Energy & Environment

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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Indianapolis nears record for driest 45-day period

July 16, 2012
Associated Press
If the forecast for no rain on Monday holds up, the 45-day rainfall total would match a stretch in August and September 1908 that's the city's driest since the weather service started keeping records in the 1870s.
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Some Indianapolis fountains shut off amid drought

July 13, 2012
Associated Press
A watering ban sparked by Indiana's prolonged drought has prompted operators of several fountains in downtown Indianapolis to take steps to conserve water.
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Fire, water worries grow worse amid Indiana drought

July 11, 2012
Associated Press
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is banning lawn watering in the city beginning Friday, and all smoking has been banned during a county fair in central Indiana because of the conditions caused by this summer's drought.
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City parks foundation chooses new president

July 10, 2012
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Parks Foundation has selected Tanya Husain as its new president, the group announced Monday. Husain will replace retiring parks foundation president Cindy Porteous.
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USDA reports corn in 18 states hurt by drought

July 10, 2012
Associated Press
Corn and soybean prices surged Monday after the latest government report showed a widespread drought in the middle of the country is hurting this year's crop. Indiana and Illinois have been particularly hard hit.
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Sudden Duke Energy CEO shift puts Rogers in spotlight

July 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Three former board members of Progress Energy Inc. said they would have voted against Duke's $17.8 billion takeover offer had they known Rogers would remain in charge of the combined companies.
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Drought brings added challenges for not-for-profit farms

July 7, 2012
Dan Human
The parched conditions have forced staff and volunteers at dozens of not-for-profit farms and community gardens to struggle with problems as basic as finding water.
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Drought deals blow to ethanol industryRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indiana’s 13 plants distilling the automotive fuel ethanol could soon be sputtering as drought dries up the supply and boosts the price of corn, their main ingredient.
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IPL pulling plug on renewable-energy effort

July 5, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Power & Light says beginning next March it will stop offering to buy electricity from customers who generate it from renewable sources—a blow to advocates of wind, solar and other clean forms of energy.
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Purdue: Food price increases likely after long drought

July 5, 2012
Associated Press
The persistent hot, dry weather has hit farm production in Indiana, the nation's fifth-largest producer of corn, harder than any other major corn and soybean producing state.
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Rogers stays in charge at Duke Energy after CEO resigns

July 3, 2012
Bloomberg News
Duke Energy Corp. on Tuesday unexpectedly announced the resignation of Bill Johnson, previously named to be the CEO after its $17.8 billion takeover of Progress Energy Inc. James Rogers has been named CEO of the merged companies effective immediately.
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Drought could have mixed impact for Indiana farmers

July 2, 2012
Associated Press
Agriculture experts say some Indiana farmers are already facing big crop losses because of this summer's drought.
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Drought sets records for Indianapolis, Evansville

July 2, 2012
Associated Press
Last month was the driest June on record for Indianapolis and Evansville, the National Weather Service says. Weather service figures show both cities received less than half as much rain as their previous records.
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Duke foes skeptical about Edwardsport price tagRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Utility denies claim it is trying to sidestep $2.6 billion cap on costs that can be passed along to ratepayers.
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Abound failure raises questions anew about Obama policies

June 29, 2012
Bloomberg News
The failure of a second solar manufacturer that received loan guarantees from the U.S. Energy Department adds to pressure on President Barack Obama to justify incentives for the clean-energy industry that’s being undercut by Chinese competition.
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Abound Solar set to close doors, file for bankruptcy

June 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Abound Solar Inc., a Colorado-based solar manufacturer that once hoped to hire 1,200 people in Indiana by the end of 2013, will close its doors and file for bankruptcy.
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Valero Energy idles central Indiana ethanol plant

June 28, 2012
Associated Press
Valero Energy Corp. has temporarily stopped production at a central Indiana ethanol plant because of rising corn prices.
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Heat wave wilting corn supplies, boosting prices

June 27, 2012
Bloomberg News
Corn supplies in the United States, the world’s biggest exporter, are declining at the fastest pace since 1996 just as a Midwest heat wave damages the world’s largest harvest for a third consecutive year.
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Anderson's former GM plants getting second look

June 26, 2012
Associated Press
Anderson officials said they are excited that companies have been showing interest in some of the industrial or commercial properties left by General Motors that need or are undergoing environmental cleanups.
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Red Gold benefits from consumers' thrifty waysRestricted Content

June 16, 2012
Dan Human
Since the recession hit, consumers looking to save a few bucks have embraced canned produce—a trend that has kept Madison County tomato processor Red Gold in the black.
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Citizens Energy looking to fuel big rigs

June 7, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Local utility trust Citizens Energy Group plans to sell liquefied natural gas for use in cross-country semi trucks as a lower-cost alternative to diesel fuel.
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Indianapolis fighting spread of ash borer in parks

June 6, 2012
Associated Press
Crews are treating ash trees in Indianapolis' city parks to combat the spread of the tree-killing emerald ash borer.
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Purdue Extension starts food-hub discussion in central Indiana

June 5, 2012
Ellen Kobe
Spawned at least in part by the “eat local” and organic-food movements, the regional facilities provide one-stop shops for consumers and farmers alike.
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Jackson Systems plans expansion, 32 jobs

June 5, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Environmental control maker Jackson Systems LLC plans to expand its Beech Grove operations, almost doubling its work force and the size of its headquarters by 2014.
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