Energy & Environment

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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Court revisits IURC ruling after agency lawyer jumps to utilityRestricted Content

October 16, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A Duke Energy case handled by an Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission lawyer—while he jockeyed for a job with the utility—is headed to the Indiana Court of Appeals.
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Indianapolis wins state "Green Community of the Year" award

October 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Mayor Greg Ballard has unveiled a number of green initiatives, ranging from widespread use of hybrid vehicles to making the City-County Building more energy-efficient.
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IURC to re-examine Duke project amid ethics flap

October 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
The commission is summoning the CEO of North Carolina-based Duke Energy to justify the $2.9 billion Edwardsport plant on the same day the state ethics board filed formal charges against a former IURC attorney hired by Duke.
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Heating bills should be cheaper this winter, utility says

October 13, 2010
Citizens Energy Group projects that the gas bill of its average residential customer will decline about 7 percent over the winter heating season. The utility said a customer who uses the typical amount of natural gas will spend $580, down from $620 last season.
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Duke Energy names interim president amid probe

October 12, 2010
Scott Olson
Decision to replace Indiana CEO Mike Reed, who has been placed on administrative leave, follows a state investigation into an ethics controversy involving Duke that resulted in the dismissal of the chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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IPL chief Ann Murtlow is 'personable' power

October 9, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Mutlow_WatchVideoAnn Murtlow's ability to connect with employees and the community has helped her thrive in a male-dominated field. She is one of a only a handful of women in the country to lead utilities.
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Local environmental contractor declares bankruptcy

October 8, 2010
Indianapolis-based ESI Environmental Inc. filed for Chapter 7 liquidation in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The firm was the area's second-largest environmental contractor based on revenue, according to the most recent IBJ statistics.
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Customer-service jobs likely casualty in utility merger

October 4, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Consultant finds 23 or so customer-service jobs may be unneeded after Citizens Energy acquires city water and sewer utilities. Administrative jobs may also be on bubble, though most savings are from capital-related expenses.
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Feds charge 3rd man with Clean Water violations

September 30, 2010
Associated Press
Joseph Biggio, who was executive vice president of operations at Ecological Systems Inc. from 2001 through 2007, was charged Thursday with two counts of violating the Clean Water Act and one count of making false statements.
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Federal courthouse in Indianapolis slated for green roofRestricted Content

September 25, 2010
Scott Olson
Plants atop the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse are expected to cut costs in long run.
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Consumer groups call for Duke to cancel Edwardsport project

September 25, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A proposed settlement between the utility and industrial customers would temporarily cap the cost of the plant, which is $1 billion more than initial estimates.
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TechPoint broadens agenda for annual technology summit

September 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
This year’s event will look at trends in so-called clean technologies.
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Indiana corn coming in sooner, faster, better in 2010

September 21, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana Agricultural Statistics Service says farmers harvested 27 percent of their corn by Sunday, compared with none by this time last year and an average of 6 percent over the past five years.
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IPL identifies locations for electric car charging stationsRestricted Content

September 18, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The utility plans an aggressive rollout of charging stations with the imminent arrival of electric cars, such as the Nissan Leaf, due in showrooms this December.
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New outlook for a decrepit city neighborhood

September 11, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Just a few minutes northeast of vibrant Monument Circle lurks the most notorious graveyard of Indianapolis’ industrial heyday—at least 70 of the city’s 500 brownfields. Now planners and developers aspire to revitalize the most contaminated neighborhood in Indianapolis into a success story.
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Indianapolis' 'walkability' touted to convention plannersRestricted Content

September 11, 2010
Scott Olson
Compact downtown is big selling point for sustainable-minded planners.
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Beck's Superior Hybrids plans $24.5M expansion

September 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A Hamilton County seed company has plans to expand its facilities, creating as many as 72 jobs over the next five years, state economic development officials said Friday morning.
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Local developer planning Indiana wind farm

September 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Carmel-based Performance Services Inc. plans a 25-turbine wind farm in a rural area north of Lafayette, across about 2,500 acres in northern Tippecanoe County.
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Indiana panel's proposal would expand net metering

September 7, 2010
Associated Press
The draft net metering rule would boost the state's power cap for renewable power units and expand it to all customer classes served by electric utilities.
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Traffic-signal maker flashing red over Indianapolis contractRestricted Content

September 4, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Domestic vendor who thought "buy American" provision would help it win contract loses out to Taiwanese supplier.
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State makes it easier to renew asbestos-removal license

September 2, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana currently licenses about 2,500 asbestos-removal professionals each year.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: IPL chief takes charge

September 1, 2010
Mason King
Mutlow watch videoAnn Murtlow describes taking control of the troubled utility and how she handles the demands of serving on a dozen different boards.
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New enforcement rules worry environmental activists

August 28, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management's top attorney asked agency staff to change how they cite companies for violating the state's water pollution law.
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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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