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Too Close for Comfort?

Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011

Private dinner meetings between the CEO of Duke Energy and the chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission raise questions about whether the relationship regulated and regulators is too close.  As reported in the Indianapolis Star: 

"This certainly gives the appearance of (Duke having) an inside track," said Judy Nadler, a senior fellow in government ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University in California, and a former mayor of Santa Clara, who frequently dealt with regulators on energy issues concerning the city-owned electric utility, Silicon Valley Power. "It's a fairness issue that everyone have equal access."