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.

State board approves Vectren plans, rate increases

Sep 22, 2017

You can expect higher Vectren bills, starting next year. 

The Indiana Office of Consumer Counselor approved the Evansville-based utility company’s plan to upgrade and modernize its electrical grid, involving more than 800 projects and seven years of annual rate increases.

The plan was originally presented as costing $516 million. The state board, Vectren, and a coalition of industrial customers reached an agreement to reduce the cost to $446 million.

Alcoa to restart potlines, add 275 jobs

Jul 12, 2017
Inside Indiana Business

Alcoa plans to add up to 275 jobs at its Warrick Operations. 

Alcoa has reached a six-year agreement with Vectren that will provide power for Alcoa’s plan to restart 3 smelting lines at the Warrick County plant.

A news release from Vectren indicates the restart will be completed in the second quarter of 2018, creating up to 275 positions.

Vectren Chairman and CEO Carl Chapman calls it a “significant economic development win” for the community. He says the Evansville-based utility is pleased to play an important role.

Autopsies set for Wednesday after deadly explosion

Jun 28, 2017

Autopsies are scheduled Wednesday afternoon following an explosion and fire that leveled an Evansville home.

Fire crews recovered the bodies of two people from the collapsed house at 1717 Hercules Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

Two adults and one child escaped the flames and were taken to hospitals.

The names of the people killed and two of the people injured have not been released.

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.