Energy & Environment

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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LEADING QUESTIONS: IPL chief takes charge

September 1, 2010
Mason King
Mutlow watch videoAnn Murtlow describes taking control of the troubled utility and how she handles the demands of serving on a dozen different boards.
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New enforcement rules worry environmental activists

August 28, 2010
Associated Press
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management's top attorney asked agency staff to change how they cite companies for violating the state's water pollution law.
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KHARBANDA: Indiana can lead in shaping energy policy

August 28, 2010
Jesse Kharbanda
The United States has shown little leadership in finding solutions to global climate change.
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Indianapolis-based Xylogenics licenses yeast strain to ethanol producer

August 28, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Xylogenics claims its yeast strain, developed at the Indiana University School of Medicine, can increase yields and lower costs of producing corn ethanol.
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Urban farming key to this 'Taste of Indiana'

August 27, 2010
Scott Olson
First-of-its-kind event in Indianapolis showcases what's known as the slow food movement, which promotes the benefits of producing plants, seeds and livestock for local consumption.
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Remy rides home new contract from electric motorcycle maker

August 25, 2010
 IBJ Staff
MotoCzysz sees the Remy motor as part of an electric motorcycle-based drive system—tailored to automobiles. The companies collaborated on the winning electric bike at Isle of Man race.
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Oil, gas investment firm targets downstate potential

August 24, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Midwest Energy Partners will back two oil/gas producers. New technologies could stoke investor returns from wells in Illinois Basin, where production peaked decades ago.
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Smooth utility deal carries potential bonus for cityRestricted Content

August 21, 2010
Chris O'Malley
If Citizens Energy can successfully manage and mitigate over the next two years the city's lingering legal and contractual obligations involving the water and sewer utilities Citizens is negotiating to buy, the city can hang onto an extra $25 million in the deal.
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City lands $13.8M more than expected from water deal

August 19, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The city's AAA bond rating boosts proceeds to $153.8 million. It originally expected $140 million for street, bridge and sidewalk projects.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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