Energy & Environment

U.S. says new rules would cut thousands of coal jobs

January 26, 2011
Associated Press
The Obama administration's own experts estimate their proposal for protecting streams from coal mining would eliminate thousands of jobs and slash production across much of the country
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Universal curbside recycling program looks iffyRestricted Content

January 15, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
Finding a way to cover the cost of expanding the program with revenue from sales of recycled goods such as aluminum, plastic and glass has proved tough, even as commodities prices rise with the improving economy.
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Duke Energy plans acquisition, new CEO

January 10, 2011
Bloomberg News
Duke Energy Corp. announced Monday an agreement to buy Progress Energy Inc. and put Progress CEO William Johnson in charge of what will be the largest U.S. utility.
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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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  1. Hiking blocks to an office after fighting traffic is not logical. Having office buildings around the loop, 465 and in cities in surrounding counties is logical. In other words, counties around Indianapolis need office buildings like Keystone, Meridian, Michigan Road/College Park and then no need to go downtown. Financial, legal, professional businesses don't need the downtown when Carmel, Fishers, North Indy are building their own central office buildings close to the professionals. The more Hamilton, Boone county attract professionals, the less downtown is relevant. Highrises have no meaning if they don't have adequate parking for professionals and clients. Great for show, but not exactly downtown Chicago, no lakefront, no river to speak of, and no view from highrises of lake Michigan and the magnificent mile. Indianapolis has no view.

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  3. that it actually looked a lot like Sato v Franchitti @Houston. And judging from Dario's marble mouthed presentation providing "color", I'd say that he still suffers from his Dallara inflicted head injury._______Considering that the Formula E cars weren't going that quickly at that exact moment, that was impressive air time. But I guess we shouldn't be surprised, as Dallara is the only car builder that needs an FAA certification for their cars. But flying Dallaras aren't new. Just ask Dan Wheldon.

  4. Does anyone know how and where I can get involved and included?

  5. While the data supporting the success of educating our preschoolers is significant, the method of reaching this age group should be multi-faceted. Getting business involved in support of early childhood education is needed. But the ways for businesses to be involved are not just giving money to programs and services. Corporations and businesses educating their own workforce in the importance of sending a child to kindergarten prepared to learn is an alternative way that needs to be addressed. Helping parents prepare their children for school and be involved is a proven method for success. However, many parents are not sure how to help their children. The public is often led to think that preschool education happens only in schools, daycare, or learning centers but parents and other family members along with pediatricians, librarians, museums, etc. are valuable resources in educating our youngsters. When parents are informed through work lunch hour workshops in educating a young child, website exposure to exceptional teaching ideas that illustrate how to encourage learning for fun, media input, and directed community focus on early childhood that is when a difference will be seen. As a society we all need to look outside the normal paths of educating and reaching preschoolers. It is when methods of involving the most important adult in a child's life - a parent, that real success in educating our future workers will occur. The website www.ifnotyouwho.org is free and illustrates activities that are research-based, easy to follow and fun! Businesses should be encouraging their workers to tackle this issue and this website makes it easy for parents to be involved. The focus of preschool education should be to inspire all the adults in a preschooler's life to be aware of what they can do to prepare a child for their future life. Fortunately we now know best practices to prepare a child for a successful start to school. Is the business community ready to be involved in educating preschoolers when it becomes more than a donation but a challenge to their own workers?

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