Energy & Environment

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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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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Regulator approves Duke Energy probe settlement

December 3, 2012
Associated Press
Duke Energy formalized deals Monday that ended separate investigations by North Carolina regulators and the attorney general into whether the utility misled officials before a merger that made it the country's largest electric company.
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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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Railcar shipments making a comeback in IndianaRestricted Content

December 1, 2012
Scott Olson
High diesel prices are turning companies to trains.
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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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Iron ore processor plans $350M Indiana project

November 27, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A Minnesota-based mining company plans to spend as much as $350 million to build a iron ore pellet plant in Indiana, creating up to 100 jobs by 2015, the company announced Tuesday morning.
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Airport could land second solar-energy farm

November 21, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Airport Authority is in talks that could lead to a second solar farm at Indianapolis International Airport. Discussions are taking place even as the initial solar farm has yet to get off the ground.
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Drought no obstacle to record income for U.S. farms

November 21, 2012
Bloomberg News
Even after the worst drought in a half-century shriveled crops from Ohio to Nebraska, U.S. farmers are having their most-profitable year ever because of record- high prices and insurance claims.
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ExactTarget co-founder Baggott turns zeal to natural farmingRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
Chris Baggott has spent the past year and a half raising cattle, pigs and chickens on pasture, rather than conventional feed grain, and without the use of hormones or antibiotics.
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Transit, runoff bills on environmental group's legislative wish listRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
Chris O'Malley
But with a legislature that could be unreceptive to environmental policy, HEC is also guarding against an unwinding of existing laws.
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Green BEAN Delivery expands with second farmRestricted Content

November 17, 2012
The locally based purveyor of organic produce is leasing 50 acres in Ohio to serve its customers in that state, Indiana and Kentucky.
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Lilly Endowment gives Indiana nature trust $10M grant

November 14, 2012
Associated Press
The grant announced Wednesday by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources brings to $30 million the amount of funding for the initiative to acquire more wilderness land to mark the state's 200th birthday in 2016.
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Gift lets land trust preserve 109 acres in Johnson County

November 13, 2012
Dan Human
A $200,000 gift from the Dr. Laura Hare Charitable Trust will help the Central Indiana Land Trust acquire 109 forested acres in southwest Johnson County.
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Authorities seek cause, assess damages of fatal explosion

November 12, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indianapolis Deputy Code Enforcement Director Adam Collins said 80 homes were damaged in the Richmond Hill neighborhood, including 31 houses that might need to be demolished. He estimated the damage at $3.6 million.
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Out-of-the-way telecom company to branch into IndyRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Smithville Telephone, headquartered in Ellettsville, near Bloomington, is the state’s largest independently owned phone company. Its Smithville Digital division, which provides fiber-optic communications to businesses, hospitals and schools in 17 Indiana counties, mostly in the south, has quietly been growing on the periphery of Indianapolis.
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Hoosier Environmental Council's job no easier with Pence administrationRestricted Content

November 10, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Group plans full-time presence at Statehouse to guard against governor, Republican legislature rolling back environmental protections.
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CountryMark buying oil, natural gas operations for $125 million

November 9, 2012
Scott Olson
Indianapolis-based CountryMark Cooperative Holding Corp. said Friday morning that it has agreed to pay $125 million to purchase a portion of the oil and natural gas operations of Continental Resources Inc. in Oklahoma City.
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Duke Energy earnings hurt by mild weather

November 8, 2012
Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp., the nation's largest electric utility by market value, reported stronger-than-expected earnings for the third quarter, but company executives said the outlook for strong economic growth in the U.S. is dim.
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Farm fatalities fall in Indiana; no children die

November 8, 2012
Associated Press
A new Purdue University report says farm-related deaths in Indiana fell to 16 last year and none involved children for the first time in 13 years.
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Indiana's oldest ethanol plant shuts down, idling 40

November 6, 2012
Associated Press
High corn prices, large ethanol inventories, lower gas prices and lower fuel demand were factors cited for the shutdown.
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Westfield votes to approve $91M water utility sale

November 5, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The Westfield City Council voted 6-1 Monday night to transfer its water and wastewater assets to Citizens Energy Group for $91 million.
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Dry cleaners' solvents taint Martinsville's waterRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently proposed placing the city of Martinsville on its Superfund priority list, citing groundwater contamination traced to several former dry cleaning shops in the heart of town.
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Dry cleaners moving to 'perc' alternativesRestricted Content

November 3, 2012
Chris O'Malley
One of the region’s largest dry cleaning companies recently washed its hands of perchloroethylene, the dry cleaning chemical at the heart of about 170 cleaner site cleanups statewide.
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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