Indianapolis Power & Light

Hearings Set On Rate Increases

Jul 8, 2019

In May, Indiana Michigan Power announced a massive $600 million plan to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission it says would create a “smarter energy grid” for the state.


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Indianapolis Power & Light expects that its Petersburg coal plant could soon run more often. Depending on who you ask, that could be a good thing or a bad thing for IPL customers. 

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Lauren Chapman

A state agency representing utility customers says Indianapolis Power & Light doesn’t need a $96 million rate hike. The agency has received more than 2,700 comments from customers opposing the proposed increase. 

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The Environmental Protection Agency has been tightening pollution standards for toxic emissions, and regulations are likely to increase in the future.

The new rules push utilities toward cleaner energy production, but they’re also costly.

Coal-fired power plants in Indiana are balancing federal demands with business pressures in a number of ways.

Some, like Indianapolis Power and Light’s plant in Indianapolis, are converting to run on natural gas.

Others are shutting down, like the plant owned by Duke Energy in Terre Haute.

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Two thousand homes and businesses in Indianapolis were still without power early Monday afternoon after wind gusts reaching speeds over 55 miles per hour created disruptions to electricity throughout the state over the weekend.

Outages began on Saturday afternoon, mostly between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Indianapolis Power and Light reports as many as 31,000 people were without electricity over the weekend.

Joseph Nields is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service. He says there are a variety of ways the wind can interrupt the flow of electricity to one’s house.

'Battery Farm' Could Help Power 15 States

Jul 10, 2015
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Indianapolis Power and Light has broken ground on what it says will be one of the largest energy-storage facilities in the Midwest. IPL will use interconnected, advanced batteries to store up to 20 megawatts of energy.

Ken Zagzebski, president of IPL parent company AES, says the battery array will make the power grid more reliable by smoothing out variations in supply and demand.

And he says the lithium-ion batteries will reduce emissions. He says only recently have electric companies cracked the long-standing dilemma of how to store energy for when it‘s needed.

EPA Will Set National Standards For Coal Ash Regulation

Dec 22, 2014
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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday it will set national standards for the regulation of coal ash, the byproduct of burning coal, in hopes of preventing air and water contamination.

The rules could have a significant impact on Indiana, which has about 80 coal ash storage ponds, more than any other state in the country.