Robert C. Skaggs Jr.

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Robert C. Skaggs Jr. is president and chief executive officer of NiSource. He was named president in October 2004 and CEO in July 2005. Previously he was executive vice president of Regulated Revenue for the company.[1]

Beginning in 1996 he was president of Columbia Gas of Ohio and Columbia gas of Kentucky. When Columbia Energy Group merged with NiSource in November 2000, he also became the president of Bay State Gas and Northern Utilities. In 2001, his role was further expanded to include the titles of president and CEO of the Columbia companies in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland.[1]

Skaggs received an undergraduate degree in economics from Davidson College, a law degree from West Virginia University and a master's degree in business administration from Tulane University.[1]


Skaggs has the following affiliations:[1]

  • Board of directors and executive committee, American Gas Association
  • Member, Midwest Energy Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Energy Bar Association
  • Member, West Virginia Bar Association
  • Former board member, Southeastern Gas Association member of the


In April 2008, Forbes listed Skaggs as receiving $810,000 in total compensation in the previous fiscal year, with a five-year total compensation of $2.58 million. He ranked 39th on the list of CEOs in the Utility industry, and 498th out of all CEOs in the United States.[2]

Power portfolio

Out of its total 4,079 MW of electric generating capacity in 2005 (0.38% of the U.S. total), NiSource produced 85.1% from coal, 14.5% from natural gas, and 0.5% from hydroelectricity. All of NiSource's power plants are in Indiana.[3]

Existing coal-fired power plants

NiSource owned 10 coal-fired generating stations in 2005, with 3,470 MW of capacity. Here is a list of NiSource's coal power plants:[3][4][5]

Plant Name State County Year(s) Built Capacity 2007 CO2 Emissions 2006 SO2 Emissions
Schahfer IN Jasper 1976, 1979, 1983, 1986 1943 MW 11,000,000 tons 35,909 tons
Bailly IN Porter 1962, 1968 604 MW 3,793,000 tons 3,309 tons
Michigan City IN La Porte 1974 540 MW 3,139,000 tons 14,841 tons
Mitchell IN Lake 1959, 1970 384 MW N/A tons 7,276 tons

In 2006, NiSource's 4 coal-fired power plants emitted at least 17.9 million tons of CO2 and 61,000 tons of SO2.



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Management, NiSource, accessed December 2008.
  2. CEO Compensation: #489 Robert C Skaggs Jr,, April 30, 2008.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Existing Electric Generating Units in the United States, 2005, Energy Information Administration, accessed April 2008.
  4. Environmental Integrity Project, Dirty Kilowatts: America’s Most Polluting Power Plants, July 2007.
  5. Dig Deeper, Carbon Monitoring for Action database, accessed June 2008.

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