Energy & Environment

Police, health department busted by state environmental cops

July 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says an inspection of the State of Indiana Forensic and Health Sciences Lab found open jugs of hazardous materials during an inspection.
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Conservancy installs turbines at eco-friendly HQ

July 26, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Wind turbines, a rare sight downtown, have finally been added to The Nature Conservancy's high-profile building on Ohio Street.
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States cut programs to help poor cool their homes

July 21, 2011
Associated Press
Many states hit hardest by this week's searing heat wave have drastically cut or entirely eliminated programs that help poor people pay their electric bills, forcing thousands to go without air conditioning when they need it most.
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Golf course manager suing DuPont over herbicide

July 19, 2011
Scott Olson
R.N. Thompson, which operates several local courses, claims the company's Imprelis herbicide caused "catastrophic tree loss." R.N. Thompson has joined a Pennsylvania resident in filing the class-action suit.
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Carrier counts on new environmental regulations to drive salesRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carrier Corp.’s plan to invest $36.5 million in its Indianapolis plant hinges in part on how well consumers take to a new platform of high-efficiency furnaces.
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Consumer group accuses Duke of 'gross mismanagement'

July 15, 2011
Chris O'Malley
"Gross mismanagement" and improper communications with ex-regulatory chairman are among evidence in testimony to make Duke, rather than ratepayers, swallow major cost overruns at Edwardsport power plant.
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Japanese industrialists tapped for Energy Systems Network boardRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The president and CEO of Toshiba Corp. is among those joining the board of the Indianapolis-based clean tech/energy initiative.
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Agency: Duke customers shouldn't pay $530M in overruns

July 8, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor has filed a blistering rebuke of Duke Energy Corp. for the high cost of its Edwardsport coal-gasification plant and has asked regulators to deny Duke’s request to charge ratepayers $530 million for cost overruns.
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Larger-than-expected corn crop could slow food inflation

July 1, 2011
Associated Press
U.S. food prices may ease later this year now that farmers have planted the second-largest corn crop in nearly seven decades.
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Lugar pushes energy savings, more oil production

June 30, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar is pushing a national energy plan he says will save billions of dollars by increasing domestic oil production and improving energy efficiency.
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Wind farm may fan economy in Madison CountyRestricted Content

June 18, 2011
Chris O'Malley
E.ON Climate & Renewables North America is planning some 75 wind turbines as part of Madison County’s first commercial wind farm, one that could temporarily employ 150 construction workers and bring a dozen permanent jobs.
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Actor Ed Begley to bring star power to Indiana energy conferenceRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Begley is famously obsessed with making his home more energy-efficient—and for driving his wife nuts.
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Challenger in Indianapolis mayoral race releases sustainability planRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Among Melina Kennedy’s priorities is educating residents and businesses about recycling and making it more convenient.
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Eco-friendly downtown supply store closes

June 9, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Green Way Supply, a pioneering green construction products store, has gone out of business, but one of its partners is planning a new building supply store with mix of green and traditional products.
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Vectren's plan to close field offices fuels complaint

June 7, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Unions and public safety officials allege the utility's move to home-based crews could delay responses to emergencies and reduce safety.
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Electric vehicles gain traction in regionRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis has one of the highest concentrations of plug-in electric vehicle drivers in the nation, an industry official says.
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Massive recycling plant in Indianapolis pays off for Republic ServicesRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Scott Olson
A $4M machine sorts newspaper, glass, plastic quickly from as far away as Evansville.
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Massive wind farm planned north of Indianapolis

May 31, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A Chicago-based wind-farm developer is planning a $175 million farm about 45 miles north of Indianapolis that will span parts of Madison, Tipton, Grant and Howard counties.
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Nestle Waters CEO favors industry recycling programsRestricted Content

May 14, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The head of the continent’s largest producer of bottled water told Indiana recycling advocates his industry should take more responsibility in the reuse of plastic bottles.
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Documentary touts sustainable building practices in Indy

May 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The hour-long film, dubbed “Green Building in Indianapolis: Creating a Sustainable Future,” was released on You Tube last month.
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IPL exec promoted to CEO

May 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
After about a month as interim CEO, Indianapolis Power & Light Co. executive Ken Zagzebski has won the job for good.
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City seeks bids for $300M sewage tunnel system

May 9, 2011
Cory Schouten
City officials are seeking bidders for the first phase of Indianapolis' largest-ever public works project, an underground tunnel system equipped to store millions of gallons of raw sewage and prevent the excrement from flowing into local waterways.
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Duke Energy quarterly profit rises almost 15 percent

May 3, 2011
Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp.'s first-quarter earnings rose almost 15 percent on strong results from its international operations and lower corporate costs.
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Watchdog: State agency heads colluded on gas deal

May 2, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission chief David Hardy and the state's then-finance director, Jennifer Alvey, improperly discussed the merits of a $6.9 billion contract the Indiana Finance Authority ultimately struck with operators of the Indiana Gasification plant proposed for Rockport, plant opponents alleged Monday.
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Controversial utility bill heads to governor

May 2, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Opponents say the legislation shifts clean-energy risks to ratepayers and protects utility shareholders. Utilities say they need the legislation to help them comply with federal pollution mandates.
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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