Energy & Environment

Indiana farm fatalities continue downward trend

September 29, 2014
Associated Press
The report says Indiana has had fewer than 30 documented deaths from farm-related accidents each year since 1996.
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NiSource to split into two publicly traded companies

September 29, 2014
Bloomberg News, Associated Press
Merrillville-based NiSource will continue to provide natural gas and electricity to more than 3 million customers, while Houston-based Columbia Pipeline Group will own 15,000 miles of natural gas transmission pipelines.
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Lykins stepping down as Citizens CEO in 2015

September 24, 2014
Jeff Newman
Carey Lykins has been with Citizens for 42 years, including the past nine as president and CEO. He joined the local utility group as a cashier in 1973 when it was known as Citizens Gas & Coke Utility.
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Indiana’s use of renewable energy up over past decade

September 23, 2014
 The Statehouse File
In 2002, less than 2 percent of the state’s energy use came from renewable resources. By 2012, the last year for which objective statistics are available, the rate increased to more than 5 percent.
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Neighbors file suit to block 2,000-hog facility

September 22, 2014
Associated Press
Nearby residents raised worries that the hog facility would lower the water table, cause odors and increase truck traffic near their homes in the rural area about 30 miles south of Indianapolis.
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Second solar farm slated for Indy airport

September 19, 2014
Mason King
Airport officials have agreed to lease about 76 acres of land at the airport to the same private developers who created the current, 44,000-panel field by the Interstate 70 exit.
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Wal-Mart targeted by lawsuit for local PCB discovery

September 18, 2014
Scott Olson
The complaint stems from the discovery of the carcinogen at a Wal-Mart return center on the east side of Indianapolis. The suit seeks class-action status on behalf of its 600 workers.
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State energy trade association replaces longtime leader

September 18, 2014
Jeff Newman
The Indiana Energy Association has appointed former Northern Indiana Public Service Co. President Mark Maassel as president, succeeding longtime leader Ed Simcox, the organization announced Thursday.
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USDA approves new modified corn, soybean seeds

September 17, 2014
Associated Press
The farmers won't be able to take full advantage of the seeds until the EPA issues a second ruling allowing the use of weed killer Enlist. The EPA has said it will rule this fall on Indianapolis-based Dow AgroSciences' application to market the chemical.
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Paper companies sue over Indianapolis recycling deal

September 11, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
A lawsuit filed by two paper companies and an Indianapolis resident seeks to invalidate a city agreement with Covanta to build a $45 million recycling center.
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Indiana gives initial OK to off-site manure ponds

September 10, 2014
Associated Press
A state panel gave preliminary approval Wednesday to Indiana's first rules governing big stand-alone ponds and lagoons built to hold manure trucked in from livestock farms.
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Banner year for central Indiana crops nothing to bank on

September 10, 2014
Associated Press
Hoosier farmers are expecting a record haul in corn and soybeans this year, but crop revenue might fall below production costs.
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Renault teams with Bollore to promote electric cars

September 9, 2014
Bloomberg News
Renault SA is teaming up with French billionaire Vincent Bollore to make electric cars as the two struggle to establish a market for the emission-free vehicles, including one in Indianapolis.
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Court: IURC erred in approving Duke fee hike

September 8, 2014
Associated Press
The Indiana Court of Appeals ruled Monday that state utility regulators wrongly approved $61 million in ratepayer fees for the Edwardsport coal gasification plant.
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Pence fills opening on Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

September 3, 2014
Associated Press
James Huston fills a vacancy on the IURC created in May when James Atterholt, who had been the panel's chairman, stepped down to become Pence's chief of staff.
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Work progressing on eastern Indiana wind farm

September 2, 2014
Associated Press
Dozens of 320-foot-tall towers are going up in an eastern Indiana county for what will be another wind farm in the state.
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Fee approved for Vectren to replace Indiana pipes

September 1, 2014
Associated Press
The approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission gives Vectren permission to charge a monthly fee to cover 80 percent of the project's estimated $865 million cost. The fee will show up on customer bills starting in 2015 and continue through 2021.
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U.S. farm income seen falling from record 2013 levels

August 27, 2014
Bloomberg News
Lower prices for corn and soybeans will drive the profits of U.S. farmers down to an estimated $113.2 billion in 2014, a decline of 14 percent from last year’s record, according to the Department of Agriculture.
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New solar farm in Richmond begins generating power

August 26, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana Municipal Power Agency said the 8-acre solar farm on the grounds of Richmond Power and Light contains about 4,000 solar panels. They will generate enough electricity to power about 200 homes.
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Coats: Planned reservoir can't rely on fed money

August 22, 2014
Associated Press
U.S. Sen. Dan Coats said planners of a proposed central Indiana reservoir shouldn't look to the federal government for help in financing the $450 million project.
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Proportion of zero-car households rolls past 10 percent

August 16, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis experienced one of the fastest gains in car-less households of any major city in a recent five-year period, according to U.S. Census data compiled by a University of Michigan researcher.
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IPL moves to drop coal from Harding Street power plant

August 15, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indianapolis' electricity utility plans to convert its aging Harding Street power plant entirely to natural gas by 2016, after facing growing pressure to do so from environmental groups and politicians.
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Farmers on pace for record corn crop, report says

August 12, 2014
Associated Press
A bigger crop was expected as adequate rain and cool temperatures made for favorable growing conditions in the 18 states that produce 91 percent of the nation's corn.
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Groups want Indianapolis utility to test water

August 11, 2014
Associated Press
Environmental, health and neighborhood groups are calling on the Marion County Health Department to compel Indianapolis Power & Light to test groundwater at eight coal ash lagoons on the city's south side.
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Byproducts big business for Morgan County grain mill

August 11, 2014
Associated Press
It appears one man's bust is another's boom, because many of the reasons byproducts have become so popular are the same reasons you're paying historically high prices for beef.
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