Energy & Environment

Purdue professor says ethanol consumption has its limits

January 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Current infrastructure for delivering the alternative fuel isn't adequate to use all that the federal government says must be produced.
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New law prohibits disposing of electronic gadgets in household trash

January 1, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Marion County residents should dispose of electronics at so-called "ToxDrop" locations.
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Indy Power sees big potential in grid power storageRestricted Content

January 1, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Three-year-old Indy Power Systems’ first big sale is outside the sizzling, electric car segment. The Noblesville firm has landed a contract with Melink Corp. to supply a 50-kilowatt grid energy storage and peak-shaving system at the company’s Cincinnati headquarters.<
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State's big polluters spewed less last year

December 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
EPA data show an 18 percent decrease in toxic emissions among big manufacturers and electric utilities, but it's unclear to what degree better practices—or the slow economy—had on declining levels.
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Group opposes city plan to pay water manager Veolia $29M

December 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The city should refuse to pay the contract-termination fee given alleged defaults by Veolia, the consumer group says. Veolia is out after city sells the water company to Citizens Energy Group.
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FEIGENBAUM: 'There is no money' takes on new meaning

December 18, 2010
Ed Feigenbaum
Tight tax revenue will force hard choices on the General Assembly.
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State reaches deal on coal-gasification plant

December 16, 2010
Associated Press
The state's finance authority said Thursday that it reached a 30-year deal to buy synthetic natural gas from a coal-gasification plant planned for southern Indiana, marking the first time the state has entered into such a venture.
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Toxic chemical releases decrease 18 percent in Indiana

December 16, 2010
Associated Press
The 2009 Toxics Release Inventory released Thursday shows releases of toxic chemicals to the environment by companies in Indiana decreased by 20.6 million pounds, or 18 percent.
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Abound Solar completes financing for Tipton plant

December 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Company closes on a $400 million federal loan to help it take over the empty Getrag plant on U.S. 31 near Kokomo, where it wants to hire as many as 1,000 workers. The plant was acquired for $25 million.
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Solar panel maker plans up to 240 jobs in Columbus

December 8, 2010
Associated Press
A Muncie-based startup company to spend nearly $9 million to start production at a Columbus industrial park. The plant will make high-efficiency solar panels that are in growing demand around the world.
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IURC clears ex-judge in Duke Energy ethics scandal

December 7, 2010
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission's internal probe found no irregularities regarding former administrative law judge Scott Storms' handling of Duke Energy cases, but it did reopen a case Storms handled in July involving storm damages.
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Touted Build America Bonds may not be available for utility dealRestricted Content

December 4, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Citizens Energy previously said not using the bonds would add about $100 million to the cost of the deal over 30 years.
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City looking for consultants to ramp up green programs

November 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Office of Sustainability in November put out two requests for consultants or teams to implement environmentally friendly initiatives.
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Electric car maker starts production at Elkhart plant

November 24, 2010
Associated Press
Think North America has started work on two-seat electric cars at its northern Indiana facility and expects the first ones to be finished in the coming days.
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Ethanol's future clouded by potential loss of tax breaks

November 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The fortunes of Indiana’s 12 ethanol plants, and the farmers and truckers who supply the corn to make the motor fuel additive, hinge on two decisions facing Congress and federal regulators in the weeks ahead.
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PRINCE: Why iPad could save investment firms money

November 20, 2010
Douglas Prince
The device is projected to save Prince Group office at Stifel Nicolaus & Co. more than $3,000 in paper alone.
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Spurned bidder: IURC program may cost consumers $65MRestricted Content

November 13, 2010
Chris O'Malley
An Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission-mandated initiative to help electric customers cut consumption and save money may wind up costing them $65 million more than necessary. At least that’s the claim of a consulting firm that lost its bid to administer the program.
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PCBs a concern at bankrupt ESI Environmental plant

November 12, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The EPA says 300,000 gallons of sludge at the firm's northwest-side site are suspected of containing carcinogenic PCBs. A recent court ruling could expedite clean-up efforts.
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Indiana farmers expected to enjoy near-record income

November 11, 2010
Associated Press
Many Indiana farmers who had been worrying about a late summer drought are now looking forward to some extra spending money thanks to high grain prices.
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No 'inappropriate communications,' Duke Energy CEO says

November 3, 2010
Scott Olson
Duke Energy Corp.'s top exec told the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission that he's confident the IURC's former top attorney had no influence on decisions regarding the utility's Edwardsport plant, even though he sought a job with Duke while working for the regulatory body.
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Hancock County utilities set to proceed with merger

November 3, 2010
Scott Olson
Consolidation of Central Indiana Power and Hancock Telecom will become official on Jan. 1. It took a change in state law to allow the merger to proceed.
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Scandal fallout plagues Duke Energy's Edwardsport project

October 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Regulatory proceedings involving the coal gasification plant are being delayed while investigations continue over conflicts of interest at the IURC.
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Veolia losing water contract, will get $29M termination fee

October 28, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Playing a limited role under Indianapolis Water's new owner, Citizens Energy, wouldn't be profitable, Veolia says. Citizens plans to make job offers to "substantially all" Veolia employees.
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U.S. attorney to ask for review of IURC ethics dispute

October 26, 2010
Associated Press
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett says he'll ask "the appropriate federal agency" to review an ethics dispute that has embroiled the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and Duke Energy Corp.
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State getting $25M to clean up old GM sites

October 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana will benefit from a $25.2 million environmental trust established to clean up and redevelop eight former General Motors plants throughout the state, officials said Wednesday.
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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.

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  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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