Duke Energy

Duke Energy announced workforce development grants for six Indiana organizations Thursday afternoon. It’s aimed at providing new talent to the industry’s aging workforce. 

Duke Energy officials say the company will install its first field of solar panels on a university campus in Indiana when it puts 7,000 photovoltaic cells in Purdue University’s Discovery Park.

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. 

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. 

Part of the new Affordable Clean Energy rule announced Tuesday would focus on making coal plants more efficient — which could help them run for longer. But utility advocates say that’s unlikely to change energy companies’ plans. 

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Duke Energy says it will reduce the cost of power for its Indiana customers with the changes taking effect more than eight months after last year’s Republican tax bill mandated them.

Customers Paying For Damages From Duke Energy Lawsuit

May 24, 2018

Duke decided not to follow through on an agreement to buy energy from Benton County Wind Farm, prompting a lawsuit in 2013. A circuit court ruled that Duke violated its contract with the wind farm and has to pay $29 million in damages. 

IU To Turn GHG Emissions Into Plant Fertilizer

Nov 13, 2017

Indiana University wants to improve its sustainability – and it’s turning to a novel way of recycling to do so. The school’s main campus will turn its greenhouse gas emissions into plant fertilizer with the help of a photobioreactor.

The machine is made out of PVC pipe and will sit on top of the university’s central heating plant. There, it will capture plant emissions, which will be used to feed algae, which project co-leader Chip Glaholt says will be turned into plant fertilizer.

UPDATE: In a statement late Friday, Duke Vice President George Hamrick said, Duke “determined that it is appropriate to post additional information related to emergency action plans for coal ash facilities….”

A federal rule from 2015 requires electric utilities to publish information on the safe disposal of coal ash. Hamrick says Duke last updated its emergency action plan before that rule went into effect, but, “after revisiting the issue… we agree it is appropriate to post additional information and make it available to the public.” 

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Kokomo saw more than 2,400 customers were in the dark, and Hamilton County had 2,200 buildings without power.

Duke is the primary electric provider for about the southern three-quarters of Indiana and saw outages as far north as Wabash County and as far south as the Ohio River city of Madison.