Energy & Environment

Coats: Planned reservoir can't rely on fed money

August 22, 2014
Associated Press
U.S. Sen. Dan Coats said planners of a proposed central Indiana reservoir shouldn't look to the federal government for help in financing the $450 million project.
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Proportion of zero-car households rolls past 10 percent

August 16, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indianapolis experienced one of the fastest gains in car-less households of any major city in a recent five-year period, according to U.S. Census data compiled by a University of Michigan researcher.
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IPL moves to drop coal from Harding Street power plant

August 15, 2014
 Associated Press and IBJ Staff
Indianapolis' electricity utility plans to convert its aging Harding Street power plant entirely to natural gas by 2016, after facing growing pressure to do so from environmental groups and politicians.
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Farmers on pace for record corn crop, report says

August 12, 2014
Associated Press
A bigger crop was expected as adequate rain and cool temperatures made for favorable growing conditions in the 18 states that produce 91 percent of the nation's corn.
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Groups want Indianapolis utility to test water

August 11, 2014
Associated Press
Environmental, health and neighborhood groups are calling on the Marion County Health Department to compel Indianapolis Power & Light to test groundwater at eight coal ash lagoons on the city's south side.
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Byproducts big business for Morgan County grain mill

August 11, 2014
Associated Press
It appears one man's bust is another's boom, because many of the reasons byproducts have become so popular are the same reasons you're paying historically high prices for beef.
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UPDATE: Cool summer sets hopes for record harvest

August 8, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's corn and soybean farmers are on track to produce record crops this year as a mild summer has provided optimum growing conditions.
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UPDATE: City board approves recycling deal with Covanta

August 6, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Despite heavy lobbying from opponents, the Indianapolis Board of Public Works on Wednesday voted 4-1 in favor of a contract extension with incinerator operator Covanta that will make the company the city's main household recycling provider for the next 14 years.
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City board approves recycling deal with Covanta

August 6, 2014
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis Board of Public Works voted Wednesday to approve Covanta as the city’s main residential recycling provider for the next 14 years.
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EPA coal-plant emission limits challenged by 12 states

August 1, 2014
Bloomberg News
A dozen states, led by West Virginia and including Indiana, sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday to block a proposed rule that would limit carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants.
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Church wants to put sewer-overflow plan on hold

July 29, 2014
Dennis Barbosa
A Carmel church is asking a Clay Township utility to withdraw its offer to buy part of the church's land for a sewer-overflow tank so that church officials can conduct research and meet with neighbors for input.
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Not in my backyard: U.S. sending more coal abroad

July 28, 2014
Associated Press
The U.S. power sector is burning less coal and is reducing carbon emissions, but a growing share is finding its way to the rest of the world.
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Judge rules against residents in suit over hog smell

July 24, 2014
Associated Press
A judge has ruled state law protects four large hog farms from lawsuits filed by residents of an eastern Indiana county who complained about waste and foul smells from their operations.
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Sierra Club wants Indianapolis coal plant closed

July 23, 2014
Associated Press
The Sierra Club is pressing Indianapolis' local utility to retire an aging coal-fired power plant that's slated to continue burning coal for at least two more decades.
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Job fairs help Duke Energy fill its talent pool

July 23, 2014
Associated Press
The average age of the line technicians who work for Duke Energy Corp. is between 50 and 55 years. Enduring an influx of retirements before it's able to restock its work force with field-ready technicians is a genuine concern.
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Councilors to IPL: Eliminate coal in county by 2020

July 14, 2014
Dan Human
Two City-County Council members want Indianapolis Power & Light Co. to stop burning coal in Marion County by 2020 and shift more attention to renewable energy.
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Indiana county planning to start aquaculture park

July 14, 2014
Associated Press
A central Indiana county is working on plans for a 60-acre aquaculture park in hopes of attracting more business connected with fish production.
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Commuting safely on bike can require counterintuitive behavior

July 12, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
The rate of bike commuting in Indianapolis has more than doubled since 2000, but many cyclists still don’t know—or follow—some basic guidelines that can keep them safe.
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Agriculture industry seeks to create right to farm

July 10, 2014
Associated Press
In the nation's agricultural heartland, farming is more than a multibillion-dollar industry that feeds the world. It could be on track to become a right, written into law alongside the freedom of speech and religion.
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Indiana utility proposes 5 solar facilities in 2 states

July 9, 2014
Indiana Michigan Power is proposing the facilities in the Muncie-Marion area in eastern Indiana, around South Bend in northern Indiana and in Michigan.
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Hoosier Environmental Council opposes dam on White River

July 8, 2014
Associated Press
The Hoosier Environmental Council has added its name to the list of environmental groups opposing a proposed seven-mile long reservoir along the White River in central Indiana.
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MISO data breach latest in hackers’ efforts to reach power grid

July 6, 2014
Bloomberg News
Operating cost data from participants in Carmel-based MISO's power network was compromised in a computer breach that highlighted the rising vulnerability of the U.S. electricity infrastructure.
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Plant shutdown date sparks fight between IPL, grid operator

July 3, 2014
Dan Human
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. says it might have to pay as much as $22 million in extra costs because of contract issues with the Midwest Independent System Operator.
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Vectren selling its coal-mining subsidiary for $296M

July 2, 2014
Associated Press
One of Indiana's largest natural-gas utilities is selling its coal-mining subsidiary to a southern Indiana-based coal-mining company, putting more than 800 coal miners' jobs at risk.
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Concerns raised over possible rate hike for electric cars

June 30, 2014
Alec Gray, The Statehouse File
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor and Rep. Cherrish Pryor are both voicing concerns about a potential rate increase proposed by Indianapolis Power & Light that could help fund some of the start-up costs for the BlueIndy electric-car-sharing project.
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  1. How can any company that has the cash and other assets be allowed to simply foreclose and not pay the debt? Simon, pay the debt and sell the property yourself. Don't just stiff the bank with the loan and require them to find a buyer.

  2. If you only knew....

  3. The proposal is structured in such a way that a private company (who has competitors in the marketplace) has struck a deal to get "financing" through utility ratepayers via IPL. Competitors to BlueIndy are at disadvantage now. The story isn't "how green can we be" but how creative "financing" through captive ratepayers benefits a company whose proposal should sink or float in the competitive marketplace without customer funding. If it was a great idea there would be financing available. IBJ needs to be doing a story on the utility ratemaking piece of this (which is pretty complicated) but instead it suggests that folks are whining about paying for being green.

  4. The facts contained in your post make your position so much more credible than those based on sheer emotion. Thanks for enlightening us.

  5. Please consider a couple of economic realities: First, retail is more consolidated now than it was when malls like this were built. There used to be many department stores. Now, in essence, there is one--Macy's. Right off, you've eliminated the need for multiple anchor stores in malls. And in-line retailers have consolidated or folded or have stopped building new stores because so much of their business is now online. The Limited, for example, Next, malls are closing all over the country, even some of the former gems are now derelict.Times change. And finally, as the income level of any particular area declines, so do the retail offerings. Sad, but true.

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