Alternative energy

Plan approved for wind farm; Purdue to do research

April 24, 2014
Associated Press
Zoning officials have approved scaled-back plans for a northern Indiana wind farm where Purdue University researchers plan to study the impact of the towering turbines.
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Largest solar farm on Superfund site goes online

April 18, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's largest solar farm built on a federal Superfund site is now generating power in Indianapolis on property once tainted by a long-closed plant's wood-treating operations.
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Ball State prepares to idle its coal-fired boilers

March 19, 2014
Associated Press
Ball State University officials are preparing to stop burning coal at the campus steam plant as the school pushes ahead with its partial conversion to geothermal energy.
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Bottleneck bedevils Indiana's mighty wind turbinesRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Dan Human
Lack of transmission lines keeps green energy from flowing to the Midwest.
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Duke Energy Indiana seeks solar power proposals

February 6, 2014
Associated Press
Duke Energy Indiana is taking proposals for solar power projects called for under a settlement the utility reached last year with consumer groups.
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Car guy falls in love with Tesla after visiting new local dealership—and taking a drive

January 4, 2014
Chris O'Malley
The new electric-powered Tesla Model S corners a lot like a Lamborghini and has more than twice the range of a Nissan Leaf.
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Wind farm says Duke violated contract

December 21, 2013
Dan Human
The owner of a northern Indiana wind farm says Duke Energy Indiana Inc.—which had agreed to buy energy the 87-turbine operation produces—breached its contract, “proving disastrous.
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IDEM chief: Fed rules essentially ban new coal plants

October 30, 2013
Associated Press
The commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Thomas Easterly, told lawmakers that the pending federal regulations will essentially rule out coal-fired power plants that currently generate much of the state's electricity.
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Citizens' alternative fuel subsidiary nabs UPS contract

October 22, 2013
Dan Human
Kinetrex Energy in March will begin supplying liquefied natural gas to five of UPS’s fueling stations in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Missouri.
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New vision for Eastgate includes solar farm

September 21, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
A former east-side shopping mall will soon be covered in solar panels, possibly the most transformative of property owner Alex Carroll’s various redevelopment efforts.
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Tesla luxury electric car seeking outpost at Fashion MallRestricted Content

September 7, 2013
Scott Olson
Tesla Motors Inc. is eyeing space in the Fashion Mall at Keystone and is seeking a zoning variance to sell cars there and to install charging stations within the parking garage.
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Landfill operators explore energy-creation options

August 12, 2013
Associated Press
Gas produced by a southern Indiana landfill could be captured and used to generate revenue, but Cummins workers who studied the possibilities say local officials shouldn't take the idea to the bank just yet.
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BioTown still dependent on grid eight years later

February 3, 2013
Associated Press
Eight years after being nicknamed Biotown USA, the town of Reynolds is as dependent on the energy grid as it ever was, and is likely to become more so.
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Indiana wind energy industry wants longer tax credit

January 3, 2013
Associated Press
Officials with Indiana's wind energy industry say they are relieved by Congress' one-year extension of a tax credit but contend it will take a longer-term approach to grow the industry and create jobs in the state.
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City unveils plan to convert vehicle fleet from gas, diesel

December 12, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Mayor Greg Ballard outlined plans to shift the city's fleet of cars, heavy trucks and even police cruisers to a mix of electricity and natural gas by 2025.
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Citizens plans new unit to sell liquefied natural gas

December 6, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Citizens Energy Group’s multistate transportation and industrial fueling subsidiary would market the gas as an alternative vehicle fuel.
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Indiana experiencing surge in wind power market

December 2, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana has a wind resource of 148,228 megawatts, the 15th biggest in the country, according to industry trade group the American Wind Energy Association. And its growing.
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Wabash Valley Power aggressively shifting to greener alternativesRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The Wabash Valley Power Association has been reducing its dependence on energy produced from coal—from 95 percent five years ago to 54 percent today. The utility is leaning more on natural gas and even renewable-energy sources like methane from landfills and animal waste.
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Crews face deadline on central Indiana wind farm project

November 30, 2012
Associated Press
Construction crews are hustling to beat a Dec. 31 deadline to get 125 turbines in operation for a wind farm that is eventually planned to reach into four central Indiana counties.
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Commercialization priority for Lugar energy centerRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
Chris O'Malley
IUPUI unit has ambitious plans even as namesake prepares to step down from long-held seat in Congress.
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Transmission line would bring more wind power to Indiana

August 17, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indiana electric utilities choking on federal environmental rules that threaten their coal and oil-powered generating stations might be able to tap wind power generated in the plains states starting in 2017.
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IPL pulling plug on renewable-energy effort

July 5, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Power & Light says beginning next March it will stop offering to buy electricity from customers who generate it from renewable sources—a blow to advocates of wind, solar and other clean forms of energy.
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Abound failure raises questions anew about Obama policies

June 29, 2012
Bloomberg News
The failure of a second solar manufacturer that received loan guarantees from the U.S. Energy Department adds to pressure on President Barack Obama to justify incentives for the clean-energy industry that’s being undercut by Chinese competition.
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Sierra Club pressures utilities to find alternatives to coalRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Dave Menzer, director of the Sierra Club’s new “Beyond Coal” campaign in Indiana, aims to spark discussion about the health and environmental costs of the state’s bituminous bounty that for years has brought relatively cheap electric rates.
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Work on central Indiana wind farm set for this summer

May 14, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A company planning to build a wind farm spread across four central Indiana counties north of Indianapolis says it has obtained 125 building permits for the project's first phase.
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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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