sense as the costs of coal and nuclear energy become more expensive.