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NIPSCo, Capital Dynamics Partner on Ind. Solar Park (Ind. Report)
Capital Dynamics,NIPSCO
Date: 2021-04-14
NYC-based Capital Dynamics Inc. and Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCo) have inked an agreement to bring 200MW of solar energy to the state. The build-transfer agreement is for the Elliot Solar project, in Gibson County, which will begin construction in summer 2022 and begin commercial operations in summer 2023. Capital Dynamics will construct the project and NIPSCO will enter into a joint venture once construction is complete.

Elliot Solar adds to NIPSCo's two operating wind farms as well as 11 renewable energy projects which include a combination of similar joint ventures and power purchase agreements. The company plans to be coal-free by 2028. (Source: NIPSCo, PR, 13 April, 2021) Contact: Capital Dynamics, 212-798-3400, www.capdyn.com; NIPSCO, www.NIPSCO.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NIPSCO,  Solar,  Capital Dynamics,  


NIPSCO, EDP Announce Indiana Wind, Solar Projects (Ind. Report)
NIPSCO, EDP Renewables
Date: 2021-03-29
EDP Renewables North America LLC and Northern Indiana Public Service Company, LLC (NIPSCO) are reporting a long-term PPA and a Build & Transfer Agreement (BTA) for two renewable energy projects in White County Indiana -- the 204 MW (MW) Indiana Crossroads II Wind Farm and the 200 MW Indiana Crossroads Solar Park in White County, which is anticipated to become operational in 2022. NIPSCO will enter into a joint venture once construction is complete.

EDP Renewables is the largest wind farm operator in the state with 1,001 MW of operational capacity. The Indiana Crossroads II Wind Farm and Indiana Crossroads Solar Park add to 11 renewable energy projects previously announced as part of NIPSCO parent company NiSource's customer-centric "Your Energy, Your Future" initiative, which includes the generation transition plan at NIPSCO.

NIPSCO plans to be coal-free by 2028. (Source: EDP Renewables, NIPSCO, PR, 27 Mar., 2021) Contact: NIPSCO, www.NIPSCO.com/future; EDP Renewables North America, Miguel Prado, CEO, (713) 265-0350 (Houston), +351 21 001 25 00, www.edpr.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NIPSCO,  EDP Renewables,  Wind,  Solar,  Renewable Energ,  


NIPSCO Seeks Massive Boost to Renewables Capacity (Ind. Report)
NIPSCO
Date: 2019-10-14
In the Hoosier State, the Merrillville-based utility NIPSCO is reporting issuance of solar energy request for proposals (RFP)as it looks to retire coal-fired power generation by 2028 and replace it with renewables in keeping with its goal of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 90 pct by 2030.

NIPSCO, the largest natural gas provider and the second-largest electricity provider headquartered in Indiana, currently generates power from natural gas, coal, hydroelectric, purchased wind power and customer-owned renewables. The utility is specifically soliciting proposals for thermal energy, 300 MW of wind capacity, and 2,300 MW of solar or solar paired with storage. NIPSCO's RFP seeks to produce more solar than is reportedly currently installed in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin combined. (Source: NIPSCO, NWI.COM, 12 Oct., 2019) Contact: NIPSCO, www.nipsco-rfp.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NIPSCO,  Solar,  Renewable Energy,  


NIPSCO Seeks Rate Hike to Replace Coal with Renewables (Ind Report)
Northern Indiana Public Service
Date: 2019-05-10
The Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO) has filed a plan with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to remove coal from its electric power mix by 2028 and replace it primarily with electricity generated by solar power. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC) is considering a plan filed by Northern Indiana Public Service Co. (NIPSCO) to remove coal from its electric power mix by 2028 and replace it primarily with electricity generated by solar power.

NIPSCO claims its recently completed analysis found its plan would save its 460,000 Indiana ratepayers and the state money over the long term.

In its Integrated Resource Plan, NIPSCO proposes closing its Wheatfield coal plant by 2023 and its coal unit in Michigan City by 2028. With the closures, the percentage of electric power generated by coal would decrease from 65 pct today to 15 pct in 2023 and zero by 2028.

NIPSCO proposes replacing the 1,800 MW of electric power generated by the two coal plants with a mixture of 1,500 mw of solar with battery backup, 150 mw of wind, 125 mw of reduced demand through efficiency and demand-side management programs, and 50 mw of electricity purchased from other utilities. Although NIPSCO says its electric power shift will save ratepayers more than $4 billion in the long run, it has asked IURC to approve a 12 pct rate hike to pay for decommissioning its existing power plants and building the renewable capacity to replace it. (Source: NIPSCO, Heartland Inst., May, 2019) Contact: NIPSCO, www.nipsco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NIPSCO,  Coal,  Renewable Energy,  


Where's Trump's Former EPA Head Scott Pruitt? (Ind. Report)
Coal,EPA
Date: 2019-04-24
Denver-headquartered Hallador Energy Company, a subsidiary of RailPoint Solutions LLC and Sunrise Coal, reports it has hired former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Scott Pruitt to lobby against plans by two electric utilities -- Vectren and NIPSCO -- to shutter aging coal-fired power generation facilities in Indiana by 2030.

Hallador and Pruitt are urging the Indiana republican controlled legislature to include language in the budget bill that would prohibit the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission from considering Obama-era regulations aimed at reducing carbon emissions in the commission's decisions about rates and other issues that could impact the future of coal-generated electricity in the state.

Hallador claims Obama clean air regulations are the reason coal costs more than wind, solar and natural gas. They also claim that once President Trump and current EPA head and former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler are finished gutting the Obama clean air regulations, the price of coal will drop. According to U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) US coal consumption has plummeted to its lowest levels in nearly 40 years and more coal-fired power plants closed in the first two years of the Trump administration than during President Obama's entire first term.

As readers may recall, Pruitt resigned from the EPA in July 2018 after an 18-month tenure best remembered for the seemingly mass handout of Renewable Fuel Standard "hardship" waivers to refineries, spending and ethical scandals. As previously noted, "hardship waivers" were intended for refineries producing 75,000 bpd or less and suffered "disproportionate economic hardship" from the costs of RFS compliance. The waiver frees the refineries from an obligation to provide the EPA with biofuels credits proving compliance. (Source: Hallador Energy Company, The Environmental Working Group, 23 April, 20190 Contact: Hallador Energy Company, (303) 839-5504, www.halladorenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Scott Pruitt,  Coal,  


NiSource to Slash GHG Emissions 90 pct by 2030 (Ind. Report)
NiSource
Date: 2019-04-08
NiSource, the Merrillville, Indiana-based parent company of NIPSCO is touting new emission reduction targets it says builds upon "the aggressive environmental targets the company announced in 2016.

To that end, the company plans to slash greenhouse gas emissions from electric power generation by 90 pct by 2030, as compared to 2005, as it takes coal-fired plants offline in favor of greener, renewable energy sources.

By 2030, NiSource aims to reduce nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide and mercury emissions by 99 pct as compared to 2005 levels, and to retire all its coal-fired power plants by 2028 and to generate power with wind, solar and battery storage technology. (Souce: NiSource, PR,nwi.com, 7 April, 2019)Contact: NiSource, Joe Hamrock, Pres., CEO, www.nisource.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NiSource,  Greenhouse Gas Emissions,  GHGs ,  


Renewable Dairy Fuels Ups CNG Biogas Production (Ind. Report)
Renewable Dairy Fuels ,Amp Americas
Date: 2019-03-01
Renewable Dairy Fuels Chicago-headquartered parent company Amp Americas reports it plans to boost biogas production by 30 pct at Fair Oaks Farms, the popular agritourist destination in Fair Oaks, Newton County, Indiana. Fairs Oaks Farms presently processes more than 800,000 gpd of cattle manure methane into compressed renewable natural gas that is shipped out through NIPSCO's pipeline system. With the latest expansion, the Fair Oaks operation can produce more than 2.3 million gpy of renewable transportation fuel from dairy waste.

The Fair Oaks Farm is the second-largest renewable natural gas production facility in the country, after the new Renewable Dairy Fuels' operation that opened in Jasper County in August of 2018. Between the two operations, Amp Americas's renewable fuels production capacity stands at approximately 5 million gpy. Amp Americas also operates 20 CNG filling stations nationwide. (Source: AMP Americas, nwi.com, 28 Feb., 2019) Contact: Amp Americas, Grant Zimmerman, CEO, info@ampamericas.com, (312) 300-6700, (312) 380-0206 - fax., www.ampamericas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biogas,  Methane,  CNG,  Biofuel,  


NIPSCO Planning Three Indiana Wind Farms (Ind. Report)
Northern Indiana Public Service
Date: 2019-02-06
Merrillville, Indiana -headquartered utility Northern Indiana Public Service (NIPSC) reports it plans to construct three wind farms totaling 300 wind turbines generating 800 MW of power in Benton, Montgomery, Warren and White counties, Indiana.

The new wind farms are in keeping with the utility's effort to shift away from coal-fired power by the year 2028. The three planned wind farms are expected to come on line in late 2020. (Source: NIPSCO, Journal Gazette, AP, 4 Feb., 2019) Contact: Northern Indiana Public Service, www.nipsco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Northern Indiana Public Service,  NIPSCO,  Wind,  


NIPSCO Dumping Coal, Cutting CO2 90 pct within Decade (Ind. Report)
NIPSCO
Date: 2019-01-16
In the Hoosier State, Merrillville-headquartered investor owned utility Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), which is 65 pct coal dependent, is reporting plans to cut its coal power generation to essentially zero over the next 10 years. In coal's place, NIPSCO will increase its pursuit of largely renewable energy resources, such as solar and wind energy, along with battery storage technology.

Access NIPSCO's Your Energy, Your Future campaign details HERE. (Source: NIPSCO, Tree Hugger, Jan., 2019) Contact: NIPSCO, Violet Sistovaris, President, www.nipsco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News NIPSCO,  Coal,  Carbon Emissions,  CO2,  

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