Energy & Environment

Backers of 30-year gas-purchase deal to press on

October 30, 2012
Associated Press
The Indiana Finance Authority and Indiana Gasification LLC plan to amend a 30-year contract that obligates the state to buy the company's synthetic natural gas. The move is in reaction to an appeals court ruling that reversed regulators' approval of the deal.
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Container makers want to restore fizz to state's recycling fundRestricted Content

October 27, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The money, long ago diverted by Gov. Daniels to the state's general fund, would help reduce landfill waste and lower manufacturing costs.
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Farmland prices going up in much of Indiana

October 19, 2012
Associated Press
A September study by Purdue University found farmland prices were as much as 18 percent higher than in 2011, and some appraisers say they continue to go up.
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Lawmakers question Abound loan, citing quality issues

October 11, 2012
Bloomberg News
House Republicans want more information about a $400 million loan guarantee from the U.S. Energy Department to Abound Solar Inc., citing reports that significant “technological difficulties” with the company’s solar panels were known before the aid was approved.
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City waterways initiative floats economic development ideas

October 6, 2012
Mason King
More than 100 local groups are joining forces to rehabilitate neglected rivers and streams in Marion County in the hope of sparking redevelopment.
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BROWNE: Finishing touches just now coming to Georgia StreetRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Bill Browne / Special to IBJ
Time didn't permit final upgrades before Super Bowl crowds descended on stretch.
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Citizens' Westfield utility acquisition will help with broader system needsRestricted Content

October 6, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The $91 million water and sewer deal is expected to improve water distribution between northeast and northwest suburbs.
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Electronics recycler adds 125 jobs in Plainfield

October 3, 2012
A recycling business that launched a local expansion project 18 months ago says the decision led to 125 new jobs.
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Cummins gets EPA approval for key engine

October 1, 2012
Dan Human
Cummins Inc. has received the Environmental Protection Agency’s blessing on a redesigned engine that will meet the first-ever set of federal standards for heavy-duty truck emissions.
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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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  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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