Energy & Environment

Nature Conservancy HQ gets top green certification

September 27, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The Nature Conservancy's energy-efficient Indiana headquarters has been certified with a top energy rating for innovations that include three wind turbines.
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Vectren agrees to settlement in Indiana gas explosion

September 25, 2012
Associated Press
Vectren Corp. has agreed to pay $75,000 in penalties and take other steps in response to a natural gas explosion that destroyed a southern Indiana home and injured five people.
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Citizens agrees to buy Westfield utilities for $91M

September 24, 2012
The proposed sale to Citizens Energy Group would include Westfield's water and wastewater utilities. Citizens bought water utilities from the city of Indianapolis last year for $1.9 billion.
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Citizens Energy to roll out combined billsRestricted Content

September 22, 2012
Gas, water and sewer charges will be consolidated into one mailing to reap savings promised in merger of gas, water utilities.
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Wind farm in limbo over tax-credit uncertainty

September 21, 2012
Associated Press
Unless Congress votes to extend renewable energy tax credits by the end of the year, E-on Climate & Renewables has to have all 125 wind turbines operational in Phase 1 of the Wildcat Wind Farm in northern Madison County and eastern Tipton County.
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Group seeks to halt spending on Ohio River bridges

September 21, 2012
Associated Press
A group that opposes two new planned Ohio River bridges is asking a judge to force Indiana and Kentucky to halt spending on the $2.6 billion project.
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Indiana ethanol plant resumes operations

September 19, 2012
Bloomberg News
Valero Energy Corp., the third-largest U.S. ethanol producer, has restarted distilleries in Nebraska and Indiana, as profit margins for the fuel improved.
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Indiana's wind power industry faces unclear future

September 17, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's once-promising wind-power industry is facing an uncertain future as Congress debates whether to renew a tax credit that's set to expire by the end of the year.
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Groups oppose end to some Indiana hearing notices

September 14, 2012
Associated Press
Eighteen environmental and public interest groups are urging Indiana's environmental agency to reconsider its plans to stop publishing newspaper notices that alert the public about hearings on proposed air-quality policy changes.
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Solar panel maker Abound to auction off assets

September 10, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Abound Solar Inc., the bankrupt solar-panel maker that had hoped to hire up to 1,200 people in Indiana by the end of next year, will have its assets sold at auctions this month and in October.
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BARNARD: Courts hand business big victory over insurersRestricted Content

September 8, 2012
Thomas A. Barnard / Special to IBJ
If your Indiana business has purchased liability insurance over the years and now faces an issue of environmental contamination, you might have valuable insurance coverage you don’t know about.
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Environmentalists oppose Indiana online notices shift

September 7, 2012
Associated Press
Environmentalists and Indiana's newspaper association say a state agency's plans to stop publishing notices about public hearings on air-quality issues will leave some residents in the dark about policy changes that could impact their health.
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Waste recycler plans $350M Indiana plant

September 7, 2012
Associated Press
A company says it has lined up the money it needs to build a $350 million waste-recycling plant with 180 employees in northeastern Indiana.
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Commercialization priority for Lugar energy centerRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
Chris O'Malley
IUPUI unit has ambitious plans even as namesake prepares to step down from long-held seat in Congress.
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EnerDel charged up over utility marketRestricted Content

September 1, 2012
Dan Human
Locally based EnerDel, maker of fuel-efficient lithium-ion batteries, is steering away from the disappointing electric-vehicle market. Its new strategy: batteries for utilities—especially in emerging markets where electric grids can be unreliable, which increases the need for backup power supplies.
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Water utility eyes rate hikes to promote conservation

August 31, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Citizens Water is considering changes in the way it bills customers to conserve water during future droughts. Among the changes could be periodic rate hikes to discourage heavy usage on peak days.
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Rain aids Indiana soybeans, but Isaac worries farmers

August 29, 2012
Associated Press
A Purdue University farm expert says recent rainfall has delivered a late-season boost to Indiana's drought-stressed soybean crop.
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Pence seeks cheap energy, new nuclear reactors

August 28, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence is calling for more innovation on energy sources, improved transmission infrastructure and a renewed focus on nuclear energy.
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Oil search planned at Indiana State campus

August 28, 2012
Associated Press
Terre Haute's public works board voted Monday to give permission for a Michigan company to begin seismic testing at several locations on university-owned property near the city's downtown.
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Utilities to get bill for damaged grid-control room

August 27, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A Carmel not-for-profit that monitors the electric grid in 11 states and part of Canada plans to pass on to its member utilities and transmission-line operators $5.4 million in costs resulting from damage to its local data center last September.
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Toyota, Duke to test electric-vehicle technology in Indiana

August 22, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Toyota Motor Corp. will test and refine electric-vehicle-charging technology in the Indianapolis area under a partnership with Duke Energy Corp. announced Wednesday morning.
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History points to worse-than-expected year for crops

August 20, 2012
Bloomberg News
U.S. corn farmers, who've been hurt by the worst drought in a generation, are likely to harvest smaller crops than the government forecast this month, based an analysis of dry spells in the past 42 years.
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Transmission line would bring more wind power to Indiana

August 17, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indiana electric utilities choking on federal environmental rules that threaten their coal and oil-powered generating stations might be able to tap wind power generated in the plains states starting in 2017.
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All 92 Indiana counties now farming disaster areas

August 16, 2012
Associated Press
The federal government has now declared all 92 Indiana counties as agricultural disaster areas following the state's worst drought in decades.
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Regulators order Duke, Progress to disclose deals

August 15, 2012
Associated Press
North Carolina utilities regulators have ordered Duke Energy and Progress Energy to detail some of the deals they cut with major customers before their merger earlier this year.
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  1. Of what value is selling alcoholic beverages to State Fair patrons when there are many families with children attending. Is this the message we want to give children attending and participating in the Fair, another venue with alooholic consumption onsite. Is this to promote beer and wine production in the state which are great for the breweries and wineries, but where does this end up 10-15 years from now, lots more drinkers for the alcoholic contents. If these drinks are so important, why not remove the alcohol content and the flavor and drink itself similar to soft drinks would be the novelty, not the alcoholic content and its affects on the drinker. There is no social or material benefit from drinking alcoholic beverages, mostly people want to get slightly or highly drunk.

  2. I did;nt know anyone in Indiana could count- WHY did they NOT SAY just HOW this would be enforced? Because it WON;T! NOW- with that said- BIG BROTHER is ALIVE in this Article-why take any comment if it won't appease YOU PEOPLE- that's NOT American- with EVERYTHING you indicated is NOT said-I can see WHY it say's o Comments- YOU are COMMIES- BIG BROTHER and most likely- voted for Obama!

  3. In Europe there are schools for hairdressing but you don't get a license afterwards but you are required to assist in turkey and Italy its 7 years in japan it's 10 years England 2 so these people who assist know how to do hair their not just anybody and if your an owner and you hire someone with no experience then ur an idiot I've known stylist from different countries with no license but they are professional clean and safe they have no license but they have experience a license doesn't mean anything look at all the bad hairdressers in the world that have fried peoples hair okay but they have a license doesn't make them a professional at their job I think they should get rid of it because stateboard robs stylist and owners and they fine you for the dumbest f***ing things oh ur license isn't displayed 100$ oh ur wearing open toe shoes fine, oh there's ONE HAIR IN UR BRUSH that's a fine it's like really? So I think they need to go or ease up on their regulations because their too strict

  4. Exciting times in Carmel.

  5. Twenty years ago when we moved to Indy I was a stay at home mom and knew not very many people.WIBC was my family and friends for the most part. It was informative, civil, and humerous with Dave the KING. Terri, Jeff, Stever, Big Joe, Matt, Pat and Crumie. I loved them all, and they seemed to love each other. I didn't mind Greg Garrison, but I was not a Rush fan. NOW I can't stand Chicks and all their giggly opinions. Tony Katz is to abrasive that early in the morning(or really any time). I will tune in on Saturday morning for the usual fun and priceless information from Pat and Crumie, mornings it will be 90.1

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