Citizens Action Coalition

Will Vectren Be Mostly Wind And Solar In The Future?

Sep 4, 2019

Since Vectren’s plan to build a large natural gas plant was rejected in April, the utility has been looking for other sources to replace its three retiring coal units. If the utility’s recent energy bids are any indication, we could see more renewables in the mix. 

A consumer advocate group says Indiana Michigan Power doesn’t need most of its proposed $172 million rate increase. Under I&M’s proposal, customers’ monthly bills would go up by more than 11 percent — an increase of about $21 for a typical resident. 

Duke Energy released its 20-year plan this week — including hopes to retire some of its coal plants early. But environmentalists say the utility isn’t keeping up with the faster trend toward renewable energy. 

Holcomb Signs Off On Carbon Storage Project

May 10, 2019

A pilot project to store carbon dioxide emissions underground has gotten the green light from the governor. Gov. Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law approving the pilot project as well as a statewide study of carbon capture. 

Duke Energy is holding the country back from making a faster transition to renewable energy. That’s according to a report released Wednesday by the Environmental Working Group. It says Duke has focused on coal and natural gas, while neglecting to add many renewable energy sources. 

State Denies Vectren's Natural Gas Plant Proposal

Apr 26, 2019

It looks like Vectren won’t be getting a new natural gas plant. On Wednesday, the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission rejected the utility’s proposal for an 850 megawatt facility in the Evansville area. 

CO2 Storage Bill Passes House

Mar 25, 2019

A bill that would create a pilot program to store carbon dioxide underground is going back to the state Senate. The legislation, which passed the House on Monday, has undergone a lot of changes.

A controversial bill moving through the state Senate would make changes to a law that lets utilities more quickly recover the costs of certain projects from ratepayers. It involves the Transmission, Distribution, and Storage Improvement Charge or TDSIC. 

CO2 Storage Bill Turns Into Summer Study

Feb 28, 2019

State legislators hope to study carbon dioxide storage in Indiana this summer. A bill to form the committee passed in the state Senate Tuesday. It’s much different from the original bill which would have made it easier for companies to get approval to inject CO2 into the ground. 

When Indiana repealed its energy efficiency resource standard in 2014, taxpayers missed out on about $95 million in savings and thousands of jobs. That’s according to two policy briefs by the Applied Economics Clinic, prepared for energy watchdog the Citizens Action Coalition. 

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