Energy & Environment

Citizens Energy gets interest-rate bargain on bonds sold for utility purchaseRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Stock-market swoon contributes to favorable terms on purchase of city's water, sewer systems.
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Ball State geothermal plant powers economic engineRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Andrew Smith
Ball State University leaders hope the school's $87 million geothermal plant paves the way for others like it—as an economic-development opportunity as much as an environmental effort.
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GM site ripe for manufacturing or a judicial centerRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Chris Barnett / Special to IBJ
The Urban Land Institute panel’s plan for the General Motors plant site ignores some realities in favor of presenting a relatively predictable New Urbanism redevelopment plan.
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Indianapolis, Beech Grove settle utility billing feud

August 26, 2011
Indianapolis and Beech Grove wrapped up their decade-old dispute prior to the city's official transfer of its water and wastewater utilities to Citizens Energy Group.
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City plans to install solar panels at public works buildings

August 25, 2011
Francesca Jarosz
The city has put out a request seeking companies or teams of firms qualified to install solar photovoltaic systems at three of its public works buildings and garages.
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EnerDel parent expresses major cash-flow concerns

August 18, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Auditors are reviewing whether Ener1 Inc., which has hundreds of workers in the Indianapolis area, has enough cash to continue operations.
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Wet spring, dry summer dent Indiana corn, soybeans

August 11, 2011
Associated Press
Experts say Indiana farmers won't produce as much corn and soybeans as they had hoped for a second straight year.
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Cummins OK with new federal fuel standards for trucks

August 9, 2011
U.S. truck makers are expected to improve tractor-trailer fuel economy by about 20 percent by 2018, saving $50 billion in fuel costs over five years and decreasing carbon-dioxide emissions, President Barack Obama said.
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Utility locator U.S. Infrastructure Corp. buys Nebraska companyRestricted Content

August 6, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Company that recently moved from Carmel to Indianapolis extends its market to 29 states.
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Indiana State Fair to promote soybean industry

August 3, 2011
Associated Press
The Indiana State Fair will celebrate the versatility of the soybean and its $2.5 billion impact on the state during its 17-day run beginning Friday.
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Proposed wind farm seeking approval in Tipton

August 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
An energy company that wants to build a massive wind farm in central Indiana has taken another step toward that goal.
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Duke turns second-quarter profit on higher revenue

August 2, 2011
Bloomberg News
Duke Energy Corp., which is buying Progress Energy Inc. to become the largest U.S. utility owner, on Tuesday reported a second-quarter profit after a year-ago loss.
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Environmental groups sue to block I-69 construction

August 2, 2011
Associated Press
Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads and the I-69 Accountability Project said the road expansion would violate federal environmental laws.
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Chinese firm aims to hire thousands at Indiana facilityRestricted Content

July 30, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
A Chinese entrepreneur intends to open his first U.S. tire-recycling facility in Indiana. Good Time Technology Development is considering vacant industrial sites in Connersville, Kokomo and Muncie.
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Duke ignored water issue at Indiana plant, consultant says

July 29, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Utility officials waited seven months to act on hazardous water concerns during construction of its costly Edwardsport plant and banked on winning an exemption, which the EPA later denied.
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Dry streak becoming worrisome for Indiana farmers

July 29, 2011
Associated Press
Central Indiana is on pace for perhaps its driest July on record, with the state's eastern half already in low-level drought conditions.
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Police, health department busted by state environmental cops

July 29, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management says an inspection of the State of Indiana Forensic and Health Sciences Lab found open jugs of hazardous materials during an inspection.
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Conservancy installs turbines at eco-friendly HQ

July 26, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Wind turbines, a rare sight downtown, have finally been added to The Nature Conservancy's high-profile building on Ohio Street.
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States cut programs to help poor cool their homes

July 21, 2011
Associated Press
Many states hit hardest by this week's searing heat wave have drastically cut or entirely eliminated programs that help poor people pay their electric bills, forcing thousands to go without air conditioning when they need it most.
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Golf course manager suing DuPont over herbicide

July 19, 2011
Scott Olson
R.N. Thompson, which operates several local courses, claims the company's Imprelis herbicide caused "catastrophic tree loss." R.N. Thompson has joined a Pennsylvania resident in filing the class-action suit.
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Carrier counts on new environmental regulations to drive salesRestricted Content

July 16, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Carrier Corp.’s plan to invest $36.5 million in its Indianapolis plant hinges in part on how well consumers take to a new platform of high-efficiency furnaces.
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Consumer group accuses Duke of 'gross mismanagement'

July 15, 2011
Chris O'Malley
"Gross mismanagement" and improper communications with ex-regulatory chairman are among evidence in testimony to make Duke, rather than ratepayers, swallow major cost overruns at Edwardsport power plant.
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Japanese industrialists tapped for Energy Systems Network boardRestricted Content

July 9, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The president and CEO of Toshiba Corp. is among those joining the board of the Indianapolis-based clean tech/energy initiative.
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Agency: Duke customers shouldn't pay $530M in overruns

July 8, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor has filed a blistering rebuke of Duke Energy Corp. for the high cost of its Edwardsport coal-gasification plant and has asked regulators to deny Duke’s request to charge ratepayers $530 million for cost overruns.
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Larger-than-expected corn crop could slow food inflation

July 1, 2011
Associated Press
U.S. food prices may ease later this year now that farmers have planted the second-largest corn crop in nearly seven decades.
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