January 22, 2016

State Agency Seeking Consumer Comment On Coal-Gasification Plant

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is seeking public comment on a Duke Energy coal-gasification plant in southwestern Indiana.

The state agency says it would like to receive consumer comments through Feb. 11 on a proposed $1.8 billion plan affecting the plant at Edwardsport that would raise its electric rates for the next seven years.

The OUCC says if state regulators approve the plan, Duke would adjust rates every six months to recover costs, subject to review.

Four consumer and environmental groups agreed last week to stop fighting the plant. The OUCC and Duke industrial customers had reach an agreement on the plan last September.

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