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1/10/13

IURC approves settlement saddling ratepayers with Edwardsport IGCC plant costs!

Despite claims of a cost "cap" for ratepayers, the settlement saddles ratepayers with billions in costs.

11/19/12

Vectren's costly coal deal is a profit for company, pain for ratepayers (Star Watch Investigation)

The Indianapolis Star's Tony Cook shed some light on Vectren's questionable tactic of buying high-priced coal from its own subsidiary.  

"Residents of southwest Indiana long have grumbled about high electricity bills, and for good reason...

11/19/12

Indiana Gasification Contract: Lawmakers should repeal it.

Increased scrutiny on Leucadia's proposed coal gasification plant in Rockport, IN has resulted in an interesting decision by an Indiana court, and hopefully a second look by state legislators. 

"After a recent ruling by the Indiana Court of...

8/2/12

The problem with coal power

Some people love to say that “coal is cheap,” and they used to be right.  However, the cost of coal itself increased 400% from 2003 to 2008.  In 2008, Duke Energy spent $190 million more on coal than they did in 2007.  The price has dropped since the...

7/26/12

Energy efficiency: Why is it so important?

Energy efficiency is simply using off the shelf technology to use energy more efficiently.  This includes upgrading to more efficient furnaces, air conditioners, water heaters, and other appliances.  It also includes insulating homes better,...

6/25/12

Pro-consumer Indiana energy policies need to be enacted!

Legislators are ignoring policies that can benefit taxpayers, ratepayers, and the economy as a whole.  Instead, they work to protect the monopoly utilities at taxpayer and ratepayer expense.  We need policies and programs that accelerate the market...

6/20/12

The Utility Agenda: Trackers

 

A company in a competitive market has to compete for your business and therefore must carefully manage its costs in order to stay competitive. However, a regulated monopoly utility has no competition, and therefore regulation of rates...

6/19/12

The Utility Agenda

Indiana’s major utility companies (Duke, AEP, IPL, Vectren, NIPSCO) provide retail electric service essential to the health and vitality of Indiana, its economy, and its citizens. It is a business that has public interest mandates, and they have been...

6/15/12

Leucadia Coal-to-Gas Plant: Indiana's Enron

Leucadia Corporation wants to build and own a coal-to-gas plant in Spencer County, just outside of Rockport, IN. The problem is how much risk is being placed on natural gas customers statewide and how Leucadia is gaming the system to get what they...

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6/13/12

Utility agenda: Construction Work in Progress (CWIP)

Construction Work In Progress (CWIP) lets utilities charge ratepayers for the cost of financing new power plants during construction, before they are completed and providing electricity.

Under former law, utilities could not collect CWIP during...

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