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Duke Energy Customers Polled on Edwardsport Gasification Plant


Edwardsport Coal Gasification Plant (photo courtesy of Duke Energy)

A recent survey of Duke Energy customers found that while many don't necessarily know a lot about the Edwardsport Coal Gasification Plant, they support more renewable energies as opposed to coal.


The Sierra Club and Citizens Action Coalition commissioned Peak Campaigns to conduct the survey. Mark Mehringer with Peak Campaigns says they asked 800 Duke Energy ratepayers their thoughts on renewable energies, coal plants in Indiana, and specifically the Edwardsport facility. Mehringer says 81 percent of rate payers supported more renewable energies like solar and wind power.

Mehringer says there wasn't a lot of knowledge about coal-fired plants with only 49 percent of those surveyed stating they knew Indiana had a lot of coal plants. When told that Indiana received 81-percent of its power from coal plants, ratepayers did not know if this was too much or the proper amount. Only 28 percent of those surveyed said they were aware of the Edwardsport facility, but when informed of the issues surrounding the facility, specifically the cost overruns from the plant's construction, 65-percent of ratepayers say the shareholders should consume the costs instead of a rate increase for consumers.

The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission is scheduled next week to review a settlement agreement Duke Energy reached with several consumer groups regarding the plant. The Sierra Club and the Citizens Action Coalition are not a part of the settlement. 


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