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Tipton getting cheap power

by David Zatz on

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The city of Tipton, Indiana is working on giving Chrysler a cut-rate price on energy, provided they use at least 4 megawatts of power per month, according to the Kokomo Tribune. Currently, Chrysler would have to use 10 megawatts per month for the discounted rate (available to all manufacturers). A first reading of the ordinance will take place on Monday, with a public hearing and second reading at 5:15 pm on January 13. The rate would have to be approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.

The original rate was passed in 2008 for Getrag Transmission Manufacturing; that venture failed when Cerberus and Getrag disagreed about financing. The new Chrysler transmission plant will be at the same site but will use far less power, since it will be used for assembly only.

No business in Tipton qualifies for the 10 megawatt rate. High Performance Alloys might also qualify for the 4 megawatt rate. 

Chrysler is investing large sums of money in new transmission facilities in Indiana, despite the state’s past lawsuits against the company (see “related items”). Thanks, “Int.”

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