Energy & Environment

Flood-control project could mean more trees get ax along Central CanalRestricted Content

August 11, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The latest U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan for a $14.4 million floodwall and levee from Butler University to Kessler Boulevard is both good and bad news for woodland advocates.
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USDA slashes corn outlook as drought takes toll

August 10, 2012
Associated Press
The federal government on Friday drastically cut its expectations for U.S. corn and soybean production for the second month in a row as the worst drought in decades continues punishing key farm states.
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Livestock farmers still seeking pause in ethanol production

August 9, 2012
Associated Press
Livestock farmers and ranchers seeing their feed costs rise because of the worst drought in a quarter-century are demanding that the EPA waive production requirements for corn-based ethanol. The Obama administration sees no need for a waiver.
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Pence wants more farm promotion, technology

August 7, 2012
Associated Press
Mike Pence's Republican running mate, lieutenant governor nominee Sue Ellspermann, said Tuesday the state should do more to promote Indiana farm exports. She's also calling for a joint venture in developing new agriculture technology.
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Indiana farmer puts purchases on hold as drought breeds doubt

August 6, 2012
Bloomberg News
A combination of little rain and record heat has roasted corn crops, dried up ponds and streams and caused farmers to postpone purchases of everything from grain bins to smartphones.
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Farmers to get advice on coping with crop losses

August 5, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana farmers worried about what to do with their withered corn crops will gather in Vigo County this week to discuss crop insurance, cattle feeding options, and other topics related to the drought. Purdue University agricultural experts say some crops already are beyond saving.
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$14M legal tab touches off new skirmish in Duke caseRestricted Content

August 4, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Citizens Action Coalition, Sierra Club, Save the Valley and Valley Watch are hoping questions over legal fees the utility agreed to pay attorneys for industrial customers scuttle a deal over cost overruns at the $3.3 billion Edwardsport coal gasification plant.
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Duke Energy earnings creep up on higher rates

August 2, 2012
Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp.’s earnings rose 2 percent in the second quarter on higher electric rates, but newly acquired subsidiary Progress Energy saw earnings plummet as a result of planned nuclear plant outages.
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N.C. regulators hire law firm to probe Duke Energy

August 1, 2012
Associated Press
North Carolina utilities regulators said Wednesday they have hired a former federal prosecutor with experience digging into corporate affairs to reveal whether regulators were misled ahead of a takeover that created America's largest electric company.
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Judge won't dismiss charge against ex-utility boss

July 31, 2012
Associated Press
A judge has refused to dismiss an official misconduct charge against Indiana's former top utility regulator, David Lott Hardy.
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Small farmers struggle as drought kills vegetables

July 31, 2012
Associated Press
Small fruit and vegetable farmers throughout the Midwest are struggling with unusual heat and a once-in-decades drought. Some have lost crops, and sales at farmers markets are down.
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Groups ask for ethanol law break as corn hits record

July 30, 2012
Bloomberg News
Livestock and poultry producers formally asked the Obama administration Monday to suspend the nation’s renewable fuels standard because it is causing “severe economic harm” as corn prices surged to a record.
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Legal drama over Duke Energy merger lingers

July 30, 2012
Associated Press
The investigations into whether regulators and consumers were misled in the run-up to the merger of North Carolina's two Fortune 500 energy companies could continue quietly for months after a deadline arrives next week.
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Water utility exploring drastic options to satisfy long-term demand

July 28, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Citizens Water engineers are considering various methods, both short-term and long-term, to meet increasing demand on the water supply of Indiana’s largest metro area, which might need 50 million gallons more water per day as early as five years from now.
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IPL agrees to buy solar power from Sunrise Energy VenturesRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
The Minnesota-based firm plans to generate the power at three, 10-megawatt sites in IPL's service territory.
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Turf painting spreads as drought ravages lawns

July 27, 2012
Associated Press
With two-thirds of the nation covered by a drought that stretches from coast to coast, residents and businesses in normally well-watered areas are catching on to the lawn-painting practice employed for years in the West and Southwest to give luster to faded turf.
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Environmental groups lose in bid to stop I-69

July 25, 2012
Associated Press
A federal judge has ruled against opponents of the $3 billion Interstate 69 extension between Indianapolis and Evansville who claimed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated federal law.
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Indiana farmers unload livestock as drought continues

July 23, 2012
Associated Press
The ongoing drought is taking its toll on Indiana livestock farmers as they liquidate their inventories.
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IU researchers question economics of diesel hybridsRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
Fuel savings and environmental benefits might not be worth the higher cost of such vehicles.
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USDA: Rain likely too late for most of Indiana's corn

July 19, 2012
Associated Press
A top federal farm official who spent two days touring drought-stricken Indiana farms said Thursday that most of the state's corn crop is in such bad shape that this week's rainfall likely won't boost yields.
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Ex-Progress CEO says Duke tried to nix merger amid tensions

July 19, 2012
Bloomberg News
Bill Johnson, the man who was CEO of Duke Energy Corp. for eight hours after its $17.8 billion takeover of Progress Energy Inc., began testifying Thursday to the North Carolina Utilities Commission.
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Regulators to quiz CEO ousted in utility takeover

July 18, 2012
Associated Press
North Carolina regulators expect testimony Thursday from the CEO ousted by Duke Energy Corp. within hours of becoming the top executive of the country's largest electric company.
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Duke Energy seeks delay in CEO-switch testimony

July 17, 2012
Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp. asked state regulators Tuesday for a weekslong postponement of testimony by two top directors, including local businessman Michael Browning, about the surprise CEO switch at the top of America's largest electric company.
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Browning ordered to testify over Duke Energy CEO's ouster

July 17, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis real estate developer and Duke Energy Corp. director Michael Browning has been ordered to appear Friday before the North Carolina Utilities Commission, which is investigating the unexpected ouster of the utility’s new CEO just hours after the company merged with Progress Energy Inc.
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USDA official to visit Indiana farms amid drought

July 16, 2012
Associated Press
Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Undersecretary Michael Scuse will travel to Indiana on Wednesday and Thursday to tour drought-stricken farm fields in Allen and White counties in northern Indiana and Johnson County south of Indianapolis.
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