Duke fallout continues
There's more fall-out in the relationship between Indiana regulators, and the regulated. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission will reopen a Duke Energy case that was handled by an agency attorney who was later hired by the company. The case is one in which Duke won the ability to seek a rate increase for damage from a 2009 ice storm. On Monday, a top Duke executive left the company. James Turner was president of the company's U.S. Franchised Electric and Gas business. Turner and then-IURC chairman David Lott Hardy joked and discussed personal topics, sometimes trading messages eight or 10 e-mail messages a day. Duke is building the Edwardsport power plant in Knox County.