Indiana utility regulators approved Duke Energy's $2 billion coal-fired power plant yesterday. The 630MW IGCC plant has been in the works for over 2 years and still needs to obtain permit approval from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. If the permits are received, construction could begin next year with an online date of early 2012. Indiana regulators are requiring Duke Energy to complete a study to determine the feasibility to capture 18% of the CO2 emitted by the plant as part of the approval process. The study should be completed within 6 months barring any setbacks. The plant is also to be built so that carbon capture and storage equipment can be added once it is determined to be viable, however, the commission did not state that Duke has to add the technology.