Are electric rates will go skye Former Utitities director of Richmond Indiana

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Since: Sep 12

Richmond, IN

#1 Jan 30, 2013
Steve Saum Utilities Director at City of Danville, VA

Once again, back in Richmond for a visit, I find my name being associated with the trials and tribulations of RP&L. Still unanswered questions being rehashed and accusations being pointed my way. Why the Board acted the way they did....What were the circumstances in my termination.....What happened the the Waste-to-Energy project....I know the answers, but cannot say. I do know others that know the answers, but they WON'T tell the public. RP&L is still facing the same questions with generation. We knew the gas solution was too expensive and too uncertain, but were told that was going to be the answer after my termination.....doesn't look that way now. The clean coal technology, being promoted by IMPA, the fox in the henhouse, is even more expensive. Retrofitting a 60 year old plant with any kind of new technology cannot be justified by saying the technology works at a new plant like Prairie State, you might as well rebuild the entire plant. Citizens of Richmond, watch your electric rates if this Board moves to install clean coal technology. I challenge the P-I to do their homework on Prairie State, initial start-up problems, enormous cost overruns and concerning management decisions, all lead by the same man that runs IMPA. Mr. French, I wish you well. If you ever do get to make a decision without the Board's uninformed pressure, watch your back, there are ties to the Board lurking throughout the RP&L family.

Since: Sep 12

Richmond, IN

#2 Jan 30, 2013
Bob Wotherspoon Top Commenter Indiana University

Citizens of Richmond. Do you believe a part time Board of Directors can solve a full time Energy problem facing every ratepayer? The City Council has enough problems to deal with in running the city. So, why not allow RP&L to have their own seperate Board of Directors? It's time for RP&L to find the best energy professionals they can to work with the new Gen.Mgr. The recent witch hunt to remove Steve Saum and Harry Phillips did nothing to solve the cities energy problems. Maybe the Newspaper should dig alittle deeper on the gasification project? They just might find some City Council Board Members had more to do with it then they wanted the public to know about? As for the new coal plant at Prairie State. Steve Saum is right on.

Since: Sep 12

Richmond, IN

#3 Jan 30, 2013
Todd Walter Lead Engineer at American Electric Power
I wondered what the circumstances were on why you left. Hope you are doing well. We're going through yet another re-organization at AEP again.

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