Energy & Environment

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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Gas distributors oppose $2.7B Rockport gasification plantRestricted Content

April 2, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Six gas-distribution companies have urged regulators to reject a state plan that would force residential natural-gas customers to effectively subsidize a $2.7 billion coal gasification project proposed for Rockport.
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Organic-food delivery service growing its operations

April 1, 2011
Sean Morrison
Indianapolis-based Green B.E.A.N. Delivery planted a seed here four years ago, and now the organic food-shipping service is cultivating its own 60-acre farm in Sheridan.
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Sluggish demand for electric car forces layoffs at Ener1

March 25, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Battery maker Ener1 has laid off about 3 percent of its 770 employees worldwide, partly because of lower-than-expected demand from the Think electric car being assembled in Elkhart. It had about 380 workers in central Indiana.
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IPL chief Murtlow leaving electric utility April 1

March 21, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. CEO Ann D. Murtlow will leave her position April 1, the electric utility announced Monday afternoon.
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Banks OK with 'clean energy financing districts'Restricted Content

March 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Industry feared original bill would have put mortgage lenders at added risk.
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Feds call Indianapolis Power & Light coal-ash ponds 'high hazard'Restricted Content

March 12, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The Environmental Protection Agency and the local utility are at odds over the condition of the ponds and the extent of remediation that is necessary.
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Renewable energy 'coordinator' eyes GM plant

March 8, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
D'Arcinoff Group, which calls itself a manufacturing coordinator, has its eye on the soon-to-close General Motors stamping plant west of downtown Indianapolis.
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Ride along on a bike commute from Carmel to downtown Indy

March 5, 2011
Gabrielle Poshadlo
Biking
                           Watch VideoIBJ reporter Gabrielle Poshadlo follows Don Jarrels on his daily jaunt downtown. Bonus video: A look inside Eli Lilly and Co.'s bike-to-work program.
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Indiana experts weigh in on environmental issuesRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
A panel discussion includes topics ranging from green power initiatives and hybrid cars to landfill policies and environmental regulations.
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Parks Foundation plans east-side farm for Gleaners

March 3, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
The Indianapolis Parks Foundation plans to use a $150,000 grant from Indiana University Health to start an organic farm on the east side of the city benefiting Gleaners Food Bank.
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Rising pump prices rattle drivers, businesses

February 28, 2011
Associated Press
High fuel prices are forcing tough choices on small-business owners who are loathe to charge more for fear of losing cost-conscious customers.
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TechPoint adds two categories to Mira Awards

February 26, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The group plans to honor young professionals and clean technology/energy innovation endeavors.
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Indy-based cooperative strikes oil at Terre Haute well

February 25, 2011
Associated Press
Indianapolis-based oil cooperative says it has made a "significant" oil find at a well site in western Indiana on property owned by the Hulman family.
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UPDATE: Lilly settles pollution suit for $337,500

February 24, 2011
Scott Olson
A complaint filed Wednesday by the U.S. government says Lilly's plant on South Harding Street is emitting high levels of acetonitrile and methanol, considered hazardous air pollutants by the EPA.
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Regulators plan more hearings on Duke plant costs

February 21, 2011
Associated Press
Indiana utility regulators will hold two additional field hearings to take public comment on Duke Energy's request to pass along to ratepayers the $2.9 billion cost of a coal-gasification plant being built near Edwardsport in southwestern Indiana.
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Growth in farmers' markets continues into winter months

February 19, 2011
Sean Morrison
The U.S. Department of Agriculture says there are about 900 winter farmers’ markets in operation—a 17-percent increase over the past two years. Two thrive locally, one downtown and one in Zionsville.
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Degree in clean energy to be offered at IUPUI

February 19, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The bachelor’s in energy engineering and technology is believed to be one of only a handful of such programs offered around the country.
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Bills seek utility rate flexibility to comply with EPA mandatesRestricted Content

February 19, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indiana’s utilities have energetically sought legislation this session that would allow them to quickly charge ratepayers for the cost of new federal mandates to reduce pollution.
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Hancock County utilities take on new name

February 12, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The merged Hancock Telecom and Central Indiana Power have become NineStar Connect.
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Indiana Senate panel advances nuclear incentive bill

February 10, 2011
Associated Press
A bill that would allow Indiana's utilities to quickly pass onto their customers some of the costs of planning nuclear power plants is advancing in the General Assembly.
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  1. A Tilted Kilt at a water park themed hotel? Who planned that one? I guess the Dad's need something to do while the kids are on the water slides.

  2. Don't come down on the fair for offering drinks. This is a craft and certainly one that belongs in agriculture due to ingredients. And for those worrying about how much you can drink. I'm sure it's more to do with liability than anything else. They don't want people suing for being over served. If you want a buzz, do a little pre-drinking before you go.

  3. I don't drink but go into this "controlled area" so my friend can drink. They have their 3 drink limit and then I give my friend my 3 drink limit. How is the fair going to control this very likely situation????

  4. I feel the conditions of the alcohol sales are a bit heavy handed, but you need to realize this is the first year in quite some time that beer & wine will be sold at the fair. They're starting off slowly to get a gauge on how it will perform this year - I would assume if everything goes fine that they relax some of the limits in the next year or couple of years. That said, I think requiring the consumption of alcohol to only occur in the beer tent is a bit much. That is going to be an awkward situation for those with minors - "Honey, I'm getting a beer... Ok, sure go ahead... Alright see you in just a min- half an hour."

  5. This might be an effort on the part of the State Fair Board to manage the risk until they get a better feel for it. However, the blanket notion that alcohol should not be served at "family oriented" events is perhaps an oversimplification. and not too realistic. For 15 years, I was a volunteer at the Indianapolis Air Show, which was as family oriented an event as it gets. We sold beer donated by Monarch Beverage Company and served by licensed and trained employees of United Package Liquors who were unpaid volunteers. And where did that money go? To central Indiana children's charities, including Riley Hospital for Children! It's all about managing the risk.

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