Vectren eyes Spencer County for solar array

Mar 13, 2018

Vectren has selected a site in Spencer County for a 50-megawatt solar farm. 

In a news release, the Evansville-based utility company announced it has selected First Solar Incorporated to build the solar array in Troy.

Vectren said the array will be situated on about 300 acres and will consist of about 150,000 solar panels.

The array will be mounted on a single-axis tracking system, which enables the panels to automatically pivot to enhance energy generation as the sun’s rays move across the surface of the Earth.

OUCC Says I&M Rate Increase Too High

Nov 9, 2017

The state’s utility consumer advocate says Indiana-Michigan Power’s proposed rate increase is too high.

Indiana-Michigan Power’s increase would go towards infrastructure upgrades, such as replacing power lines and trimming trees to avoid outages. Customers could see their monthly bill go up by about $26.

But public testimony in the case has been overwhelming negative. Anthony Swinger is a spokesperson for the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor, which represents the public in utility rate cases. He says the OUCC concluded the utility doesn’t need that much.

What's The (Energy) Plan?

Nov 3, 2017

The Obama administration created the Clean Power Plan with the goal of reducing carbon emissions 30 percent nationwide. But the U.S. Supreme Court put that plan on hold after industry groups and 28 states, including Indiana, sued. And Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt recently took the first step to repeal the plan altogether.

New DOE Study Explores Decline Of Coal, Nuclear

Aug 25, 2017

Natural gas, not renewable energy, is the primary driver behind coal and nuclear power plant retirements, according to a highly-anticipated Department of Energy study released this week.

The study concluded the already widely-held view that cheap natural gas and low demand drive the decline in coal and nuclear power. The report also implies that increased use of renewable energy could make the power grid unreliable in the future.

Clean Air Advocates March On Vectren

Nov 17, 2016
Samantha Horton / WNIN

Thursday evening Evansville residents young and old marched along downtown to urge Vectren to retire its coal power plants and reevaluate its energy rates. 

People carried handmade wind turbines and signs while chanting, "What do we want? Clean air. When do we want it? Now." They traveled down Riverside Drive starting at the Four Freedoms Monument, crossing the street, and stopping on the sidewalk outside the Vectren Corporation building. Local activist and lead chanter Mary Lyn Stoll said people should understand that this is not a protest.