— The Indiana Supreme Court has publicly reprimanded a former regulatory
attorney for negotiating a job for himself with Duke Energy Corp. while
presiding over a case involving millions of dollars in cost overruns at a
Star reports the court voted 5-0 this week to reprimand Scott Storms, whom
Duke later fired amid an ethics flap over the utility's dealings with the
Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
Storms was the
IURC's general counsel and chief administrative law judge in 2010 when it
considered whether to pass along to customers cost overruns at Duke's
coal-gasification project in Edwardsport.
repeatedly said he didn't mislead his supervisors and didn't compromise
his duties, but he agreed to the reprimand. A phone message seeking
comment was left for Storms Thursday.