Duke CEO: Improper Contact Might Have Occurred

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Duke Energy Chairman James Rogers has
alerted Indiana utility regulators to e-mails he says could be
construed to suggest the company's fired Indiana president held
improper talks with the former head of the regulatory panel about
cost overruns at a coal gasification plant.

Duke filed the letter and copies of the internal e-mails this week with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. The materials served as an update to testimony Rogers gave to the commission in November on the coal gasification plant in southwestern Indiana, where costs have risen by $1 billion to $2.9 billion.

In an August e-mail, Reed told Turner he had met with former IURC chief David Lott Hardy and that Hardy asked if there was a construction cost limit on the table and Turner said no.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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