Energy & Environment

Largest solar farm on Superfund site goes online

April 18, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's largest solar farm built on a federal Superfund site is now generating power in Indianapolis on property once tainted by a long-closed plant's wood-treating operations.
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Environmental groups sue to stop Illiana Tollway

April 17, 2014
Associated Press
Chicago environmental groups filed a lawsuit Thursday to stop the proposed $1.3 billion Illiana Tollway linking northern Illinois and northwestern Indiana, claiming the Illinois Department of Transportation doesn't have authority to develop it.
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Farmers off to slow start planting corn crop

April 15, 2014
Associated Press
As of Sunday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says, just 3 percent of the U.S. corn crop was sown, half the dismal pace of last year.
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Citizens plans $114M in upgrades for water system

April 10, 2014
Mason King
Among the planned projects are a new groundwater treatment plant near Morse Reservoir, a booster station to improve water pressure on the northwest side, and several large water main replacement projects.
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State green-lights deeper look into fuel costs at Duke plant

April 9, 2014
Dan Human
A state agency for utility consumers had requested additional scrutiny for periods late last year when Duke Energy Indiana's Edwardsport plant consumed more energy than it produced.
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Pence renews talks over $2.1B fertilizer plant

April 8, 2014
Associated Press
Indiana economic development officials have renewed talks with Pakistan-connected developers who want to build a major fertilizer plant in southwestern Indiana, one year after the state withdrew its support for the project over national security concerns.
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Reservoir opponents warn of impact on rare wetland

April 6, 2014
Associated Press
Kevin Tungesvick, a local restoration ecologist, said the proposed $350 million Mounds Lake Reservoir would inundate the Mounds Fen State Nature Preserve, which features a wetland that formed following the last ice age.
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Indiana seed commissioner seeks federal hemp OK

April 4, 2014
Associated Press
Although the Indiana Legislature approved a measure allowing hemp to be grown in the state, the state still needs permission from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
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Beck's plans $60M expansion, 100 more workers

April 2, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Indiana-based Beck’s, the country’s largest family-owned seed company, said the expansion will include research labs, greenhouses, office space, and seed-processing facilities and equipment.
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Beck's Hybrids planning to expand headquarters operation

April 1, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
The growing family-owned seed company had been working with Hamilton County officials on incentives. An economic development announcement with state officials is planned for Wednesday morning.
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Edwardsport plant rebounds in March after flat February

April 1, 2014
Dan Human
After two months of meager output that sparked scrutiny from the state and consumer groups, the controversial power plant sprung back to life in March, Duke Energy Indiana says.
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Court deciding if ex-regulator should face charges

March 31, 2014
Associated Press
The crux of the argument is whether David Lott Hardy, who was fired by then-Gov. Mitch Daniels as part of an ethical scandal that eventually also cost three Duke Energy officials their jobs, should be charged with felony misconduct when he did not commit an actual crime.
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Indiana court revisits former utility regulator's case

March 31, 2014
Associated Press
The appeals court heard arguments Monday in the case against former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission chairman David Lott Hardy.
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Pence lets bill ending Energize Indiana become law

March 27, 2014
 The Statehouse File
Indiana Gov. Mike Pence will let a bill that eliminates an energy-conservation program become law without his signature, prompting harsh words from environmental leaders who opposed the bill.
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Big businesses fight over Indiana energy program

March 20, 2014
Associated Press
Two giant corporations that sell products that save electricity want Gov. Mike Pence to veto a bill that would halt the program called Energizing Indiana.
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Court gives Duke Energy go-ahead for rate increase

March 19, 2014
Associated Press
Duke Energy won approval from an Indiana court Wednesday to raise electricity rates to pay for its $3.5 billion Edwardsport coal-gasification power plant.
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Ball State prepares to idle its coal-fired boilers

March 19, 2014
Associated Press
Ball State University officials are preparing to stop burning coal at the campus steam plant as the school pushes ahead with its partial conversion to geothermal energy.
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University Loft’s founder now building electric carsRestricted Content

March 15, 2014
Anthony Schoettle
The founder of University Loft Co., one of the nation’s biggest suppliers of college dorm room and military base furniture, is now venturing into the world of alternative transportation.
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General Assembly passes bill to legalize industrial hemp

March 13, 2014
Jessica Seabolt, The Statehouse File
A bill to legalize the cultivation of industrial hemp in Indiana is headed to Gov. Mike Pence after it passed the House on Wednesday night and the Senate on Thursday.
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Agency: Duke plant consumed more energy than it produced

March 13, 2014
Dan Human
The state's Office of the Utility Consumer Counselor is trying to put the brakes on Duke Energy Indiana's request for $1.5 million related to expenses at its Edwardsport coal-gasification plant.
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UPDATE: Governor to sign Indiana recycling bill

March 12, 2014
Associated Press
Legislation that sets a goal for Indiana to eventually recycle at least half of its municipal waste is headed to Gov. Mike Pence's desk after passing the General Assembly.
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Lawmakers vote to put Energizing Indiana program on hold

March 10, 2014
Associated Press
A bill that would sideline the state's energy-efficiency program was sent to the governor Monday, but Indiana lawmakers are still mulling bills that would relax gun regulations in school parking lots and make some welfare recipients undergo drug-testing.
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Coal train makes final delivery to Perry K Steam Plant

March 10, 2014
Associated Press
Once that coal is gone, the plant will be fueled by natural gas. Three of the plant's boilers have already been converted to natural gas and the final boiler will be converted by June.
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Environmental group against Mounds reservoir plan

March 10, 2014
Associated Press
A regional chapter of the Audubon Society says the proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir would hurt the natural environment near Anderson.
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Hamilton County considering solar energy for public buildings

March 8, 2014
Andrea Muirragui Davis
Hamilton County might soon join the growing ranks of large utility users looking to hedge against rising prices by producing some of their own power.
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