Energy & Environment

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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City seeks new operator for recycling program

October 4, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Indianapolis is soliciting proposals for its drop-off recycling program with the aim of boosting participation in the initiative.
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Farm subsidies may face cuts amid record profits

October 4, 2011
Bloomberg News
U.S. farmers earning record profits are fighting to maintain agricultural subsidies, a likely target of the congressional supercommittee working to reduce federal spending.
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EnerDel parent shakes up management ranks

September 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Battery maker Ener1 Inc., which has almost 400 employees in the Indianapolis area, has replaced its chief executive and appointed Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder as non-executive chairman of the board.
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Taiwanese reps sign deals to buy corn, soybeans

September 26, 2011
Associated Press
Two Taiwanese trade groups have agreed to buy as much as $5 billion worth of corn and soybeans from Indiana and other states in 2012 and 2013.
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Duke to begin razing state's oldest coal plant

September 26, 2011
Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp. is preparing to demolish a coal-fired power plant that's Indiana's oldest electricity-generating plant of its kind.
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Fish farming could become $1B industry in IndianaRestricted Content

September 24, 2011
Sam Stall
Current estimates place annual revenue for Indiana fish farming at just a few million dollars. But some believe the state’s central location, abundant land and water supplies, and relatively benign regulatory environment could foster a $1 billion industry in the next 10 years.
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Airport Authority picks local firms to develop 60-acre solar farm

September 20, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Airport Authority announced Tuesday that it has selected a joint venture of three locally based firms to develop a 60-acre solar farm on airport property.
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Critics seek conditions on Progress-Duke Energy merger

September 20, 2011
Associated Press
Charlotte-based Duke Energy and Raleigh-based Progress Energy want to combine into one company with more than 7 million customers in the Carolinas, Florida, Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.
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Indiana bans DuPont’s Imprelis herbicide

September 20, 2011
Officials took the action after finding that the herbicide damaged scores of trees and ornamental plants throughout the state.
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Super Bowl organizers promoting conservation

September 17, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The 2012 host committee wants rival groups of up to 30 people to see who can make the biggest dent in water and carbon dioxide use.
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Indianapolis building owners, managers pressed to protect birdsRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The Audubon Society has documented hundreds of birds killed downtown in the past two years as birds are attracted to the city lights and then fly into windows.
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Abound Solar undeterred by rivals' bankruptcies

September 10, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Abound officials are quick to reassure that the company is on track with its original business plan, which calls for adding a huge amount of manufacturing capacity in Tipton in 2012 or 2013 and hiring 900 to 1,200 people.
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Indiana gives grants to convert fleets to alternative fuelsRestricted Content

September 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Office of Energy Development is dispensing grants of up to $500,000 to help private- and public-sector organizations convert their vehicles.
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Mourdock could benefit from climate regulations

September 9, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock has campaigned heavily against measures to combat climate change even as he holds stock in an energy company that's banking on those regulations to help build a market for its product.
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Charging stations to pave way for plug-in carsRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
Chris O'Malley
By the end of this year, drivers of plug-in electric cars should be able to "gas up" using 76 charging stations at 38 locations statewide.
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Butler center aims to make urban farming viableRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Tim Carter, director of Butler University’s Center for Urban Ecology, is intent on making CUE a national leader in urban ecology by making the center's research valuable on a broad scale.
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Refrigerant company fights EPA over rulesRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Jim Tieken, a former refrigeration repairman, invented an alternative to the coolant Freon when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned it in the mid-1990s. But his company might be unable to continue making that alternative, Hot Shot, because of cap-and-trade burdens, according to a letter Tieken sent the EPA in May.
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Dig-IN tasting festival looks to create independent foundationRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Event at White River State Park wants to create ongoing source of support to connect Indiana farmers with grocery stores, restaurants and consumers.
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Citizens Energy gets interest-rate bargain on bonds sold for utility purchaseRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Stock-market swoon contributes to favorable terms on purchase of city's water, sewer systems.
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Ball State geothermal plant powers economic engineRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Andrew Smith
Ball State University leaders hope the school's $87 million geothermal plant paves the way for others like it—as an economic-development opportunity as much as an environmental effort.
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  4. Jim, your "misleading" numbers comment is spot on. This is the spin these posers are putting on it. News flash, fans: these guys lie. They are not publicly traded so no one holds them accountable for anything they say. The TV numbers are so miniscule to begin with any "increase" produces double digit "growth" numbers. It's ridiculous to think that anything these guys have done has awakened the marketplace. What have they done? Consolidate the season so they run more races on consecutive weekends? And this creates "momentum." Is that the same momentum you enjoy when you don't race between August and March? Keep in mind that you are running teams who barely make ends meet ragged over the summer to accomplish this brilliant strategy of avoiding the NFL while you run your season finale at midnight on the East Coast. But I should not obfuscate my own point: any "ratings increase" is exactly what Jim points to - the increased availability of NBC Sports in households. Look fans, I love the sport to but these posers are running it off a cliff. Miles wants to declare victory and then run for Mayor. I could go on and on but bottom line for God's sake don't believe a word they say. Note to Anthony - try doing just a little research instead of reporting what these pretenders say and then offering an "opinion" no more informed than the average fan.

  5. If he's finally planning to do the right thing and resign, why not do it before the election? Waiting until after means what - s special election at tax payer expense? Appointment (by whom?) thus robbing the voters of their chance to choose? Does he accrue some additional financial advantage to waiting, like extra pension payments? What's in it for him? That's the question that needs to be asked.

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