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Duke Energy Awaits Decision on Repair Costs for New Plant

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s utility customer advocate is studying whether Duke Energy should be allowed to pass along costs of repairing its new $3.5 billion coal-gasification plant in southwestern Indiana to consumers. Tim Stewart, a lawyer for Lewis Kappes in Indianapolis, which represents the utility interests of large industrial companies around the state, told The [...]

Court Strikes Down Rules Aiming to Cut Coal Plant Pollution

By Matthew Brown BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A federal appeals court has struck down pollution rules intended to reduce haze from coal that is burned in Montana to provide electricity for people in the Pacific Northwest. Haze reduces visibility and is caused by tiny particles of nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide. The Clean Air Act [...]

Focus On Cost Reduction

By Karl J. Paloucek Focus on Cost Reduction Hayes Mechanical’s Ryan Smith discusses the full-service mechanical contracting business’s push to help property managers and owners to maximize cost-reductions from state-encouraged incentives.   The virtue and constant challenge for chief engineers to minimize operating costs got a boost in 2007 with the passage of an Illinois [...]

Governor Sees Merit to Central Indiana Reservoir Proposal

ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence said he sees merit in the proposal for construction of a reservoir on the White River in central Indiana that could cost $450 million. The prospects are uncertain for the proposed Mounds Lake between Anderson and Muncie, but Pence said the project could offer both an important water [...]

Leaders: Tax Hike on Ohio Drillers Won’t Be in State Budget

By Julie Carr Smyth COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A proposed tax hike on Ohio oil-and-gas drillers that’s been intensely negotiated for weeks — and debated for years — won’t be included in the two-year state budget, legislative leaders said June 16.   Senate President Keith Faber and House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger, both Republicans, said that [...]