Alternative fuels

Group, bill promote natural gas fueling stations

April 9, 2013
Associated Press
Natural gas advocates want to create incentives for building fueling stations across the state in hopes that more people will operate vehicles using alternative fuels.
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IPL to install charging stations for Indianapolis fleet

January 28, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. will install 26 vehicle-charging stations at three city locations to assist with Mayor Greg Ballard's goal of converting the city fleet to gas alternatives by 2025.
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Report: Plug-in vehicles slow to spark interest in Indy

January 2, 2013
Dan Human
Plug-in electric vehicles, which are struggling to gain traction nationwide, have even less appeal in central Indiana than they do in most areas of the country, a new study says.
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Monarch turns to natural gas to run trucking fleet

December 4, 2012
J.K. Wall
In a sign of the rising popularity of natural gas engines, the Indianapolis-based distributor of alcoholic beverages will make 85 of its 105 trucks run on natural gas by 2015.
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Citizens Energy looking to fuel big rigs

June 7, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Local utility trust Citizens Energy Group plans to sell liquefied natural gas for use in cross-country semi trucks as a lower-cost alternative to diesel fuel.
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Russian investor gives Ener1 fresh startRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Russian timber tycoon who poured millions into a battery maker with Hoosier roots is the new owner of Ener1 Inc. Boris Zingarevich supplied $50 million for Ener1’s March 30 exit from bankruptcy and is moving its headquarters from New York to Indianapolis—already home to its core subsidiary, EnerDel.
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High gas prices leading to lower demand for ethanol

April 6, 2012
Bloomberg News
Waning demand for gasoline is putting the United States on course to miss a target for ethanol use for the first time, signaling no let-up in the slide in prices.
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City avoids foreign brands in adding to its fleet of hybrid vehiclesRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Department of Public Works bought Ford Fusion hybrids after the purchase of Toyota's a few years ago stirred controversy.
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Compressed natural gas for cars shows signs of catching onRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The alternative fuel may soon generate more cash for local firms because it's much cheaper than gasoline.
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Indiana gives grants to convert fleets to alternative fuelsRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Office of Energy Development is dispensing grants of up to $500,000 to help private- and public-sector organizations convert their vehicles.
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Purdue professor says ethanol consumption has its limits

January 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Current infrastructure for delivering the alternative fuel isn't adequate to use all that the federal government says must be produced.
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Indianapolis-based Xylogenics licenses yeast strain to ethanol producer

August 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Xylogenics claims its yeast strain, developed at the Indiana University School of Medicine, can increase yields and lower costs of producing corn ethanol.
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Local racing-fuel supplier expands territory to 26 states

August 26, 2010
Scott Olson
National Biofuels Distribution LLC, a subsidiary of Carmel-based Telamon Corp., signs two distribution contracts to expand its distribution reach. The company began marketing its ethanol-based racing fuel, Ignite, about a year ago.
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Indianapolis to demonstate plug-in electric vehicles

February 18, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Green watch
                           video iconCity will be among first to conduct demonstration of several plug-in electric vehicles prior to their market launch next year.
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Pickens' natural-gas plan may prove boon to truck builders

January 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Converting the U.S. trucking industry to natural gas will benefit manufacturers including Columbus-based Cummins Inc., T. Boone Pickens says.
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Telecom supplier Telamon hopes to 'ignite' racing industry

November 6, 2009
Scott Olson
Carmel-based Telamon Corp. rose to become one of the largest minority-owned businesses in the area largely by serving telecommunications giants. Now it is veering off its traditional course to supply racing teams with an ethanol-based fuel made from Indiana corn.
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Lithium-ion battery maker names new president

September 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
EnerDel, an Indianapolis-based producer of automotive lithium-ion batteries, has named a new president, the company announced today.
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Carbon Motors files for $310 million loan

August 13, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Carbon Motors yesterday filed for a $310 million federal loan to help it begin producing high-tech police cars in Connersville.
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EnerDel lands $118 million stimulus grant

August 5, 2009
Scott Olson
EnerDel, an Indianapolis-based producer of automotive lithium-ion batteries, will receive $118.5 million in a matching grant from the federal government.
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Natural-gas car proposal could boost Greensburg Honda plant

July 9, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Hoping to spur alternative vehicles, lawmakers want to double the size of tax breaks on cars that run on natural gas. That could be good news for Indiana, where Honda Motor Corp. produces the natural-gas-powered Civic GX in Greensburg.
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Ballard trip to explore clean energyRestricted Content

April 6, 2009
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and other city officials will travel to Brazil in May to explore renewable-energy production, in hopes of making the city a leader in the technology.
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Local company out to turn algae into fuel of futureRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Stellarwind is believed to be the first algae-oil company in Indiana and among dozens of others around the country at the forefront of what's being called the third wave of biofuels production.
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Quest for new rocket fuel leads scientists to kitchenRestricted Content

March 16, 2009
Sam Stall
At Purdue University, the quest for a new missile and spacecraft fuel has brought together an oil-and-vinegar mix of rocket scientists and food scientists.
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IUPUI startup eyes yeast as fuel for ethanolRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Chris O'Malley
A firm hatched out of the Indiana University School of Medicine has raised $150,000 toward bringing to market yeasts that could be a cure for one of the biggest bioengineering challenges of the day.
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Fund to fuel ethanol use out of gasRestricted Content

December 29, 2008
Chris O'Malley
A state fund supporting an 18-cent-a-gallon tax credit for gas stations selling E85 ethanol was exhausted in the first three months of the state's new fiscal year.
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  1. Apologies for the wall of text. I promise I had this nicely formatted in paragraphs in Notepad before pasting here.

  2. I believe that is incorrect Sir, the people's tax-dollars are NOT paying for the companies investment. Without the tax-break the company would be paying an ADDITIONAL $11.1 million in taxes ON TOP of their $22.5 Million investment (Building + IT), for a total of $33.6M or a 50% tax rate. Also, the article does not specify what the total taxes were BEFORE the break. Usually such a corporate tax-break is a 'discount' not a 100% wavier of tax obligations. For sake of example lets say the original taxes added up to $30M over 10 years. $12.5M, New Building $10.0M, IT infrastructure $30.0M, Total Taxes (Example Number) == $52.5M ININ's Cost - $1.8M /10 years, Tax Break (Building) - $0.75M /10 years, Tax Break (IT Infrastructure) - $8.6M /2 years, Tax Breaks (against Hiring Commitment: 430 new jobs /2 years) == 11.5M Possible tax breaks. ININ TOTAL COST: $41M Even if you assume a 100% break, change the '30.0M' to '11.5M' and you can see the Company will be paying a minimum of $22.5, out-of-pocket for their capital-investment - NOT the tax-payers. Also note, much of this money is being spent locally in Indiana and it is creating 430 jobs in your city. I admit I'm a little unclear which tax-breaks are allocated to exactly which expenses. Clearly this is all oversimplified but I think we have both made our points! :) Sorry for the long post.

  3. Clearly, there is a lack of a basic understanding of economics. It is not up to the company to decide what to pay its workers. If companies were able to decide how much to pay their workers then why wouldn't they pay everyone minimum wage? Why choose to pay $10 or $14 when they could pay $7? The answer is that companies DO NOT decide how much to pay workers. It is the market that dictates what a worker is worth and how much they should get paid. If Lowe's chooses to pay a call center worker $7 an hour it will not be able to hire anyone for the job, because all those people will work for someone else paying the market rate of $10-$14 an hour. This forces Lowes to pay its workers that much. Not because it wants to pay them that much out of the goodness of their heart, but because it has to pay them that much in order to stay competitive and attract good workers.

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  5. It is sad to see these races not have a full attendance. The Indy Car races are so much more exciting than Nascar. It seems to me the commenters here are still a little upset with Tony George from a move he made 20 years ago. It was his decision to make, not yours. He lost his position over it. But I believe the problem in all pro sports is the escalating price of admission. In todays economy, people have to pay much more for food and gas. The average fan cannot attend many events anymore. It's gotten priced out of most peoples budgets.

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