Energy & Environment

Study: Indiana shows long-term decrease in air toxicsRestricted Content

May 8, 2010
Chris O'Malley
IDEM says in its newly released “ToxWatch” report that the level of air toxics over the last decade has “decreased to within levels acceptable to the U.S. EPA.
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Indiana has millions to pass out for renewable energy projects

May 8, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The federal money is for renewable energy systems, energy-efficiency improvements, energy audits and renewable-energy feasibility studies.
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U.S. farmers planting corn at record pace

April 26, 2010
Bloomberg News
U.S. corn farmers may have planted more acres last week than in any week ever as dry weather and more-productive equipment sped up fieldwork.
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Rising prices could help pork producers bounce backRestricted Content

April 24, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
The prices hogs are fetching this year will help farmers begin to climb out of the crater of 2008 and 2009. Average pork prices may approach record levels this year, Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt predicted, up to $53.63 per hundred pounds. The record is $55.44 per hundred pounds, set in 1982.
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Waterworks board wants outside review of mayor's utility plan

April 23, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The waterworks board's plan to hire outside consultants to study the proposed sale of Indianapolis Water could delay the deal.
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IDEM chief choking on EPA's new ozone proposal

April 22, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Cost of proposed EPA ozone limit would far outweigh any potential health benefits, Indiana Department of Environmental Management commissioner says.
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Indianapolis gets $10 million for clean energy

April 21, 2010
Associated Press
The grant announced Wednesday is part of $452 million in stimulus funding nationwide for projects meant to make buildings more energy efficient.
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City-County Building 'greening' project to cost $8 million

April 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
City expects environmentally friendly overhaul of downtown headquarters to provide net savings of $250,000 per year.
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City flush with energy-saving ideas for building

April 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
City-County Building energy-efficiency upgrades are set to be unveiled Tuesday afternoon. The nearly 50-year old landmark is the centerpiece of the city's greener-building initiative.
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Carbon storage presents prickly trade-offsRestricted Content

April 17, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Not only are utilities grappling with how to pull carbon from their coal-fired emissions, but they also crave certainty about where to put the carbon. With minimal information available about Indiana's deep subsurface , much remains to be done to determine where and at what scale the practice could be deployed here.
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Utilities face conundrum with carbon dioxide emissionsRestricted Content

April 17, 2010
Chris O'Malley
So-called carbon capture and sequestration, or CCS, is seen by some in the utility business as a potential salvation for coal. But utilities may face a damned-if-you-do, damned-if-you don't scenario.
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Franklin College students turn fry grease into fuel

April 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Franklin College freshmen Jimmy Qualters and Drew Royalty took the idea to the college’s “Green Team” and sought out the used fryer oil in the college cafeteria.
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Expansion set for Camp Atterbury training site

April 15, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The proposed plan will expand the Indiana National Guard's Camp Atterbury, bring economic development to south-central Indiana, and open a new fish and wildlife area in Putnam County in western Indiana.
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Ivy Tech gets $4.7M energy grant to retrain 1,500 workers

April 12, 2010
J.K. Wall
Federal money will help create programs at community college and Purdue University to offer skills in smart-grid technologies.
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City approval of Citizens Energy deal could come in May

April 10, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Citizens Energy should have completed the majority of its due diligence of the city’s water and sewer utilities, which it plans to acquire, by the end of this month.
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Ballard mimics Major Moves infrastructure-improvement plan

April 3, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
So far, in discussing his plan to sell the city's water and sewer utilities, Mayor Greg Ballard has emphasized the impact on utility rates, the $1.5 billion in city debt Citizens would assume, and the chance to improve streets and sidewalks. But Ballard also has another key objective: business attraction and expansion.
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City utility deal treads in murky watersRestricted Content

April 3, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A $1.9 billion proposal to sell the city’s water and sewer utilities splashed into public view last month, but some financial details settling at the bottom line could make the deal harder to swallow.
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Engeledow Group acquires estate landscaper

March 29, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Engledow Group, one of the Indianapolis area's largest landscape companies, has acquired Litchfield Landscape Co. to bolster its estates division.
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Department of Waterworks chief to address canal concerns

March 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Matthew Klein has agreed to serve on a panel discussion concerning the canal: “Indy’s Central Canal—public resource or private pipeline?” during the Indiana University Law Environmental Symposium, April 1 at IUPUI’s Inlow Hall.
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Net metering bill short-circuited in legislature

March 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Bill would have allowed businesses, universities and other organizations generating their own power to receive a retail credit on their utility bills.
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Citizens says buying water, sewer systems won't harm bond ratingRestricted Content

March 13, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Citizens Energy Group's plan to buy the city's water and sewer systems will require the utility to raise $262 million in new bond debt and inherit $1.5 billion in debt. Yet Citizens executives maintain the financial load should not impair the bond ratings of its principal utilities, Citizens Gas and Citizens Thermal.
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PANEL: Progress is being made on environmental issues in state

March 6, 2010
New Watch Video iconExperts say Indianapolis is moving forward on recycling, that environmental research is discovering promising technologies, and that manufacturers are finding new things to make. Local cognoscenti from the green community testify to these developments in five included videos.
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Consumer group touts financial benefits of energy efficiency

March 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Opponents of energy/climate change legislation—which has predominantly been in the form of so-called cap-and-trade legislation—aren’t convinced.
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IPL retirees, union continue fight over plan funding

March 3, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Retirees re-energize legal battle against IPL, seek rehearing in Court of Appeals over post-retirement funding case that could cost utility $100 million.
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Ballard retooling city's curbside recycling strategyRestricted Content

February 27, 2010
Peter Schnitzler
Mayor Greg Ballard plans to renegotiate the city's trash-collection-and-processing deals, a move aimed at boosting Indianapolis' woeful 3.5-percent curbside-recycling rate and making the city one of the best environmental stewards in the Midwest.
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  1. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.

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