Energy & Environment

Abound Solar halts production, cuts 180 jobs

February 28, 2012
Associated Press
A Colorado-based solar module maker that hoped to create up to 1,200 jobs in Indiana by next year said Tuesday that it was laying off about 180 workers in Colorado as the company focuses on a more efficient product.
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Citizens Energy projects greater, faster savings from deal

February 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Citizens Energy Group says savings from combining the city’s water and sewer utilities will be 13 percent higher than expected and come two years sooner than previously predicted.
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Airport spending millions to protect rare batsRestricted Content

February 25, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The Indianapolis Airport Authority board has approved a $504,872, two-year contract with Indiana State University to study the federally endangered Myotis sodalis, which brings to $2.5 million what the airport has paid ISU since 2004 to track and observe the minuscule mammals.
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CityWay designed to integrate retail, housing, hotel, YMCARestricted Content

February 25, 2012
Marc D. Allan
Architects were told to push the envelope and integrate. Be mindful of where you are in the city and integrate well.
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Ball State begins final phase of ambitious geothermal projectRestricted Content

February 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Eventually, the system will heat and cool 5.5 million square feet of buildings and save $2 million a year in operating costs.
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IDEM: I-69 construction affecting streamsRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The Indiana Department of Transportation and a contractor on the Interstate 69 project downstate have been cited for more than a dozen deficiencies in preventing erosion and the flow of sediment into streams.
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Columbus manufacturer to begin solar panel productionRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Nusun Solar says an endorsement by Underwriter's Laboratories should lead to mass production of its commercial and residential panels.
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Abandoned gas stations both vex, brim with promiseRestricted Content

February 18, 2012
Sam Stall
The trick is to determine in advance just how expensive and lengthy that cleanup might be.
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Warmer-than-usual winter could ruin state's fruit crops

February 17, 2012
Associated Press
Early warm temperatures could be bad news for the state's profitable blueberry and apple crops, which bring in more than $13 million each year. It could also hurt Indiana's growing wine-grape industry.
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Electric-grid facility in Carmel suffers $11M in damages

February 16, 2012
Scott Olson
In a filing earlier this month, the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Inc. told federal regulators that a mechanical failure in September contaminated the data center.
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Utility exec: Coal-gas plant's 'time has passed'

February 14, 2012
Associated Press
A utility executive told a legislative committee Tuesday that a drop in natural gas prices as a result of the nation's shale-gas boom have made a proposed southern Indiana coal-gasification plant a project "whose time has passed."
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Speedway buying Greenfield-based Gas America

February 11, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Gas America, a family-owned chain founded nearly a century ago, has 88 locations, nearly all of which will be converted to the Speedway brand.
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State Fair Commission breaks ground on 'Glass Barn'Restricted Content

February 11, 2012
 IBJ Staff
The $2.9 million building on the 250-acre fairgrounds campus will feature interactive exhibits focusing on new technologies used on modern farms.
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Farmers plan biggest crops since 1984, led by corn

February 7, 2012
Bloomberg News
U.S. farmers will plant the most acres in a generation this year, led by the biggest corn crop since World War II, taking advantage of the highest agricultural prices in at least four decades.
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Speedway oil re-refinery begins productionRestricted Content

February 4, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Illinois-based Heritage-Crystal Clean says its refinery here is the second largest in the U.S.
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Indiana moving slowly on lake phosphorus rules

January 29, 2012
Associated Press
A state effort to address phosphorous pollution that has fouled Indiana's waterways is moving forward slowly, but environmental groups' hopes for help from lawmakers is likely to be dashed this year.
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Bill could put squeeze on recycling programs statewideRestricted Content

January 28, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Waste management districts would need county OK to levy property taxes to fund their programs.
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State power rates could increase 14 percent under new rules

January 26, 2012
Associated Press
An analysis prepared for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission predicts new federal clean air regulations will raise electricity rates in the state by about 14 percent by 2020 because of necessary upgrades to coal-fired power plants.
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Indiana deals ranged upward of $800 millionRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Mergers and acquisitions in 2011 ranged from WellPoint's acquisition of CareMore to a trucking company merger.
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Indianapolis-area mergers and acquisitions in 2011Restricted Content

January 21, 2012
A number of acquisitions last year disclosed no sale price. In the Indianapolis area, those deals ranged from MacAllister Machinery's purchase of a Caterpillar dealership in Michigan to Herff Jones' acquisition of a Memphis, Tenn.-headquartered maker of cheerleading uniforms.
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Hoosier Environmental Council monitoring three bills in General AssemblyRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
Chris O'Malley
The state’s largest green group is seeking changes to measures it says could strip funding and oversight for environmental protection.
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Poet LLC putting plan for ethanol pipeline on hold

January 20, 2012
Associated Press
The nation's largest ethanol company announced Friday that it is putting on hold its plan to build a dedicated 1,800-mile ethanol pipeline because of the lack of prospects for a federal loan guarantee.
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Price of Indiana farmland at a premiumRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Sam Stall
A once-in-a-generation combination of strong grain prices, high farm incomes and unprecedented interest in commodities investments has caused prices for agricultural acreage to skyrocket.
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ProLiance might go on blockRestricted Content

January 14, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis-based ProLiance, a natural-gas marketer and supplier, was singed by a $57.2 million pretax loss in the first nine months of 2011, causing some analysts to wonder if majority owner Vectren Corp. will try to sell its 61-percent stake in the company.
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Bill seeks elected utility consumer counselor

January 9, 2012
 IBJ Staff
A legislator is proposing that Indiana’s utility consumer counselor be elected rather than appointed by the governor.
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