Energy & Environment

Scandal fallout plagues Duke Energy's Edwardsport project

October 30, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Regulatory proceedings involving the coal gasification plant are being delayed while investigations continue over conflicts of interest at the IURC.
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Veolia losing water contract, will get $29M termination fee

October 28, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Playing a limited role under Indianapolis Water's new owner, Citizens Energy, wouldn't be profitable, Veolia says. Citizens plans to make job offers to "substantially all" Veolia employees.
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U.S. attorney to ask for review of IURC ethics dispute

October 26, 2010
Associated Press
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett says he'll ask "the appropriate federal agency" to review an ethics dispute that has embroiled the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and Duke Energy Corp.
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State getting $25M to clean up old GM sites

October 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Indiana will benefit from a $25.2 million environmental trust established to clean up and redevelop eight former General Motors plants throughout the state, officials said Wednesday.
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Court revisits IURC ruling after agency lawyer jumps to utilityRestricted Content

October 16, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A Duke Energy case handled by an Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission lawyer—while he jockeyed for a job with the utility—is headed to the Indiana Court of Appeals.
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Indianapolis wins state "Green Community of the Year" award

October 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Mayor Greg Ballard has unveiled a number of green initiatives, ranging from widespread use of hybrid vehicles to making the City-County Building more energy-efficient.
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IURC to re-examine Duke project amid ethics flap

October 15, 2010
J.K. Wall
The commission is summoning the CEO of North Carolina-based Duke Energy to justify the $2.9 billion Edwardsport plant on the same day the state ethics board filed formal charges against a former IURC attorney hired by Duke.
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Heating bills should be cheaper this winter, utility says

October 13, 2010
Citizens Energy Group projects that the gas bill of its average residential customer will decline about 7 percent over the winter heating season. The utility said a customer who uses the typical amount of natural gas will spend $580, down from $620 last season.
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Duke Energy names interim president amid probe

October 12, 2010
Scott Olson
Decision to replace Indiana CEO Mike Reed, who has been placed on administrative leave, follows a state investigation into an ethics controversy involving Duke that resulted in the dismissal of the chairman of the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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IPL chief Ann Murtlow is 'personable' power

October 9, 2010
Francesca Jarosz
Mutlow_WatchVideoAnn Murtlow's ability to connect with employees and the community has helped her thrive in a male-dominated field. She is one of a only a handful of women in the country to lead utilities.
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Local environmental contractor declares bankruptcy

October 8, 2010
Indianapolis-based ESI Environmental Inc. filed for Chapter 7 liquidation in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. The firm was the area's second-largest environmental contractor based on revenue, according to the most recent IBJ statistics.
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Customer-service jobs likely casualty in utility merger

October 4, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Consultant finds 23 or so customer-service jobs may be unneeded after Citizens Energy acquires city water and sewer utilities. Administrative jobs may also be on bubble, though most savings are from capital-related expenses.
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Feds charge 3rd man with Clean Water violations

September 30, 2010
Associated Press
Joseph Biggio, who was executive vice president of operations at Ecological Systems Inc. from 2001 through 2007, was charged Thursday with two counts of violating the Clean Water Act and one count of making false statements.
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Federal courthouse in Indianapolis slated for green roofRestricted Content

September 25, 2010
Scott Olson
Plants atop the Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse are expected to cut costs in long run.
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Consumer groups call for Duke to cancel Edwardsport project

September 25, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A proposed settlement between the utility and industrial customers would temporarily cap the cost of the plant, which is $1 billion more than initial estimates.
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TechPoint broadens agenda for annual technology summit

September 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
This year’s event will look at trends in so-called clean technologies.
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Indiana corn coming in sooner, faster, better in 2010

September 21, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana Agricultural Statistics Service says farmers harvested 27 percent of their corn by Sunday, compared with none by this time last year and an average of 6 percent over the past five years.
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IPL identifies locations for electric car charging stationsRestricted Content

September 18, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The utility plans an aggressive rollout of charging stations with the imminent arrival of electric cars, such as the Nissan Leaf, due in showrooms this December.
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New outlook for a decrepit city neighborhood

September 11, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Just a few minutes northeast of vibrant Monument Circle lurks the most notorious graveyard of Indianapolis’ industrial heyday—at least 70 of the city’s 500 brownfields. Now planners and developers aspire to revitalize the most contaminated neighborhood in Indianapolis into a success story.
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Indianapolis' 'walkability' touted to convention plannersRestricted Content

September 11, 2010
Scott Olson
Compact downtown is big selling point for sustainable-minded planners.
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Beck's Superior Hybrids plans $24.5M expansion

September 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
A Hamilton County seed company has plans to expand its facilities, creating as many as 72 jobs over the next five years, state economic development officials said Friday morning.
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Local developer planning Indiana wind farm

September 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Carmel-based Performance Services Inc. plans a 25-turbine wind farm in a rural area north of Lafayette, across about 2,500 acres in northern Tippecanoe County.
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Indiana panel's proposal would expand net metering

September 7, 2010
Associated Press
The draft net metering rule would boost the state's power cap for renewable power units and expand it to all customer classes served by electric utilities.
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Traffic-signal maker flashing red over Indianapolis contractRestricted Content

September 4, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Domestic vendor who thought "buy American" provision would help it win contract loses out to Taiwanese supplier.
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State makes it easier to renew asbestos-removal license

September 2, 2010
Associated Press
Indiana currently licenses about 2,500 asbestos-removal professionals each year.
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