IPL to retire 2 coal-fired units in southern Indiana

INDIANAPOLIS (Inside INdiana Business) — Indianapolis Power & Light Co. has announced plans to retire two coal-fired units at its Petersburg Generating Station in Pike County.

The move is part of the utility’s integrated resource plan, which will be filed with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission next week.

IPL currently has four coal-fired units at the Petersburg station. According to the plan, the utility will retire one of the units in 2021 and the other in 2023.

“Based on extensive modeling, IPL has determined that the cost of operating Petersburg Units 1 and 2 exceeds the value customers receive compared to alternative resources,” the utility said. “Retirement of these units allows the company to cost-effectively diversify the portfolio and transition to cleaner, more affordable resources while maintaining a reliable system.”

IPL says it will need to find a replacement to fill the capacity gap left by retiring the two units. The utility plans to hire a third party to issue a request for proposals to find that replacement, which could be a combination of wind, solar and storage resources.

The IURC requires all utilities to conduct an IRP planning process every three years. You can learn more about IPL’s plan, including a nontechnical summery, by clicking here.


Neighbors stunned by shooting in ‘safe,’ ‘quiet’ Eagles Watch subdivision

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH ) — The Eagles Watch subdivision on the city’s northwest side is home to dozens of families.

“It’s very quiet here,” said Irma Molina, who lives on Eagles Watch Drive.

The winding road is often touted as an oasis of safety, seemingly removed from the city’s crime crisis, according to Jeremy Layly, who lives down the street from Molina.

He walks his dogs through the neighborhood every night without worrying about what he’ll encounter in the dark.

On Thursday night, his walk led him toward flashing police lights and crime scene tape. 

Detectives were collecting evidence from the scene of a shooting in the 5000 block of Eagles Watch Drive, less than a quarter of a mile from Layly’s home.

“I’ve heard gunshots [before] but not in the neighborhood,” he told News 8. “That’s intense.”

Officers arrived around 4 p.m. after neighbors reported hearing gunshots. An unidentified man was pronounced dead at the scene.

No arrests had been made Thursday night. No suspect information was available.

The shooting appeared to be targeted and did not pose an immediate threat to public safety, police said.

“[Detectives are] working hard to solve these crimes and to prevent crimes,” said Michael Hewitt, a spokesperson for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD).

Molina, whose home was within the police perimeter, ducked under the yellow tape to speak with News 8.

She and her son still feel safe living on Eagles Creek Drive, she said, but she is wary of rising crime in other parts of the city.

“It is very dangerous lately,” Molina said in Spanish. “Many crimes have happened.”

Anybody with information about the shooting is urged to call Crime Stoppers at (317) 262-TIPS.