Energy & Environment

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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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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  1. Of what value is selling alcoholic beverages to State Fair patrons when there are many families with children attending. Is this the message we want to give children attending and participating in the Fair, another venue with alooholic consumption onsite. Is this to promote beer and wine production in the state which are great for the breweries and wineries, but where does this end up 10-15 years from now, lots more drinkers for the alcoholic contents. If these drinks are so important, why not remove the alcohol content and the flavor and drink itself similar to soft drinks would be the novelty, not the alcoholic content and its affects on the drinker. There is no social or material benefit from drinking alcoholic beverages, mostly people want to get slightly or highly drunk.

  2. I did;nt know anyone in Indiana could count- WHY did they NOT SAY just HOW this would be enforced? Because it WON;T! NOW- with that said- BIG BROTHER is ALIVE in this Article-why take any comment if it won't appease YOU PEOPLE- that's NOT American- with EVERYTHING you indicated is NOT said-I can see WHY it say's o Comments- YOU are COMMIES- BIG BROTHER and most likely- voted for Obama!

  3. In Europe there are schools for hairdressing but you don't get a license afterwards but you are required to assist in turkey and Italy its 7 years in japan it's 10 years England 2 so these people who assist know how to do hair their not just anybody and if your an owner and you hire someone with no experience then ur an idiot I've known stylist from different countries with no license but they are professional clean and safe they have no license but they have experience a license doesn't mean anything look at all the bad hairdressers in the world that have fried peoples hair okay but they have a license doesn't make them a professional at their job I think they should get rid of it because stateboard robs stylist and owners and they fine you for the dumbest f***ing things oh ur license isn't displayed 100$ oh ur wearing open toe shoes fine, oh there's ONE HAIR IN UR BRUSH that's a fine it's like really? So I think they need to go or ease up on their regulations because their too strict

  4. Exciting times in Carmel.

  5. Twenty years ago when we moved to Indy I was a stay at home mom and knew not very many people.WIBC was my family and friends for the most part. It was informative, civil, and humerous with Dave the KING. Terri, Jeff, Stever, Big Joe, Matt, Pat and Crumie. I loved them all, and they seemed to love each other. I didn't mind Greg Garrison, but I was not a Rush fan. NOW I can't stand Chicks and all their giggly opinions. Tony Katz is to abrasive that early in the morning(or really any time). I will tune in on Saturday morning for the usual fun and priceless information from Pat and Crumie, mornings it will be 90.1

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