Energy & Environment

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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Central Indiana biodiesel producer files for bankruptcy

April 11, 2012
Scott Olson
E-biofuels LLC in Middletown has fallen into liquidation, listing debts of $17.3 million. The closing of the plant leaves four remaining facilities in the state capable of producing biodiesel fuel.
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Indiana farmers tempted to plant early by warm spring

April 9, 2012
Associated Press
Many farmers across Indiana have been weighing whether to take advantage of this spring's warm weather and plant their crops earlier than usual. Doing so, however, would put them at risk.
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Russian investor gives Ener1 fresh startRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Russian timber tycoon who poured millions into a battery maker with Hoosier roots is the new owner of Ener1 Inc. Boris Zingarevich supplied $50 million for Ener1’s March 30 exit from bankruptcy and is moving its headquarters from New York to Indianapolis—already home to its core subsidiary, EnerDel.
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Purchase of city water utility lifts Citizens Energy's profitsRestricted Content

April 7, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The $1.9 billion sale of the city’s water and sewer utilities was a profit gusher last year for buyer Citizens Energy Group—at least on paper. Dwarfing the returns of its gas, thermal and other divisions, the newly renamed Citizens Water turned a profit of $53.4 million.
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Merger of pollution boards worries enviros, chamber

April 6, 2012
Associated Press
A new state law that merges three longtime rule-making boards into a single panel is stoking concerns among business and environmental groups about what the shift could eventually mean for Indiana's environmental regulations.
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High gas prices leading to lower demand for ethanol

April 6, 2012
Bloomberg News
Waning demand for gasoline is putting the United States on course to miss a target for ethanol use for the first time, signaling no let-up in the slide in prices.
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Daniels, hopefuls support Indiana corn ethanol

April 3, 2012
Associated Press
The Democrat and Republican running to replace Gov. Mitch Daniels spent most of their Tuesday morning talk with Indiana corn growers and ethanol producers outlining their similarities, starting with the fact that their campaign vehicles run on E85 ethanol blends.
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EPA moves closer to approval of 15-percent ethanol gas

April 2, 2012
Associated Press
The federal government announced Monday it has taken a step toward wide distribution of fuel containing 85 percent gasoline and 15 percent ethanol by allowing manufacturers to register as suppliers.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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