Energy & Environment

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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Murphy USA opens quick-charging stations for electric carsRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Speed is thought to be an obstacle to the widespread adoption of plug-in vehicles.
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State's advanced battery initiative charging aheadRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Following setbacks, industry leaders prepare to launch innovation center downstate
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Indiana's corn crop faces stress from heat, drought

May 30, 2012
Associated Press
An agricultural expert says Indiana's recent hot, dry weather is likely taking a toll on the state's young corn crop.
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State, utility plan cleanup of long-closed gas plant

May 29, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's environmental agency and Duke Energy Corp. are moving ahead with the cleanup of a long-closed manufactured-gas plant in Shelbyville.
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Sierra Club pressures utilities to find alternatives to coalRestricted Content

May 26, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Dave Menzer, director of the Sierra Club’s new “Beyond Coal” campaign in Indiana, aims to spark discussion about the health and environmental costs of the state’s bituminous bounty that for years has brought relatively cheap electric rates.
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State's chilly recycling climate means higher costs for container makersRestricted Content

May 19, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Some manufacturers favor legislation that would encourage consumers to return their empties.
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Utilities, public clash on tree-trimming policiesRestricted Content

May 19, 2012
Indianapolis Power & Light, others say money is at stake if tighter controls are enforced.
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Companies seek solar-panel lease contracts from city

May 14, 2012
Scott Olson
The City-County Council is set to hear a proposal by two companies to lease space on city-owned rooftops and sell electricity generated by solar panels installed in those spots.
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Work on central Indiana wind farm set for this summer

May 14, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A company planning to build a wind farm spread across four central Indiana counties north of Indianapolis says it has obtained 125 building permits for the project's first phase.
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Abound Solar chief declines to testify before House panel

May 10, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
The CEO of a company that once said it planned to create up to 1,200 jobs north of Indianapolis has declined to testify before a U.S. House panel investigating the federal clean-energy program.
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Purdue announces $33 million energy plan

May 8, 2012
Associated Press
Purdue University plans to demolish an old coal-burning boiler, convert another coal-burning boiler to natural gas and install a natural gas-fired combined heat and power unit as part of a new comprehensive energy plan.
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Duke Energy profit falls on Indiana plant settlement

May 4, 2012
Bloomberg News
Duke Energy Corp. said first-quarter profit fell 42 percent after a regulatory settlement in Indiana increased costs and mild weather reduced heating demand.
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Bike trail push for Eagle Creek stirs controversy

May 3, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Mountain bikers have salivated for years about building trails in the rolling hills of Eagle Creek Park, the city’s largest municipal park. But environmentalists worry the paths would cause erosion.
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Indiana oil production surges amid high prices

May 3, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Crude-oil production jumped 8.3 percent in Indiana in 2011, to just under 2 million barrels—the highest output in a decade, according to data from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
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Power-grid software maker lands $7M in venture capital

May 1, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis-based Blue Pillar Inc., which makes software to manage electrical grids, has closed on $7 million in funding from four venture capital firms, it said Monday.
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Indiana announces proposed Duke Energy settlement

April 30, 2012
Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp. has agreed to cap the cost of its troubled coal-gasification plant in southwestern Indiana at $2.6 billion, or about $700 million less than the expected cost of construction, as part of a proposed settlement announced Monday.
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Indianapolis expects savings from sweeping energy projectRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Marc D. Allan
The city is guaranteed $7.5 million in savings over 15 years from a $18 million upgrade of city facilities, and the savings are expected to accumulate further.
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Plant upgrades might cost IPL nearly $1 billionRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Chris O'Malley
New federal mercury-reduction regulations may force Indianapolis Power & Light to spend nearly $1 billion to upgrade its coal-fired electric plants scattered around Indiana. Duke Energy is mulling everything from plant upgrades to shutting down older units.
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Work on city's 8-mile sewage tunnel gets underway

April 26, 2012
Associated Press
Work is starting on an 8-mile-long tunnel under the south side of Indianapolis that is the first major part of a $1.6 billion project aimed at reducing the release of raw sewage into the city's rivers.
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Downtown building owner faults IPL for outagesRestricted Content

April 21, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The owner of Market Square Center is complaining to state utility regulators that Indianapolis Power & Light has failed to provide reliable service to the office building, better known as the Gold Building, at 151 N. Delaware St.
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New Dow, Monsanto crop needs study, vegetable growers say

April 18, 2012
A coalition of vegetable growers, including one from Indiana that contains Red Gold Inc., wants U.S. regulators to study the potential damage facing their fields from a new generation of herbicide-tolerant crops.
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