Energy & Environment

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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Alternative energy firm eyeing New Castle plant

February 25, 2010
Scott Olson
Plans by Washington, D.C.-based D'Arcinoff Group to manufacture wind turbines in an idled plant in New Castle could create 1,800 jobs in the next two years.
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Regulatory job prompts Mays to resign as Recorder publisher

February 24, 2010
Carolene Mays plans to leave the Indianapolis newspaper after being named to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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Plan for optional interstate tolls may hit potholesRestricted Content

February 20, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A proposal to add optional toll lanes to parts of Interstates 69 and 65 raises all kinds of questions, such as how to squeeze more lanes into the crowded I-69 corridor northeast of the city. And it’s debatable whether toll lanes could make more money than they cost to implement.
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TROY: New law frees contaminated real estate from purgatory

February 20, 2010
Paul Troy
State environmental regulators now must consider leaving contamination in the ground so long as it doesn't threaten health
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Indiana Building Green Symposium gains momentum

February 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
What has emerged as the largest local gathering to discuss green building technologies will meet March 10-11 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
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Foes keep up 31-year fight over central Indiana landfill

February 18, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A developer who has been trying for 31 years to build a central Indiana landfill says he's ready to start construction after receiving a state permit.
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Mays named to Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

February 17, 2010
Associated Press
Gov. Mitch Daniels has appointed former Democratic state Rep. Carolene Mays of Indianapolis to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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IPL sues engineering consultant over Eagle Valley discharge

February 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Indianapolis Power and Light Co. is suing its engineering consultant over an industrial accident that spilled 30 million gallons of polluted water into White River.
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Environmental causes keep ex-bank chief McKinney busyRestricted Content

February 6, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Most know him as a retired captain of industry—of banking, as chairman of First Indiana Corp., and law, as co-founder of Bose McKinney & Evans. Few know that Robert H. McKinney started out planning to become a national park guide.
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IPL retirees lose appeal over retirement benefits

January 29, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Indiana Court of Appeals upholds utility commission ruling favorable to IPL. Although court does "not condone" IPL's action in the retirement benefits case, it gives deference to the commission.
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Remy hybrid agreements help offset GM loss

January 27, 2010
Scott Olson
Pendleton-based Remy International signs deals with Allison Transmission Inc. in Indianapolis and German automaker Daimler AG to supply electric motors for hybrid systems. The agreements should help offset a loss of business from General Motors.
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Bill would give CO2 pipeline firms right to take private land

January 25, 2010
Chris O'Malley
A consumer group opposing Senate Bill 115 argues the measure is yet another concession to the developer of a coal-to-methane plant proposed in Rockport.
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Farmland once targeted for housing still being plowedRestricted Content

January 23, 2010
Kathleen McLaughlin
Farmers who might have worried about losing their livelihood to new homes or retail have gotten a little breather.
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Pickens' natural-gas plan may prove boon to truck builders

January 22, 2010
Bloomberg News
Converting the U.S. trucking industry to natural gas will benefit manufacturers including Columbus-based Cummins Inc., T. Boone Pickens says.
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  2. I think perhaps there is legal precedence here in that the laws were intended for family farms, not pig processing plants on a huge scale. There has to be a way to squash this judges judgment and overrule her dumb judgement. Perhaps she should be required to live in one of those neighbors houses for a month next to the farm to see how she likes it. She is there to protect the people, not the corporations.

  3. http://www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/engineer/facts/03-111.htm Corporate farms are not farms, they are indeed factories on a huge scale. The amount of waste and unhealthy smells are environmentally unsafe. If they want to do this, they should be forced to buy a boundary around their farm at a premium price to the homeowners and landowners that have to eat, sleep, and live in a cesspool of pig smells. Imagine living in a house that smells like a restroom all the time. Does the state really believe they should take the side of these corporate farms and not protect Indiana citizens. Perhaps justifiable they should force all the management of the farms to live on the farm itself and not live probably far away from there. Would be interesting to investigate the housing locations of those working at and managing the corporate farms.

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