Energy & Environment

State Fair Commission breaks ground on 'Glass Barn'Restricted Content

February 11, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The $2.9 million building on the 250-acre fairgrounds campus will feature interactive exhibits focusing on new technologies used on modern farms.
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Farmers plan biggest crops since 1984, led by corn

February 7, 2012
Bloomberg News
U.S. farmers will plant the most acres in a generation this year, led by the biggest corn crop since World War II, taking advantage of the highest agricultural prices in at least four decades.
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Speedway oil re-refinery begins productionRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Illinois-based Heritage-Crystal Clean says its refinery here is the second largest in the U.S.
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Indiana moving slowly on lake phosphorus rules

January 29, 2012
Associated Press
A state effort to address phosphorous pollution that has fouled Indiana's waterways is moving forward slowly, but environmental groups' hopes for help from lawmakers is likely to be dashed this year.
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Bill could put squeeze on recycling programs statewideRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Waste management districts would need county OK to levy property taxes to fund their programs.
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State power rates could increase 14 percent under new rules

January 26, 2012
Associated Press
An analysis prepared for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission predicts new federal clean air regulations will raise electricity rates in the state by about 14 percent by 2020 because of necessary upgrades to coal-fired power plants.
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Indiana deals ranged upward of $800 millionRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Mergers and acquisitions in 2011 ranged from WellPoint's acquisition of CareMore to a trucking company merger.
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Indianapolis-area mergers and acquisitions in 2011Restricted Content

January 21, 2012
A number of acquisitions last year disclosed no sale price. In the Indianapolis area, those deals ranged from MacAllister Machinery's purchase of a Caterpillar dealership in Michigan to Herff Jones' acquisition of a Memphis, Tenn.-headquartered maker of cheerleading uniforms.
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Hoosier Environmental Council monitoring three bills in General AssemblyRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The state’s largest green group is seeking changes to measures it says could strip funding and oversight for environmental protection.
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Poet LLC putting plan for ethanol pipeline on hold

January 20, 2012
Associated Press
The nation's largest ethanol company announced Friday that it is putting on hold its plan to build a dedicated 1,800-mile ethanol pipeline because of the lack of prospects for a federal loan guarantee.
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Price of Indiana farmland at a premiumRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Sam Stall
A once-in-a-generation combination of strong grain prices, high farm incomes and unprecedented interest in commodities investments has caused prices for agricultural acreage to skyrocket.
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ProLiance might go on blockRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis-based ProLiance, a natural-gas marketer and supplier, was singed by a $57.2 million pretax loss in the first nine months of 2011, causing some analysts to wonder if majority owner Vectren Corp. will try to sell its 61-percent stake in the company.
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Bill seeks elected utility consumer counselor

January 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A legislator is proposing that Indiana’s utility consumer counselor be elected rather than appointed by the governor.
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Seats from Bush Stadium to live on at bus stopsRestricted Content

January 7, 2012
Cory Schouten
A local group has partnered with IndyGo to pay homage to one of the city’s great sports landmarks by installing Bush Stadium's seats at bus stops all over the city.
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Ethanol makers shrug off expiration of key tax credit

January 6, 2012
Chris O'Malley
It looks like motorists, not ethanol makers, stand to feel the pain of a federal tax credit that expired at the end of last year.
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Bugs may be resistant to genetically modified corn

December 29, 2011
Associated Press
One of the nation's most widely planted crops — a genetically engineered corn plant that makes its own insecticide — may be losing its effectiveness because a major pest appears to be developing resistance more quickly than scientists expected.
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State unlikely to revive natural-gas grandeurRestricted Content

December 24, 2011
Sam Stall
Indiana was once the world’s capital for natural-gas production, but recent advances in drilling and resource-recovery technology are not likely to revive those glory days anytime soon because of a combination of human-made and natural obstructions.
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Neighborhood eyesore headed for demolition

December 19, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The city is soliciting bids from companies to tear down four buildings on the 16-acre Avanti Development Corp. property, which is tucked in a residential area a few miles west of downtown Indianapolis.
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Vectren locks out union workers in dispute

December 17, 2011
Associated Press
Vectren has locked out 270 union workers at several Indiana worksites after the union rejected a proposed three-year-contract.
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City avoids foreign brands in adding to its fleet of hybrid vehiclesRestricted Content

December 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Department of Public Works bought Ford Fusion hybrids after the purchase of Toyota's a few years ago stirred controversy.
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Grand jury indicts former state utilities chief Hardy

December 12, 2011
Chris O'Malley
David Lott Hardy, who was fired from his job as chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission in 2010, is accused of official misconduct.
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Environmental group to focus legislative efforts on energy savings, transitRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Led by Jesse Kharbanda, the Hoosier Environmental Council is keeping its agenda lean to boost chances for success in short session.
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Hoosier Environmental Council joins forces with upstate advocacy groupRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Valparaiso-based Legal Environmental Aid Foundation will help HEC extend its reach.
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Downtown getting blast-resistant manhole covers

December 9, 2011
Associated Press
Utility crews are installing about 100 new manhole covers in downtown Indianapolis that are designed to reduce the extent of damage from underground explosions and fires.
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Bad weather for some Indiana crops helped vineyards

December 6, 2011
Associated Press
Purdue University wine experts say lousy growing conditions this year for some Indiana crops proved ideal for the state's vineyards.
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  1. With Pence running the ship good luck with a new government building on the site. He does everything on the cheap except unnecessary roads line a new beltway( like we need that). Things like state of the art office buildings and light rail will never be seen as an asset to these types. They don't get that these are the things that help a city prosper.

  2. Does the $100,000,000,000 include salaries for members of Congress?

  3. "But that doesn't change how the piece plays to most of the people who will see it." If it stands out so little during the day as you seem to suggest maybe most of the people who actually see it will be those present when it is dark enough to experience its full effects.

  4. That's the mentality of most retail marketers. In this case Leo was asked to build the brand. HHG then had a bad sales quarter and rather than stay the course, now want to go back to the schlock that Zimmerman provides (at a considerable cut in price.) And while HHG salesmen are, by far, the pushiest salesmen I have ever experienced, I believe they are NOT paid on commission. But that doesn't mean they aren't trained to be aggressive.

  5. The reason HHG's sales team hits you from the moment you walk through the door is the same reason car salesmen do the same thing: Commission. HHG's folks are paid by commission they and need to hit sales targets or get cut, while BB does not. The sales figures are aggressive, so turnover rate is high. Electronics are the largest commission earners along with non-needed warranties, service plans etc, known in the industry as 'cheese'. The wholesale base price is listed on the cryptic price tag in the string of numbers near the bar code. Know how to decipher it and you get things at cost, with little to no commission to the sales persons. Whether or not this is fair, is more of a moral question than a financial one.

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