Energy & Environment

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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Land gift preserves 40 acres in Indianapolis suburbs

December 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The donation to the Central Indiana Land Trust comes from farmer Van Eller, who lived most of his life on the land now surrounded by Fishers and Carmel subdivisions before he died last year at age 89.
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Two Indiana environmental groups merging

December 4, 2011
Associated Press
The Hoosier Environmental Council and the Valparaiso-based Legal Environmental Aid Foundation say they're merging in hopes of advancing environmental issues in Indiana.
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Investors in Midwest Energy Partners await gusherRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The company raised $4.6 million to drill for oil in southwestern Indiana and southern Illinois.
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Ford sees EV potential in Indianapolis

November 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Ford touts new models of electric and hybrid vehicles in seminar co-sponsored by the Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition, which promotes alternative fuels.
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Plans delayed for wind farm near Purdue University

November 29, 2011
Associated Press
An Indianapolis developer says it is still trying to arrange financing to build wind turbines on farmland owned by Purdue University and nearby privately owned property in West Lafayette.
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Regulators approve deal on $2.65B gasification plant

November 22, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana regulators have approved plans for a $2.65 billion coal gasification plant at the Ohio River city of Rockport and a state agency's 30-year contract to buy its synthetic natural gas.
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Citizens to convert downtown steam plant from coal to gas

November 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Citizens Energy Group plans to switch the primary power source for its Perry K Steam Plant in downtown Indianapolis from coal to natural gas, the utility announced Wednesday. The conversion will cost about $9 million.
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SEC filing: Ex-IPL chief Murtlow qualified for large payoutRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Power & Light chief Ann Murtlow left the utility this spring under terms of a separation agreement that would have entitled her to at least $404,410, according to documents the utility filed Nov. 3 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Cost of Thanksgiving meal jumps 13 percent on food inflation

November 10, 2011
Bloomberg News
The cost of a Thanksgiving dinner in the U.S. will jump 13 percent this year, the biggest gain in two decades, as prices rose for everything from turkey to green peas to milk, the American Farm Bureau Federation said.
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Farm-profit volatility boosting risk for lenders, economist says

November 9, 2011
Bloomberg News
U.S. farmers face increased financial risk because of higher operating costs and volatile commodity prices, even as income this year reaches a record, said Michael Boehlje, an economist at Purdue University.
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Indiana littered with 2,100 leaking underground tanks

November 7, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is tracking about 2,100 sites with leaking tanks, many of which contain gasoline and diesel fuel that can damage soil and contaminate groundwater.
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Congress moves to create new farm subsidy

November 7, 2011
Associated Press
Farm-state lawmakers are moving to create a whole new subsidy that would protect farmers when their revenue drops — an unprecedented program that critics say could pay billions of dollars to farmers now enjoying record-high crop prices.
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Indiana plant a drag on Duke Energy earnings

November 3, 2011
Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp.'s third-quarter earnings tumbled 30 percent, the company said Thursday, with energy consumption falling at the same time that costs rose unexpectedly for a new plant in Indiana.
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Ener1 becomes latest energy aid recipient in trouble

October 31, 2011
Bloomberg News
Electric-car battery maker Ener1 Inc., whose shares were delisted from the NASDAQ stock market Oct. 28, is the latest recipient of U.S. Energy Department aid to run into financial trouble and draw congressional scrutiny.
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Speedway hosts meetings about potential for electric car racing seriesRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The three-day conference looked at such things as design plans and technical infrastructure for electric racing vehicles, and preliminary business plans for such a series.
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Indiana environmentalists wary of oil pipeline plan

October 25, 2011
Associated Press
The oil industry says a new oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast might create jobs for Indiana residents if the Obama administration approves its construction.
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Zeroing in on net-zero energy in IndianapolisRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Marc D. Allan
The Holy Grail of energy efficiency has yet to arrive, but pieces are falling into place.
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Indianapolis neighborhood striving for LEED statusRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Scott Olson
Designation to east-side project would go beyond building certification.
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Ethics scandal costs Duke Energy in two rulings

October 19, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A 2010 ethics scandal involving the former chief legal counsel for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has come back to bite the state's biggest electric utility.
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EnerDel parent facing shareholder legal battle

October 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff
At least three lawsuits accuse Ener1, the parent of Indianapolis-based advanced-battery maker EnerDel, of misleading investors about its financial condition.
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Solar flop puts energy funding in limboRestricted Content

October 15, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Companies promising thousands of green jobs in Indiana are playing a high-stakes waiting game as federal officials consider the fate of at least $600 million in loan guarantees.
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Green roofs slow to take root in IndianapolisRestricted Content

October 15, 2011
Sam Stall
Indianapolis' movement toward installing green roofs on commercial buildings has advanced slowly but steadily, in spite of a poor economy and the availability of cheaper (at least in the short run) alternatives.
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Lilly slashes water use, reduces waste outputRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff
By 2013, Lilly hopes to reduce water intake another 5 percent, while reducing the amount of waste sent to landfills an additional 20 percent.
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  3. In the first sentance "As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss are build quality & price." need a way to edit

  4. As a resident of one of these new Carmel Apartments the issue the local governments need to discuss is build quality & price. First none of these places is worth $1100 for a one bedroom. Downtown Carmel or Keystone at the Crossing in Indy. It doesn't matter. All require you to get in your car to get just about anywhere you need to go. I'm in one of the Carmel apartments now where after just 2.5 short years one of the kitchen cabinet doors is crooked and lawn and property maintenance seems to be lacking my old Indianapolis apartment which cost $300 less. This is one of the new star apartments. As they keep building throughout the area "deals" will start popping up creating shoppers. If your property is falling apart after year 3 what will it look like after year 5 or 10??? Why would one stay here if they could move to a new Broad Ripple in 2 to 3 years or another part of the Far Northside?? The complexes aren't going to let the "poor" move in without local permission so that's not that problem, but it the occupancy rate drops suddenly because the "Young" people moved back to Indy then look out.

  5. Why are you so concerned about Ace hardware? I don't understand why anyone goes there! Every time ive gone in the past, they don't have what I need and I end up going to the big box stores. I understand the service aspect and that they try to be helpful but if they are going to survive I think they might need to carry more specialty parts.

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