A recent report shows the plant’s capacity factor – the amount of coal the plant is gasifying – was just more than 10 percent for the month of April.
Duke Energy is seeking to recover construction costs for the Edwardsport coal gasification plant in hearings that begin Wednesday.
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission recently allowed Duke Energy to pass the costs of building its Edwardsport plant on to its customers.
The coal gasification plant that has been in construction for the past five years is operating commercially.
Duke Energy officials say they have nearly all the factors in place to burn synthetic gas—the main component in the gasification process.
Duke Energy has agreed to absorb some of the costs it would take to build a new gasification plant in Edwardsport.
The IURC will decide whether Duke customers must pay for close to a billion dollars in cost overruns.
The $12K fine is the maximum allowed by state law.
Duke is now requesting approval of an additional $500 million, promping the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor to recommend a cap on total costs.
When proposed in 2006, Duke estimated the cost at over $1.9 billion. However, that cost has since been revised to nearly $3 billion.