Energy & Environment

Long dry spell hurting Indiana corn, soybean crops

September 4, 2013
Associated Press
Two-thirds of Indiana's top soil is listed as short or very short of moisture.
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Indiana Supreme Court to review energy contract

September 3, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Supreme Court will hear arguments Thursday on a lower court ruling invalidating part of a contract that would require the state to buy synthetic natural gas from a southwestern Indiana plant and resell it on the open market for 30 years.
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Duke Energy to retire five Indiana coal-fired plants by 2018

August 30, 2013
Associated Press
A state administrative law judge oversaw the settlement, which was signed Wednesday by Duke Energy, the Sierra Club, Citizens Action Coalition, Valley Watch and Save the Valley.
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Panel questions cuts to Indiana recycling programs

August 28, 2013
Associated Press
Legislators and recycling advocates asked the state environmental chief Wednesday why millions of dollars had been shifted out of recycling programs since the recession, saying the initiatives could have created thousands of jobs.
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Drought didn't stop Indiana farmland value growth

August 27, 2013
Associated Press
High net farm income, low interest rates and high farmland demand with supply combined to increase land values upward by 14.7 percent to 19.1 percent, depending on productivity, according to the study.
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Recycling group's leader changes mind about leaving

August 22, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Recycling Coalition said Executive Director Carey Hamilton, who announced she was leaving earlier this month, would remain with the organization in a restructured role.
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Central Indiana city yanks support from solar-panel maker

August 22, 2013
Associated Press
Columbus is shutting off some of its financial assistance to a solar panel manufacturer because the company hasn't hired enough workers.
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Legislators mull allowing farm wineries to sell direct

August 21, 2013
 The Statehouse File
Indiana wineries complain that current rules about selling to retailers and dealers are onerous and can mean splitting up a family business.
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Youth camp suing to block planned hog farm

August 20, 2013
Associated Press
The action comes after the White County commissioners last month approved a zoning change to allow the hog facility about a half-mile from the 600-acre YMCA Camp Tecumseh.
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Utilities fall short on efficiency spendingRestricted Content

August 17, 2013
Dan Human
Indiana’s largest power companies are set to reimburse their customers $32 million after falling short on spending for energy efficiency last year.
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Chemical cleanup planned at old factory site

August 16, 2013
Associated Press
The trust created to revitalize and market former General Motors properties has set aside about $7 million to clean up a contaminated site in Kokomo where a factory stood from 1915 to 1993.
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Fort Wayne's ash tree removal bill nears $3 million

August 16, 2013
Associated Press
Fort Wayne's parks board on Thursday approved a new $450,000 contract for the removal of almost 2,500 trees infected by the emerald ash borer. When those ash trees are gone, nearly 13,000 trees will have been cut down from city property.
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Indiana's aquaculture industry growing, report says

August 14, 2013
Associated Press
A new report says the size of Indiana's fledgling aquaculture industry has more than doubled in the past seven years with the state now boasting about 50 farms that raise fish or seafood.
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Electricity provider planning new $27 million office

August 14, 2013
Associated Press
Electricity provider Hoosier Energy is starting construction on a new $27 million headquarters building in Bloomington.
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USDA predicts corn-crop rebound in Indiana, nation

August 12, 2013
Associated Press
USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service forecasts Indiana farmers will produce 979.40 million bushels of corn, a 64-percent increase from the 596.9 million bushels last year.
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Judge dismisses charges against ex-regulator Hardy

August 12, 2013
Indiana Lawyer Staff, Dave Stafford
Marion Superior Court Judge William Nelson ruled Monday that David Lott Hardy's behavior in connection with the Duke Energy Corp. ethics scandal wasn't criminal.
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Landfill operators explore energy-creation options

August 12, 2013
Associated Press
Gas produced by a southern Indiana landfill could be captured and used to generate revenue, but Cummins workers who studied the possibilities say local officials shouldn't take the idea to the bank just yet.
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Leader of recycling group to step down in November

August 6, 2013
Associated Press
Carey Hamilton is moving on after five years leading the Indiana Recycling Coalition.
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Critics: Duke trying to shift more Indiana plant cost

August 2, 2013
Associated Press
A consumer group maintains Duke Energy is trying skirt an agreement that caps how much of cost overruns electric customers must pay on its new $3.5 billion coal-gasification plant in southwestern Indiana.
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Marion, four other Indiana counties exceed new EPA standard

July 31, 2013
Associated Press
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency says parts of central Indiana's Marion and Morgan counties, southwestern Indiana's Daviess and Pike counties and western Indiana's Vigo County exceed the agency's beefed-up sulfur dioxide standard.
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Regulators: JPMorgan owes $410M for price manipulation

July 30, 2013
Associated Press
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said the bank used improper bidding strategies to squeeze excessive payments from two power grid operators, including the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, which is based in Carmel.
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Citizens' CEO grilled on pay in rate-increase hearing

July 29, 2013
Dan Human
State utility regulators kicked off a week-long hearing Monday on a proposed water rate increase for Indianapolis residents by putting the CEO of Citizens Energy Group on the hot seat.
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Under-the-radar utility-locating firm scores nearly $1B saleRestricted Content

July 27, 2013
Greg Andrews
Indianapolis-based United States Infrastructure Corp. just changed hands for the third time in five years—but not because it’s a hot potato nobody wants. Quite the contrary, as the latest sale price—nearly $1 billion—demonstrates.
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Three Indiana gas utilities face pipeline safety fines

July 26, 2013
Associated Press
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission says Northern Indiana Public Service Co., Vectren and Citizens Gas didn't follow procedures and keep accurate pipeline records.
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Farmers like crop potential year after drought

July 26, 2013
Associated Press
Farmers are keeping an eye on the weather and searching for early signs of disease after a recent Purdue University Extension Service report suggested recent rains and high humidity could create more fungal and bacterial problems throughout the state.
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