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IPL public hearing brings out community opposition

On January 24, a little under a hundred folks made their way to the Indiana History Center to make their voices heard regarding IPL's current plan to raise electric rates.  

Some joined the Sierra Club protest before the hearing; some just came to speak to regulators about giving more money to IPL to continue to prop up old, outdated coal plants.  

IPL's plan to spend more than $500 million on pollution controls for plants that are both outdated and unnecessary has frustrated customers on both an economic and environmental level.  

"Putting half a billion dollars into an outdated coal plant to keep it polluting the city for years to come is a waste of money," said Megan Anderson, a conservation organizer with the Sierra Club.

With Indianapolis ranking 14th in the nation for year-round particle pollution (American Lung Association), environmental concerns were high on the list with attendees.

In a tough economy, economics weren't left out either.  Paying more for "a Band-Aid that’s going to cost over $500 million," according to Kerwin Olson (CAC), is an economic hit that IPL customers just don't need.

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