Midwest power

Jeffrey Tomich



Jeffrey is a St. Louis-based reporter covering the Midwest power sector for EnergyWire. Focus areas include the shift by coal-dependent states to cleaner energy sources and the evolution of the utility business model in response to new technologies. Before joining EnergyWire, Jeffrey was the energy and environment reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where he won a SABEW award for a story on the Iowa ethanol boom. He also covered energy for Bloomberg News. A native of Houston, he is a Tulane University graduate with a double major in English and economics.

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Can Duke's Edwardsport turn tide for clean coal post-Kemper?

When Duke Energy Corp. proposed the Edwardsport plant in southwest Indiana in 2006, the project was billed as a "technological marvel" that would help usher in a new era of clean coal — a pillar of Duke's plan to be a climate change leader under then-CEO Jim Rogers. While much cleaner than conventional coal, an IGCC plant's complex systems are also what turbocharged Edwardsport's cost and the challenge of keeping it running smoothly — a reality the plant's operators are still grappling with.