Tag Archives: Duke Energy

Billions At Stake: Should We Invest In Struggling Power Plants Or Communities Facing Closures?

August 23, 2018 – by Sonia Aggarwal  in Forbes. Editor’s note: Coal-fired power plants in the Tri-State are experiencing similar issues in that they cannot compete in the marketplace of producing electricity due to a variety of economic and physical factors. None are less … Continue reading

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Bucolic Indiana town to become mega industrial center

August 18, 2018 – by John Blair, Valley Watch president and editor of valleywatch.net Every few years someone pursuing a “get rich quick” scheme comes up with an idea to use coal as a feedstock for other forms of energy … Continue reading

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IEEFA update: Duke Energy’s costly Edwardsport coal-gasification project continues to underperform

August 1, 2018-by David Schlissel in IEEFA News Editor’s Note: Valley Watch has  steadfastly opposed this plant since it’s conception offering sage testimony at the original CPCN hearing in Bloomington in 2007. Duke Energy’s 5-year-old gasified coal power experiment in Edwardsport, Ind., has turned … Continue reading

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Clean Coal is elusive and very expensive

March 1, 2017 – by David Schlissel, IEEFA. Editor’s note: Valley Watch and our colleagues, Citizens Action Coalition and Sierra Club have challenged the Edwardsport plant since 2006 before the IURC and IDEM. Sadly, we failed to stop the plant. David Schlissel … Continue reading

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Tremendous victory for CAC and the State

May 8, 2015 – Press Release from Citizens Action Coalition For immediate release – May 8, 2015 Contact: Kerwin Olson kolson@citact.org Jennifer Washburn jwashburn@citact.org INDIANAPOLIS – Today the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission denied Duke Energy Indiana’s request for nearly $1.9B from captive … Continue reading

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Edwardsport “performance” substantially misses Duke’s promises

April 13, 2015 – by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor “Fiasco” is really the only way to describe the whole situation with Duke Energy’s ill fated coal gasification plant at Edwardsport, IN. First the plant was promised to cost $1.2 billion … Continue reading

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Duke Energy spills from 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the Ohio River near Cincinnati

August 19, 2014  – UPDATE- USEPA serving as on-scene coordinator in Emergency Response to Ohio River Spill  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is serving as the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the emergency response to an oil spill that occurred last … Continue reading

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Valley Watch joins Sierra Club in challenge of Indiana Gasification permit extension

January 14, 2014- by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor Valley Watch has joined with the Sierra Club in filing a challenge of the recently extended permit for the proposed Indiana Gasification facility in Rockport.  Valley Watch feels strongly that IDEM did not … Continue reading

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Alternative Uses for Coal Stuck in Neutral-Natural Gas is just too cheap

March 28, 2012-By Ken Silverstein in EnergyBiz Applying new technologies is admirable. But sticking businesses with huge bills to pay that progress is not. That’s what Exelon and other critics are saying about a proposed plant to convert coal to … Continue reading

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Former IURC Chairman INDICTED on ethics raps involving Duke Edwardsport

December 12, 2011-by John Russell in the Indianapolis Star The former chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has been indicted on a three felony counts of official misconduct in cases concerning Duke Energy Corp. A Marion County grand jury today issued … Continue reading

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New IURC Chair also had a really cozy relationship with Duke Energy execs according to emails

August 11, 2011-by John Russell in the Indianapolis Star  Indiana’s top utility regulator sent a private email last year to a top executive at Duke Energy Corp., recommending “confidentially, just between you and me” that the utility hire his personal choice as … Continue reading

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Duke ignored water issue at Indiana plant, consultant says

July 29, 2011-by Chris O’Malley in the Indiana Business Journal Regulatory filings alleging Duke Energy Corp. grossly mismanaged construction of its Edwardsport plant contend the utility ignored warnings for seven months over potential problems with federal regulators if it disposed … Continue reading

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NRDC report: Indiana among nation’s worst power plant polluters

July 22, 2001 -by Linda Greene in the Bloomington Alternative. Indiana is the sixth worst state in the production of toxic industrial air pollution, surpassed by only Ohio, Pennsylvania, Florida, Kentucky and Maryland. The assessment was made by the National … Continue reading

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Is the sun setting on “clean” coal

Carbon Capture and Sequestration might soon be nothing more than a relic in a “might have been” history book. July 17, 2011-by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor Most people who have studied the issue easily understand that coal is not clean … Continue reading

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Office of Consumer Counselor reverses stance on Duke Energy’s Edwardsport plant

July 8. 2011-by John Blair, valleywatch.net editor. In a shocking reversal of position, the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor (OUCC) has reversed its support for the Duke Energy Edwardsport power plant fiasco. Just last November 3, OUCC head, David … Continue reading

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