Duke takes heat for expert witness spending


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Critics of Duke Energy's handling of its $3.3 billion coal-gasification plant in southern Indiana are questioning the company's spending on an expert witness in its defense.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Duke has paid more than $3 million to management consulting firm Pegasus Global Holdings.

The firm's CEO is expected to testify this week before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, which is considering whether to allow Duke to pass cost overruns from the plant being built near Edwardsport on to electricity customers.

A Pegasus report submitted to the IURC concludes that Duke acted prudently in managing the generating plant project.

The Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana calls the payments to Pegasus "disgusting." Duke says the firm worked for thousands of hours to review the construction project.


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