Energy & Environment

PANEL: Progress is being made on environmental issues in state

March 6, 2010
New Watch Video iconExperts say Indianapolis is moving forward on recycling, that environmental research is discovering promising technologies, and that manufacturers are finding new things to make. Local cognoscenti from the green community testify to these developments in five included videos.
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Consumer group touts financial benefits of energy efficiency

March 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Opponents of energy/climate change legislation—which has predominantly been in the form of so-called cap-and-trade legislation—aren’t convinced.
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IPL retirees, union continue fight over plan funding

March 3, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Retirees re-energize legal battle against IPL, seek rehearing in Court of Appeals over post-retirement funding case that could cost utility $100 million.
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Ballard retooling city's curbside recycling strategyRestricted Content

February 27, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Mayor Greg Ballard plans to renegotiate the city's trash-collection-and-processing deals, a move aimed at boosting Indianapolis' woeful 3.5-percent curbside-recycling rate and making the city one of the best environmental stewards in the Midwest.
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Alternative energy firm eyeing New Castle plant

February 25, 2010
Scott Olson
Plans by Washington, D.C.-based D'Arcinoff Group to manufacture wind turbines in an idled plant in New Castle could create 1,800 jobs in the next two years.
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Regulatory job prompts Mays to resign as Recorder publisher

February 24, 2010
Carolene Mays plans to leave the Indianapolis newspaper after being named to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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Plan for optional interstate tolls may hit potholesRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A proposal to add optional toll lanes to parts of Interstates 69 and 65 raises all kinds of questions, such as how to squeeze more lanes into the crowded I-69 corridor northeast of the city. And it’s debatable whether toll lanes could make more money than they cost to implement.
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TROY: New law frees contaminated real estate from purgatory

February 20, 2010
Paul Troy
State environmental regulators now must consider leaving contamination in the ground so long as it doesn't threaten health
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Indiana Building Green Symposium gains momentum

February 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
What has emerged as the largest local gathering to discuss green building technologies will meet March 10-11 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
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Foes keep up 31-year fight over central Indiana landfill

February 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A developer who has been trying for 31 years to build a central Indiana landfill says he's ready to start construction after receiving a state permit.
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Mays named to Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

February 17, 2010
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels has appointed former Democratic state Rep. Carolene Mays of Indianapolis to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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IPL sues engineering consultant over Eagle Valley discharge

February 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Power and Light Co. is suing its engineering consultant over an industrial accident that spilled 30 million gallons of polluted water into White River.
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Environmental causes keep ex-bank chief McKinney busyRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Most know him as a retired captain of industry—of banking, as chairman of First Indiana Corp., and law, as co-founder of Bose McKinney & Evans. Few know that Robert H. McKinney started out planning to become a national park guide.
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IPL retirees lose appeal over retirement benefits

January 29, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Indiana Court of Appeals upholds utility commission ruling favorable to IPL. Although court does "not condone" IPL's action in the retirement benefits case, it gives deference to the commission.
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Remy hybrid agreements help offset GM loss

January 27, 2010
Scott Olson
Pendleton-based Remy International signs deals with Allison Transmission Inc. in Indianapolis and German automaker Daimler AG to supply electric motors for hybrid systems. The agreements should help offset a loss of business from General Motors.
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Bill would give CO2 pipeline firms right to take private land

January 25, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A consumer group opposing Senate Bill 115 argues the measure is yet another concession to the developer of a coal-to-methane plant proposed in Rockport.
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Farmland once targeted for housing still being plowedRestricted Content

January 23, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Farmers who might have worried about losing their livelihood to new homes or retail have gotten a little breather.
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Pickens' natural-gas plan may prove boon to truck builders

January 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Converting the U.S. trucking industry to natural gas will benefit manufacturers including Columbus-based Cummins Inc., T. Boone Pickens says.
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Duke Energy to trim Midwest work force, expenses

January 19, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Duke Energy is offering buyouts to employees as it moves some corporate functions performed in two Midwest offices, including its central Indiana office in Plainfield.
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With utilities under pressure, shareholders unite

January 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Utility Shareholders Association aims to be the “collective voice” of investors in four of the big utilities operating in Indiana.
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Nature Conservancy buys 282 acres from Girl Scouts

January 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The land in Brown County will be turned over to the Indiana Division of Forestry.
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IPL: Changing tree-trimming policy could cost utility $100M

January 13, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. made the claim in testimony submitted to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission as part of a hearing investigating complaints that the utility's tree-trimming policies are too aggressive.
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Cummins gets $54M to improve fuel efficiency

January 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Columbus engine maker Cummins Inc. will receive nearly $54M in federal funding as part of a program designed to significantly increase fuel efficiency in heavy trucks and passenger vehicles, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Monday.
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Bill could pave way for Indiana nuclear power plantsRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The word “nuclear” isn’t even mentioned, but Senate Bill 69 is a virtual launch code for reviving attempts at commercial nuclear power in Indiana.
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IDEM fills long-vacant chief-of-staff post, denies agency shakeup

January 4, 2010
Chris O'Malley
IDEM's head, faulted over his role in a pollution case while at Bethlehem Steel, gets a chief of staff. Officials deny agency shakeup on way.
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