Energy & Environment

Indiana county pushes ahead with fertilizer plant

June 6, 2013
Associated Press
The Pakistan-based developers of a fertilizer plant have won a southwestern Indiana county's initial approval for the project, weeks after the state pulled its support.
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Downtown steam-plant customers face steep rate increase

June 6, 2013
 IBJ Staff
About 200 downtown business and industrial customers would pay an average of 12.9 percent more for steam services under a rate-increase proposal by Citizens Energy Group.
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Indiana gas prices soar to 50 cents above U.S. average

June 5, 2013
Associated Press
The website Gasbuddy.com said Indiana's average price of a gallon of unleaded regular gas was nearly $4.16 Wednesday afternoon, compared with the national average of nearly $3.64 a gallon.
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Miller Pipeline plans $5.3M expansion, more jobs

June 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based subsidiary of Vectren Corp. plans to construct a 52,000-square-foot building at its 34-acre corporate campus at 8850 Crawfordsville Road.
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Minnesota company to launch iron ore plant in Indiana

June 2, 2013
Associated Press
Magnetation LLC of Grand Rapids, Minn., plans to invest up to $350 million in Indiana to build a plant at the site of an abandoned VeraSun Energy Corp. ethanol plant in Reynolds,
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Sierra Club puts Harding coal plant in crosshairs

June 1, 2013
The Sierra Club wants the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to block an IPL plan to spend $511 million on pollution controls at its 39-year-old Harding Street plant, plus a four-unit station in the southwestern Indiana town of Petersburg.
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Indiana farmers make rapid progress planting corn

May 30, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana farmers who had worried that wet spring weather would prevent them from planting some of their corn fields are now ahead of schedule at getting the state's top crop in the ground.
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Developer pushing central Indiana wind farm plans

May 28, 2013
Associated Press
A developer has slightly scaled back plans for a central Indiana wind farm as the company tries to win approval from county officials for the estimated $300 million project.
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EPA seeks to add Keystone property to Superfund list

May 22, 2013
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday proposed adding three sites in Indiana—including one in Indianapolis—to its highest priority cleanup list for hazardous waste sites.
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Central Indiana county leaders back reservoir study

May 21, 2013
Associated Press
The Delaware County commissioners on Monday endorsed a resolution supporting environmental and engineering studies for the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir.
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Proposed requirements could sink Muncie-area wind farm

May 19, 2013
A central Indiana official says the tough conditions opponents of a planned wind farm are seeking for the project would leave little room for the proposed power-generating wind turbines.
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River protest set for proposed central Indiana reservoir

May 17, 2013
Associated Press
Organizer and environmentalist Clarke Kahlo told The Herald Bulletin that the group is trying to build public awareness of the amount of land that would disappear if the reservoir is built.
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Top Indiana wind farm drafts bat-protection plan

May 15, 2013
Associated Press
The operators of Indiana's largest wind farm are proposing changing the nighttime operations of the farm's 300-plus wind turbines to protect endangered Indiana bats from being killed by the turbines' spinning blades.
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Indiana farmers catching up on some planting

May 14, 2013
Associated Press
A weekly report says 30 percent of Indiana's corn crop was planted as of Sunday, up from 8 percent the week before, but still off the 5-year average of 54 percent.
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Foes organizing against central Indiana wind farm plans

May 13, 2013
Associated Press
A Chicago-based company is seeking permission from Delaware County officials to build about 30 turbines across 15,000 acres of agricultural areas northeast of Muncie.
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Greenfield plant transforms waste into fertilizer

May 9, 2013
Associated Press
Spring gardeners, lawn manicurists and nursery folk of all varieties on the hunt for cheap fertilizer this planting season need look no farther than the Greenfield's wastewater treatment facility.
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Indiana's honey bee colonies see 30-percent drop

May 8, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's honey bee populations are taking a hit from a mysterious disorder that's devastating bee colonies across the nation.
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Central Indiana county not blocking wind farm plans

May 7, 2013
Associated Press
Delaware County commissioners decided Monday that they won't take immediate action on a moratorium to block a proposed wind farm.
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Indiana farmers still far behind planting corn crop

May 7, 2013
Associated Press
The federal government's weekly crop report says 8 percent of the Indiana corn crop was planted as of Sunday, well behind the 82 percent planted by the same time last year.
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Indiana firms lose ground on Fortune 500 list

May 7, 2013
Mason King
Five of the six Hoosier firms that appear in the 2013 rankings slipped from their positions in last year's list of the largest U.S. companies.
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Inquiry targets cellphone subsidiesRestricted Content

May 4, 2013
Dan Human
State officials want to know how an Oklahoma City company managed to set up 30,000 Indiana accounts for a federally subsidized phone program in less than a year. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has launched an investigation into whether TerraCom LLC is repeating federal violations it allegedly committed in Oklahoma.
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IPL's $631M power plant to start construction in 2014

May 1, 2013
Mason King
Plans for the plant, officially announced Wednesday, call for an environmentally friendly facility outside of Martinsville that could produce 650 megawatts of power. Construction could employ 660 workers.
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Ag experts advising patience for Indiana corn farmers

May 1, 2013
Associated Press
As of Sunday, farmers in Indiana had planted just 1 percent of the corn crop, compared with the five-year average of 30 percent by the end of April, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Developers suspend most Rockport gas plant work

April 30, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana Gasification project manager Mark Lubbers told the Evansville Courier & Press that neither the General Assembly nor Gov. Mike Pence support the project.
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Anderson loses 'Tree City' status after 21 years

April 29, 2013
Associated Press
Anderson's title, first granted in 1991, appears to have been lost due to issues with paperwork. The status is awarded by the Arbor Day Foundation and others to recognize cities with viable tree-management plans and programs.
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