Energy & Environment

Report: Indiana power rates to rise a third by 2023

December 31, 2013
Associated Press
The report by the State Utility Forecasting Group projects that Indiana's electricity rates will increase by 32 percent from 2013 to 2023, driven upward by new federal pollution restrictions and other factors.
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Better homes and gadgets: Household power use falls

December 31, 2013
Associated Press
Even though our lives are more wired than ever, power usage is on track to decline for the third year in a row due to more energy-efficient housing, appliances and consumer-friendly devices.
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Kokomo to debut curbside recycling program

December 29, 2013
Associated Press
City officials hope the program can reduce the community's trash-disposal costs by 35 percent.
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Flexsteel settles Elkhart contamination suit for $6.25M

December 27, 2013
Associated Press
The Iowa-based furniture maker was accused of polluting the water wells of nine homes in the northern Indiana community.
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Wind farm says Duke violated contract

December 21, 2013
Dan Human
The owner of a northern Indiana wind farm says Duke Energy Indiana Inc.—which had agreed to buy energy the 87-turbine operation produces—breached its contract, “proving disastrous.
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Citizens Energy reports $81M loss, lower executive pay

December 19, 2013
Dan Human
The 2013 loss was far greater than the $11.8 million in red ink Citizens reported in fiscal 2012. Meanwhile, CEO Carey Lykins' annual compensation dropped $1 million, to $1.9 million.
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MISO takes control of Entergy system, extends grid to Gulf

December 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
The Carmel-based power grid operator is expanding its footprint from Manitoba and the U.S. Midwest to the Louisiana coast.
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U.S. invalidates 33.5M renewable fuel credits after fraud

December 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it has invalidated renewable fuel credits sold by an Indiana company for biofuel it didn’t produce. The filing Wednesday follows fraud charges filed against the former owners of the Middletown-based E-Biofuels LLC in September.
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State's top court gives Rockport developer a victory

December 17, 2013
 The Statehouse File
The state's high court ruled unanimously Tuesday that an alteration of the contract the plant's developers signed with the Indiana Finance Authority did not constitute a significant change.
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Dominion puts area solar-power projects into service

December 16, 2013
Associated Press
Dominion Resources Inc. said Monday that the three projects near Indianapolis are capable of providing enough electricity for up to 7,200 homes. Dominion acquired the projects in July from Sunrise Energy Ventures.
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Farm Bureau: Ethanol proposal should be scrapped

December 16, 2013
Associated Press
The organization says corn prices have dropped more than 5 percent since word of the proposed U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rule was leaked in October.
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Two Indiana plants get $15M in clean-energy credits

December 12, 2013
Associated Press
A federal agency has awarded two Indiana manufacturers, including one in Indianapolis, more than $15 million in tax credits intended to boost their production of clean energy equipment.
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Green BEAN to grow in Louisville after competitor closes

December 5, 2013
Dan Human
The Indianapolis-based produce and groceries distributor has acquired a list of hundreds of customers and vendors in the area who are losing their current service.
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Business veteran to direct Indiana agriculture agency

December 4, 2013
Associated Press
Ted McKinney, who grew up on a family farm in Tipton County, will replace Gina Sheets, who's leaving after a year on the job to do mission work in Liberia.
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IDEM: Buy real Christmas trees to support farmers

December 2, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is urging Hoosiers to help farmers, the environment and the economy by buying Indiana-grown Christmas trees this year instead of artificial ones.
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Biomass could power 1/3 of Hoosier homes, report saysRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Dan Human
Despite ongoing research, the energy form is still not economical in many cases.
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MCCANN: Energy research evolving to meet massive demandsRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Maureen McCann / Special to IBJ
The days of lone-wolf researchers shouting 'Eureka' are over.
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Indiana in natural gas dilemmaRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Dan Human
'Fracking' has made natural gas cheap and abundant, but prices could rise with demand, costing consumers.
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Funding for Mounds Reservoir study moves ahead

November 14, 2013
Associated Press
The state will provide a $600,000 grant for the next phase in a proposed project to build a $400 million reservoir in central Indiana.
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Nation's green-power push has secret, dirty costs

November 12, 2013
Associated Press
The consequences from the ethanol era are so severe that environmentalists and many scientists have now rejected corn-based ethanol as bad environmental policy. But the Obama administration stands by it, highlighting its economic benefits to the farming industry.
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Report: Great Lakes cleanup helpful but needs better way to judge success

November 10, 2013
Associated Press
Federal officials and advocacy groups believe the project is making significant progress on pollution cleanup and other problems, but they're short on yardsticks for confirming their impressions.
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Central Indiana city moves closer to solar park approval

November 7, 2013
Associated Press
The proposed 4,000-solar panel solar park would cover eight acres in Frankton, about 35 miles northeast of Indianapolis and be surrounded by a fence.
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Indiana coal industry battling EPA plant limits

November 6, 2013
Associated Press
Members of Indiana's coal industry and business community are heading to Chicago this week to fight against new limits on coal-fired plants they say would cost hundreds of jobs across the state.
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Appeals court weighs Duke Energy merger deal

November 6, 2013
Associated Press
The North Carolina Court of Appeals is being asked to decide whether the deal that made Charlotte-based Duke Energy Corp. the country's largest electric company should be revised to do more for consumers.
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Foes say proposed reservoir would have adverse impact

November 4, 2013
 IBJ Staff, Associated Press
A Muncie group that opposes a proposal to build a new reservoir in central Indiana says the project raises health concerns, including waste from former auto industry plants that might contaminate the reservoir.
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