Energy & Environment

Tipton County approves $300M wind farm, with limits

March 21, 2013
Associated Press
A central Indiana county has given the go-ahead to a proposed $300 million wind farm while also approving restrictions that address concerns about the project's impact on property values.
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Scrap industry backs regulation of oft-stolen items

March 20, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
An Indiana Senate committee on Tuesday approved House Bill 1441, which would make it illegal to sell air-conditioner coils or catalytic converters without proof of ownership.
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Proposed Indiana reservoir would face several reviews

March 19, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's Department of Homeland Security and several divisions of the Department of Natural Resources would have to review the 2,000-acre reservoir proposal, as would the Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
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Indiana House panel amends utility rate bill

March 13, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana manufacturers and consumer groups opposed to a bill that would make it easier for power companies to raise their rates won concessions Wednesday from House lawmakers.
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Indiana crop insurance payouts for 2012 losses top $1B

March 12, 2013
Associated Press
Purdue University said Tuesday that Indiana farmers received payouts for 2012 corn, soybean and wheat losses that are nearly twice as much as the previous record of $522 million in 2008.
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Ice Miller finds utility in Kay Pashos' executive pastRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Member of firm's emerging energy practice was once president of PSI Energy.
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IPL boosts renewables portfolio with more solarRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Farm planned for northeast of Indianapolis Motor Speedway will add to sun/wind capabilities.
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Indianapolis firm seeks oil in north-central Indiana

March 7, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis-based CountryMark hopes an Indiana oil field that once was the largest in the United States can be lucrative again.
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CountryMark paying $18 million for pollution controls

March 1, 2013
Associated Press
Government officials alleged Indianapolis-based CountryMark violated the law when the oil refiner expanded operations without obtaining proper permits and installing necessary pollution controls.
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Environmental groups lob new suit at I-69 work

February 27, 2013
Scott Olson
For the third time, the Hoosier Environmental Council has filed a federal suit attempting to stop construction of the 142-mile link between Evansville and Indianapolis.
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HEMPSTEAD: Indianapolis approaching important tipping pointRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Sarah Hempstead
Confluence of trends, developments offer special opportunity.
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Citizens seeks rate increases to fund $560M in upgrades

February 21, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis-based utility said the average residential water customer would see monthly water bills increase from $31 to $34.
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High court seems to favor Monsanto in patent case

February 19, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. Supreme Court appeared likely Tuesday to side with Monsanto Co. in its claim that an Indiana farmer violated the company's patents on soybean seeds that are resistant to its weed-killer.
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High-stakes fight over soybeans at high court

February 18, 2013
Associated Press
The court case poses the question of an Indiana farmer's actions violated the patent rights held by Monsanto, which developed seeds that survive when farmers spray their fields with Roundup weed-killer. The seeds dominate agriculture, including in Indiana, where more than 90 percent of soybeans are Roundup Ready.
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Indiana coal industry scrambling to save its futureRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Options include increasing exports as opposition to coal-fired electricity generation heats up at both national and local levels.
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Does hybrid-tech startup have investors too revved up?Restricted Content

February 16, 2013
Greg Andrews
Echo Automotive trades on the OTC Bulletin Board, the Wild West of investing—where cheap stock prices and low trading volumes can translate into wild swings in stock price.
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Two neighboring utilities united by fiber in Hancock CountyRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Unusual merger of Hancock Telecom and Central Indiana Power is paving the way for network deployment in rural areas.
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IPL assessed $214,200 penalty in plant explosion

February 11, 2013
Chris O'Malley
The Indiana Department of Labor alleges lack of proper safeguards in an August blast that injured two workers at IPL's Harding Street generating station on the southwest side.
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Water, sewer utilities stink up Citizens' earningsRestricted Content

February 9, 2013
The biggest contributor to an $11.8 million loss in 2012 was the wastewater unit it bought from the city the year before.
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Indiana Senate panel delays Rockport plant hearing

February 7, 2013
Associated Press
Senate Utilities Committee chairman Sen. Jim Merritt said Thursday he's delayed until next week a hearing on the bill involving Indiana Gasification LLC's planned $2.8 billion plant in the Ohio River city of Rockport.
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Judge OKs sale of Indiana's oldest ethanol plant

February 6, 2013
Associated Press
A joint venture bought the New Energy Corp. plant at auction last week for $2.5 million. New Energy had hoped the auction would cover the company's $54 million in debt. A large portion of that debt is owed to the U.S. Department of Energy, which guaranteed the original loans.
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Indiana officials look to boost agriculture research

February 3, 2013
Associated Press
The state's agriculture department under new Gov. Mike Pence is planning a push into the science behind food production by trying to build a network of university and commercial researchers for what's being called an Agriculture Innovation Corridor.
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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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Regulators snuff $42M Duke Energy proposalRestricted Content

February 2, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Utility wanted to conduct a study to determine how to dispose of carbon dioxide produced by its Edwardsport coal gasification plant.
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Bill eases path for utilities to boost ratesRestricted Content

January 26, 2013
Chris O'Malley
An 11-page utility bill in the Indiana Senate that a consumer group likens to “a money grab” would hasten and expand a utility’s ability to recover additional costs from customers.
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