Energy & Environment

Environmental group to focus legislative efforts on energy savings, transitRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Led by Jesse Kharbanda, the Hoosier Environmental Council is keeping its agenda lean to boost chances for success in short session.
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Hoosier Environmental Council joins forces with upstate advocacy groupRestricted Content

December 10, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Valparaiso-based Legal Environmental Aid Foundation will help HEC extend its reach.
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Downtown getting blast-resistant manhole covers

December 9, 2011
Associated Press
Utility crews are installing about 100 new manhole covers in downtown Indianapolis that are designed to reduce the extent of damage from underground explosions and fires.
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Bad weather for some Indiana crops helped vineyards

December 6, 2011
Associated Press
Purdue University wine experts say lousy growing conditions this year for some Indiana crops proved ideal for the state's vineyards.
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Land gift preserves 40 acres in Indianapolis suburbs

December 5, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The donation to the Central Indiana Land Trust comes from farmer Van Eller, who lived most of his life on the land now surrounded by Fishers and Carmel subdivisions before he died last year at age 89.
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Two Indiana environmental groups merging

December 4, 2011
Associated Press
The Hoosier Environmental Council and the Valparaiso-based Legal Environmental Aid Foundation say they're merging in hopes of advancing environmental issues in Indiana.
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Investors in Midwest Energy Partners await gusherRestricted Content

December 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The company raised $4.6 million to drill for oil in southwestern Indiana and southern Illinois.
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Ford sees EV potential in Indianapolis

November 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Ford touts new models of electric and hybrid vehicles in seminar co-sponsored by the Greater Indiana Clean Cities Coalition, which promotes alternative fuels.
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Plans delayed for wind farm near Purdue University

November 29, 2011
Associated Press
An Indianapolis developer says it is still trying to arrange financing to build wind turbines on farmland owned by Purdue University and nearby privately owned property in West Lafayette.
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Regulators approve deal on $2.65B gasification plant

November 22, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana regulators have approved plans for a $2.65 billion coal gasification plant at the Ohio River city of Rockport and a state agency's 30-year contract to buy its synthetic natural gas.
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Citizens to convert downtown steam plant from coal to gas

November 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Citizens Energy Group plans to switch the primary power source for its Perry K Steam Plant in downtown Indianapolis from coal to natural gas, the utility announced Wednesday. The conversion will cost about $9 million.
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SEC filing: Ex-IPL chief Murtlow qualified for large payoutRestricted Content

November 12, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Power & Light chief Ann Murtlow left the utility this spring under terms of a separation agreement that would have entitled her to at least $404,410, according to documents the utility filed Nov. 3 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Cost of Thanksgiving meal jumps 13 percent on food inflation

November 10, 2011
Bloomberg News
The cost of a Thanksgiving dinner in the U.S. will jump 13 percent this year, the biggest gain in two decades, as prices rose for everything from turkey to green peas to milk, the American Farm Bureau Federation said.
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Farm-profit volatility boosting risk for lenders, economist says

November 9, 2011
Bloomberg News
U.S. farmers face increased financial risk because of higher operating costs and volatile commodity prices, even as income this year reaches a record, said Michael Boehlje, an economist at Purdue University.
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Indiana littered with 2,100 leaking underground tanks

November 7, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management is tracking about 2,100 sites with leaking tanks, many of which contain gasoline and diesel fuel that can damage soil and contaminate groundwater.
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Congress moves to create new farm subsidy

November 7, 2011
Associated Press
Farm-state lawmakers are moving to create a whole new subsidy that would protect farmers when their revenue drops — an unprecedented program that critics say could pay billions of dollars to farmers now enjoying record-high crop prices.
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Indiana plant a drag on Duke Energy earnings

November 3, 2011
Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp.'s third-quarter earnings tumbled 30 percent, the company said Thursday, with energy consumption falling at the same time that costs rose unexpectedly for a new plant in Indiana.
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Ener1 becomes latest energy aid recipient in trouble

October 31, 2011
Bloomberg News
Electric-car battery maker Ener1 Inc., whose shares were delisted from the NASDAQ stock market Oct. 28, is the latest recipient of U.S. Energy Department aid to run into financial trouble and draw congressional scrutiny.
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Speedway hosts meetings about potential for electric car racing seriesRestricted Content

October 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The three-day conference looked at such things as design plans and technical infrastructure for electric racing vehicles, and preliminary business plans for such a series.
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Indiana environmentalists wary of oil pipeline plan

October 25, 2011
Associated Press
The oil industry says a new oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast might create jobs for Indiana residents if the Obama administration approves its construction.
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Zeroing in on net-zero energy in IndianapolisRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Marc D. Allan
The Holy Grail of energy efficiency has yet to arrive, but pieces are falling into place.
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Indianapolis neighborhood striving for LEED statusRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Scott Olson
Designation to east-side project would go beyond building certification.
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Ethics scandal costs Duke Energy in two rulings

October 19, 2011
Chris O'Malley
A 2010 ethics scandal involving the former chief legal counsel for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has come back to bite the state's biggest electric utility.
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EnerDel parent facing shareholder legal battle

October 18, 2011
 IBJ Staff
At least three lawsuits accuse Ener1, the parent of Indianapolis-based advanced-battery maker EnerDel, of misleading investors about its financial condition.
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Solar flop puts energy funding in limboRestricted Content

October 15, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Companies promising thousands of green jobs in Indiana are playing a high-stakes waiting game as federal officials consider the fate of at least $600 million in loan guarantees.
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  1. From the story: "The city of Indianapolis also will consider tax incentives and funding for infrastructure required for the project, according to IEDC." Why would the City need to consider additional tax incentives when Lowe's has already bought the land and reached an agreement with IEDC to bring the jobs? What that tells me is that the City has already pledged the incentives, unofficially, and they just haven't had time to push it through the MDC yet. Either way, subsidizing $10/hour jobs is going to do nothing toward furthering the Mayor's stated goal of attracting middle and upper-middle class residents to Marion County.

  2. Ron Spencer and the entire staff of Theater on the Square embraced IndyFringe when it came to Mass Ave in 2005. TOTS was not only a venue but Ron and his friends created, presented and appeared in shows which embraced the 'spirit of the fringe'. He's weathered all the storms and kept smiling ... bon voyage and thank you.

  3. Not sure how many sushi restaurants are enough, but there are three that I know of in various parts of downtown proper and all are pretty good.

  4. First off, it's "moron," not "moran." 2nd, YOU don't get to vote on someone else's rights and freedoms that are guaranteed by the US Constitution. That's why this is not a state's rights issue...putting something like this to vote by, well, people like you who are quite clearly intellectually challenged isn't necessary since the 14th amendment has already decided the issue. Which is why Indiana's effort is a wasted one and a waste of money...and will be overturned just like this has in every other state.

  5. Rick, how does granting theright to marry to people choosing to marry same-sex partners harm the lives of those who choose not to? I cannot for the life of me see any harm to people who choose not to marry someone of the same sex. We understand your choice to take the parts of the bible literally in your life. That is fine but why force your religious beliefs on others? I'm hoping the judges do the right thing and declare the ban unconstitutional so all citizens of Wisconsin and Indiana have the same marriage rights and that those who chose someone of the same sex do not have less rights than others.

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