Court gives Duke Energy go-ahead for rate increase

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Court of Appeals has given Duke Energy the green light to raise electricity rates to pay for its $3.5 billion Edwardsport coal-gasification power plant.

The court ruled unanimously Wednesday against environmental and consumer groups that sought to overturn a decision made by state regulators in 2012.

The ruling allows Duke to charge its 790,000 Indiana customers a 16 percent increase in their monthly bills to pay for construction and financing costs.

The appeals court acknowledged the southwestern Indiana plant was originally supposed to cost $1.9 billion, but said state regulators took that into account. The judges also say Duke will pay for some of the higher costs.

Citizens Action Coalition Executive Director Kerwin Olson tells The Indianapolis Star his group may appeal to the Indiana Supreme Court. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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