Energy & Environment

Indiana counselor 'deeply concerned' about Duke plant

August 9, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana Utility Consumer Counselor David Stippler's comments came four months after Duke Energy revealed the cost of its southwestern Indiana plant had grown to nearly $2.9 billion, or about twice the project's original 2007 estimate.
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Summer is key time for those who raise Christmas trees

August 7, 2010
Joe Jasinski
Christmas and July harmonize like a blizzard on Independence Day, but the summer months are perhaps the most vital for Tom Dull and his wife, Kerry, who raise 23,000 Christmas trees on their peaceful farm in Thorntown.
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Consumers facing record prices for bacon

August 4, 2010
Bloomberg News
The U.S. hog-breeding herd is near the smallest on record, and wholesale pork-belly prices are up 72 percent in the past year, to the highest price since at least 1998.
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Upstart automaker Bright faces tough road in competitive nicheRestricted Content

July 31, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Two years after Bright Automotive was founded, the prospect of thousands of Indiana factory workers cranking out Bright’s 100-mile-per-gallon “IDEA” delivery vans by 2012 seems dim.
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Opponents claim I-69 extension a drain on other road projects

July 24, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Some opponents of the Interstate 69 extension says it’s not too late to kill the project even though concrete has been poured for two miles in southern Indiana, and another 60 miles or so is under construction or in an engineering phase.
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Hoosier Energy reaches settlement with EPA

July 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Rural electric cooperative to pay civil penalty of nearly $1 million for not using most modern pollution controls. Hoosier Energy also to spend up to $300 million on pollution controls at coal-fired plants.
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Key city highway to be closed for beautification project

July 23, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Commuters and truckers could get an all-day headache when Interstate 70 closes in October to allow Eli Lilly and Keep Indianapolis Beautiful to spruce up part of the city.
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Water, sewer utility sale passes another hurdle

July 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Sale of city's water and sewer utilities faces showdown on Monday with full council vote.
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Indiana working on phosphorous limits for lakes

July 19, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says the rule would impact sewage treatment plants upstream of lakes.
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Proposed air pollution rule could cost utilitiesRestricted Content

July 17, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Indiana’s utilities are scrambling to assess the cost of tighter air pollution limits proposed this month by the Environmental Protection Agency that could drive up electric rates.
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NFP of NOTE: Central Indiana Land Trust

July 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Through land protection, stewardship and education, the Central Indiana Land Trust protects natural areas, improving air and water quality and enhancing life in our communities for present and future generations.
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Environmental services firm to build $40M refinery

July 13, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Heritage-Crystal Clean Inc. plans to build an oil re-refinery in Speedway, creating as many as 75 new jobs by 2013.
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Wind energy transmission raises equity questions

July 10, 2010
Associated Press
Transmission lines costing about $16 billion are needed to move wind energy into the electric grid. But the cost has sparked a debate over who should pay for getting the power from where it is made to where it is consumed.
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New energy-efficiency grants available to Indiana commercial, industrial firms

July 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Conserving Hoosier Industrial Power, or CHIP, grants will range from $50,000 to $400,000.
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Solar panel maker must prove low production cost

July 7, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The company says it will hire 900 to 1,200 people in Indiana, but first, it must focus on successfully scaling up its existing facility in Colorado.
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Indiana mine operation to close

July 6, 2010
Peabody will close mine south of Terre Haute by mid-September, but a majority of the workers will move to jobs in other mining operations.
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Solar firm investing $500M in unused Getrag plant; 850 jobs planned

July 3, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A Colorado-based Abound Solar will get federal help taking over the empty Getrag plant on U.S. 31 near Kokomo, creating as many as 850 jobs in the next three years and establishing what it says will be the largest such facility in the United States.
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Central Indiana aims to become electric vehicle powerhouseRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Central Indiana might be in line to tap hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grants and loan guarantees to energize the rollout of plug-in electric cars and trucks. Both chambers of Congress are considering measures that would require the Department of Energy to select up to 15 cities nationwide to participate in a national electric vehicle deployment program.
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Smart plug-in is audibly different from conventional modelRestricted Content

July 3, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The future of electric-powered automotive transportation is already sitting in the showroom of the Indianapolis Smart car dealership at 4000 E. 96th St. It’s a European version of the plug-in Smart.
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Allison dedicates $130 million hybrid plant

June 28, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Allison Transmission Inc. said Monday that it has begun renovating a vacant manufacturing space to work on hybrid systems for commercial vehicles.
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Plug-in car startup breaks all the rules

June 26, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Wabash-based ClearFlex Automotive is using off-the-shelf technology to design a 2010 Ford Focus plug-in electric vehicle, powered entirely by lead acid batteries. The company is gearing up for initial production of up to three vehicles a day.
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Electric rates likely to rise with cost of Duke coal plantRestricted Content

June 26, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Pressure is building on Duke Energy to contain costs of its controversial Edwardsport generating plant in southwestern Indiana, following the company’s recent disclosure that the price tag will soar by $530 million—likely boosting average customer rates in Indiana by 3 percent.
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Looking out for summer garden pests

June 26, 2010
Just because it's summer, don't expect tree and shrub pests to go on vacation.
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Garden Calendar

June 26, 2010
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Ohio plant eyes Indiana to avoid environmental rule

June 23, 2010
Associated Press
Ohio's governor has asked state environmental regulators to come up with a way to save 214 jobs at a northwest Ohio plant that is considering a move to Indiana.
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