Energy & Environment

Vectren's plan to close field offices fuels complaint

June 7, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Unions and public safety officials allege the utility's move to home-based crews could delay responses to emergencies and reduce safety.
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Electric vehicles gain traction in regionRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis has one of the highest concentrations of plug-in electric vehicle drivers in the nation, an industry official says.
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Massive recycling plant in Indianapolis pays off for Republic ServicesRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Scott Olson
A $4M machine sorts newspaper, glass, plastic quickly from as far away as Evansville.
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Massive wind farm planned north of Indianapolis

May 31, 2011
 IBJ Staff
A Chicago-based wind-farm developer is planning a $175 million farm about 45 miles north of Indianapolis that will span parts of Madison, Tipton, Grant and Howard counties.
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Nestle Waters CEO favors industry recycling programsRestricted Content

May 14, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The head of the continent’s largest producer of bottled water told Indiana recycling advocates his industry should take more responsibility in the reuse of plastic bottles.
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Documentary touts sustainable building practices in Indy

May 14, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The hour-long film, dubbed “Green Building in Indianapolis: Creating a Sustainable Future,” was released on You Tube last month.
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IPL exec promoted to CEO

May 11, 2011
 IBJ Staff
After about a month as interim CEO, Indianapolis Power & Light Co. executive Ken Zagzebski has won the job for good.
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City seeks bids for $300M sewage tunnel system

May 9, 2011
Cory Schouten
City officials are seeking bidders for the first phase of Indianapolis' largest-ever public works project, an underground tunnel system equipped to store millions of gallons of raw sewage and prevent the excrement from flowing into local waterways.
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Duke Energy quarterly profit rises almost 15 percent

May 3, 2011
Associated Press
Duke Energy Corp.'s first-quarter earnings rose almost 15 percent on strong results from its international operations and lower corporate costs.
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Watchdog: State agency heads colluded on gas deal

May 2, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Former Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission chief David Hardy and the state's then-finance director, Jennifer Alvey, improperly discussed the merits of a $6.9 billion contract the Indiana Finance Authority ultimately struck with operators of the Indiana Gasification plant proposed for Rockport, plant opponents alleged Monday.
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Controversial utility bill heads to governor

May 2, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Opponents say the legislation shifts clean-energy risks to ratepayers and protects utility shareholders. Utilities say they need the legislation to help them comply with federal pollution mandates.
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Obama reschedules Indianapolis visit for Friday

May 1, 2011
Associated Press
President Barack Obama plans to make his postponed visit to an Indianapolis auto parts manufacturer on Friday and will use the occasion to talk about plans for dealing with rising gas prices.
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Porous concrete gets big testRestricted Content

April 30, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The new sidewalk and curb material is easing strain on storm sewers on Ohio Street.
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Citizens Energy Group pipelines pass internal review mandated by feds

April 30, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Citizens has more than 120 miles of transmission pipe and hundreds of miles of gas service lines.
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Think hopes to boost sales through Indiana rebate

April 27, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Electric car maker Think hopes to kick-start sluggish sales through a rebate program available only to Indiana residents.
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Settlement caps Citizens Energy customers' deal feesRestricted Content

April 23, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Ratepayers would pay no more than $14 million to cover charges associated with Citizens' purchase of Indianapolis water and sewer utilities. Some say the capped amount is too much.
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AES buying DPL in $3.5 billion utility deal

April 20, 2011
Associated Press
AES, which owns Indianapolis Power & Light, is just the latest energy company attempting to bulk up with rising costs from new environmental regulations on the horizon.
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Indiana lawmakers push voluntary renewable standards

April 17, 2011
Associated Press
Senate Bill 251, which passed the Indiana House Utilities and Energy committee Friday, calls for a voluntary goal of producing 10 percent of the state's electricity from renewable energy resources by 2025.
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Indianapolis Power & Light announces environmental grants

April 16, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Projects involving youth received the biggest chunk of money this year from the Golden Eagle Environmental Grants program.
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New EPA rules could trigger Indiana emission testing

April 15, 2011
Associated Press
Drivers across Indiana could be required to have their vehicles undergo emissions testing if new federal Environmental Protection Agency rules set for release this summer are strict enough, a state environmental official said.
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Citizens Energy agrees to document utility savings

April 13, 2011
Associated Press
A not-for-profit public trust that wants to buy Indianapolis' water and sewer utilities has agreed to document all of the savings it says the $1.9 billion deal would create. State regulators still must approve the transaction.
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Q&A

April 11, 2011
J.K. Wall
Dan Ferber is a freelance magazine writer in Indianapolis who writes about science, health and the environment for such publications as Science, Popular Science, New Scientist, Audubon, and Women's Health. He co-authored a new book with Harvard Medical School's Dr. Paul Epstein titled "Changing Planet, Changing Health: How the Climate Crisis Threatens Our Health and What We Can Do about It." It was published this month.
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Judge gives probation to three men for water violations

April 5, 2011
Associated Press
U.S. District Judge Sarah Evans Barker sentenced 61-year-old Michael R. Milem of Carmel, 44-year-old Mark R. Snow of Brazil and Joseph T. Biggio, 51, of Illinois after accepting their guilty pleas for violating the Federal Clean Water Act.
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Purdue receives $32 million Afghanistan farm grant

April 4, 2011
Associated Press
A grant of $31.9 million awarded to Purdue University may translate into a more sustainable agricultural sector for Afghanistan, according to U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar.
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HOLT: New York threatens to ballast Indiana exports

April 2, 2011
David Holt
Regulations aimed at stopping invasive species are too stiff.
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