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IURC seeks applicants for vacancy

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A state committee is seeking applicants for the vacancy on the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission created when Chair Jim Atterholt announced his retirement in mid-December. The IURC’s nominating committee is accepting applications through Friday, Jan. 12. Applications must be submitted to the office of Gov. Eric Holcomb by the close […]

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IURC chairman is retiring to Florida

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The head of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has announced that he is retiring from public service, kicking off a search for his replacement. Jim Atterholt, chair of the IURC, informed Gov. Eric Holcomb of his decision on Monday and it takes effect Jan. 12. “Jim has dedicated much of […]

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Mayors, utilities battle over customers in annexed areas

By Alec Gray TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed a bill on Thursday that would ban municipal electric utilities from automatically taking over customers from private electric companies in areas they have annexed. The bill written by Sen. Michael Crider, R-Greenfield, passed the Utilities Committee 8-2 and now heads to the full Senate for […]

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Controversial energy conservation bill moves to full Senate

Lawmaker talk energy conservation from TheStatehouseFile.com on Vimeo. By Adam Lee TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A Senate committee passed legislation along party lines Wednesday that could mean higher utility bills for customers in an effort to promote conservation. Senate Bill 412, authored by the committee’s chairman, Jim Merritt, R-Indianapolis, is meant to replace the Energizing Indiana […]

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10-digit dialing begins in Southern Indiana next month

By Adrianna Pitrelli TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Indiana residents and businesses in the southern third of the 812 area code are preparing for changes that will take place early February. Starting Feb. 7, any phone call made in the 812 area code must be dialed using the full 10-digit telephone number. Local calls with remain local […]

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Consumer counselor urges denial of Duke infrastructure plan

Hannah Troyer TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Duke Energy should not be allowed to raise rates to pay for its $1.87 billion infrastructure and technology update plan, according to a state agency that represents customers. The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor has recommended that state regulators deny Duke’s request, which is meant to improve service to […]

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New area code, 10-digit dialing to take effect in Southern Indiana early next year

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Residents in Southern Indiana will be required to use 10-digit dialing – even for calls across town – starting Feb. 7, with a new area code implemented one month later. The new dialing requirements mean an area code must be used to place all calls. And the later change […]

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Pence names Huston to IURC, makes other appointments

Staff report TheStatehousefile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence has appointed a top official in the state health department to serve as the head of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. James Huston will fill the current vacancy on the IURC created when former Commissioner Jim Atterholt left to become the governor’s chief of staff. He will […]

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Consumer counselor, IPL, city reach deal for car-sharing program

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A state agency representing customers has struck a deal that could allow an electric car-sharing program to move forward, even though it would still mean higher rates for power customers. The deal between the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, the city of Indianapolis, and Indianapolis Power & Light […]

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Public can comment on Indy car-sharing program, impact on power bills

By Seth Morin TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A consumer agency is seeking public input on a plan to have customers of Indianapolis Power and Light subsidize a city electric car-sharing initiative. The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is inviting consumer comments on IPL’s request for a $16 million rate increase to pay for start-up costs […]

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