Energy & Environment

Urban farmer in Indianapolis hopes he's the first of many

June 5, 2010
Norm Heikens
Matthew Jose figures that if enough people follow him into urban farming, vacant and abandoned property will flourish with productivity, consumer diets will improve, and worn neighborhoods will get new life.
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Indiana contractors scramble for certification to remove leadRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
Norm Heikens
New U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rules force precautions on paint chips, dust.
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EnerDel's potential luring backers despite steep lossesRestricted Content

June 5, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
The parent of locally based lithium-ion battery maker EnerDel is putting together hundreds of millions of dollars in financing to fund a business plan that could bring revenue to nearly $1 billion within five years.
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Anti-development property owner gives homestead to local land trust

June 1, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
A 16-acre wood nestled against the White River and surrounded by the Keystone at the Crossing shopping center will become a public nature preserve.
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Performance Services guarantees City-County Building energy savings

May 29, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The firm was a pioneer in the energy savings niche more than a decade before green became cool or was perceived to be a viable market.
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Indiana 4 to 6 weeks behind its weatherization goal

May 23, 2010
Associated Press
The delay is pushing back the release of the second half of the $132 million in stimulus funds the state got for energy-saving retrofits to homes of thousands of low-income residents.
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Wind energy jobs sought at Dallas trade show

May 19, 2010
 IBJ Staff
An economic development squad is heading to Dallas to woo wind-energy firms. Indiana ranked second in the nation last year in adding wind-generating capacity.
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State cites Veolia Water over safety concerns

May 17, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Veolia Water is contesting three "serious" safety penalties involving a gas line strike. IOSHA alleges utility failed to instruct employees and properly determine location of lines.
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IPL settles $190M dispute, resumes wind farm project

May 17, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Power & Light tilted at wind farm developer by terminating its contract. Now a new agreement avoids the potential $190 million in damages enXco sought against the local utility.
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Duke Energy downsizes smart-grid plansRestricted Content

May 15, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Duke Energy has dramatically scaled back its proposed "smart" electric grid rollout, five months after regulators rejected an initial, $445 million plan.
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CountryMark acquires oil wells in southern Indiana

May 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based CountryMark, a co-op that provides fuel to farmers, has acquired 600 oil wells and other assets in the Illinois basin.
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MOUNAYAR: Indianapolis should rediscover public spaces

May 8, 2010
Michel Mounayar
Too few of the city's revitalization projects are connected by attractive sidewalks, streets, gardens and plazas.
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Veolia concessions worry regulatorsRestricted Content

May 8, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Testimony filed in Indianapolis Water Co.'s rate case shows the city in 2007 agreed to take on millions of dollars in costs from the private firm it hired to operate the utility, including $48 million in retiree medical plan obligations.
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Study: Indiana shows long-term decrease in air toxicsRestricted Content

May 8, 2010
Chris O'Malley
IDEM says in its newly released “ToxWatch” report that the level of air toxics over the last decade has “decreased to within levels acceptable to the U.S. EPA.
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Indiana has millions to pass out for renewable energy projects

May 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The federal money is for renewable energy systems, energy-efficiency improvements, energy audits and renewable-energy feasibility studies.
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U.S. farmers planting corn at record pace

April 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
U.S. corn farmers may have planted more acres last week than in any week ever as dry weather and more-productive equipment sped up fieldwork.
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Rising prices could help pork producers bounce backRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The prices hogs are fetching this year will help farmers begin to climb out of the crater of 2008 and 2009. Average pork prices may approach record levels this year, Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt predicted, up to $53.63 per hundred pounds. The record is $55.44 per hundred pounds, set in 1982.
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Waterworks board wants outside review of mayor's utility plan

April 23, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The waterworks board's plan to hire outside consultants to study the proposed sale of Indianapolis Water could delay the deal.
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IDEM chief choking on EPA's new ozone proposal

April 22, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Cost of proposed EPA ozone limit would far outweigh any potential health benefits, Indiana Department of Environmental Management commissioner says.
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Indianapolis gets $10 million for clean energy

April 21, 2010
Associated Press
The grant announced Wednesday is part of $452 million in stimulus funding nationwide for projects meant to make buildings more energy efficient.
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City-County Building 'greening' project to cost $8 million

April 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
City expects environmentally friendly overhaul of downtown headquarters to provide net savings of $250,000 per year.
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City flush with energy-saving ideas for building

April 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
City-County Building energy-efficiency upgrades are set to be unveiled Tuesday afternoon. The nearly 50-year old landmark is the centerpiece of the city's greener-building initiative.
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Carbon storage presents prickly trade-offsRestricted Content

April 17, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Not only are utilities grappling with how to pull carbon from their coal-fired emissions, but they also crave certainty about where to put the carbon. With minimal information available about Indiana's deep subsurface , much remains to be done to determine where and at what scale the practice could be deployed here.
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Utilities face conundrum with carbon dioxide emissionsRestricted Content

April 17, 2010
Chris O'Malley
So-called carbon capture and sequestration, or CCS, is seen by some in the utility business as a potential salvation for coal. But utilities may face a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you don't scenario.
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Franklin College students turn fry grease into fuel

April 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Franklin College freshmen Jimmy Qualters and Drew Royalty took the idea to the college’s “Green Team” and sought out the used fryer oil in the college cafeteria.
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  1. So, Pence wants the federal government to ignore the 2008 law that allows children from these countries to argue for asylum in front of a judge. How did this guy become governor? And how is that we'll soon be subjected to repeatedly seeing him on TV being taken seriously as a presidential candidate? Am I in Bizzaro-U.S.A.?

  2. "And the most rigorous studies of one-year preschool programs have shown short-term benefits that fade out in a few years or no benefits at all." So we are going down a path that seems to have proven not to work very well. Right intention, wrong approach?

  3. Well for Dunkin Donuts it might say that even a highly popular outlet can't make a poorly sited location work. That little strip has seen near constant churn for years.

  4. Years ago, the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device companies shifted their research investment away from Medical Institutions to focus more on private research centers, primarily because of medical institution inefficiencies in initiating clinical studies and their inability/commitment to enroll the needed number of patients in these studies. The protracted timelines of the medical institutions were prompting significant delays in the availability of new drug and medical device entities for patients and relatedly, higher R and D expenditures to the commercial industry because of these delays. While the above stated IU Health "ratio is about $2.50 in federal funding for every $1 in industry funding", the available funding is REVERSED as commercial R and D (primarily Phase I-IV clinical work)runs $2.50 to $1 for available federal funding ($76.8B to $30.9B in 2011). The above article significatly understated the available R and D funding from industry......see the Pharma and Medical Device industry websites. Clearly, if medical institutions like IU Health wish to attract more commercial studies, they will need to become more competitive with private clinical sites in their ability to be more efficient and in their commitment to meet study enrollment goals on time. Lastly, to the reference to the above Washington Post article headlined “As drug industry’s influence over research grows, so does the potential for bias", lacks some credibility as both FDA and Institutional Institutional Review Boards must approve the high proportion of these studies before studies are started. This means that both study safety and science must be approved by both entities.

  5. ChIeF and all the other critics – better is better no matter what. Get over it; they are doing better despite you ?

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