Energy & Environment

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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Duke Energy to trim Midwest work force, expenses

January 19, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Duke Energy is offering buyouts to employees as it moves some corporate functions performed in two Midwest offices, including its central Indiana office in Plainfield.
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With utilities under pressure, shareholders unite

January 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Utility Shareholders Association aims to be the “collective voice” of investors in four of the big utilities operating in Indiana.
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Nature Conservancy buys 282 acres from Girl Scouts

January 16, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The land in Brown County will be turned over to the Indiana Division of Forestry.
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IPL: Changing tree-trimming policy could cost utility $100M

January 13, 2010
Scott Olson
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. made the claim in testimony submitted to the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission as part of a hearing investigating complaints that the utility's tree-trimming policies are too aggressive.
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Cummins gets $54M to improve fuel efficiency

January 11, 2010
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
Columbus engine maker Cummins Inc. will receive nearly $54M in federal funding as part of a program designed to significantly increase fuel efficiency in heavy trucks and passenger vehicles, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced Monday.
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Bill could pave way for Indiana nuclear power plantsRestricted Content

January 9, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The word “nuclear” isn’t even mentioned, but Senate Bill 69 is a virtual launch code for reviving attempts at commercial nuclear power in Indiana.
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IDEM fills long-vacant chief-of-staff post, denies agency shakeup

January 4, 2010
Chris O'Malley
IDEM's head, faulted over his role in a pollution case while at Bethlehem Steel, gets a chief of staff. Officials deny agency shakeup on way.
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Indiana pushes firms toward electric vehicles, but has few of its ownRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Chris O'Malley
State government hasn’t put much money toward becoming a leader among states integrating hybrids into their massive vehicle fleets.
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Renewable power focus of utility reform in 2010 LegislatureRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The Hoosier Environmental Council and Citizens Action Coalition see an expansion of the state’s “net metering” policy as achievable during the short legislative session that starts Jan. 5.
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Duke Energy seeks less for study related to Edwardsport plant

January 2, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The utility that asked state regulators permission to have customers pay $121 million for a geological study now seeks $42 million.
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Upgrade money for former coke plant goes to community projects

December 30, 2009
Staff Report
Citizens Energy Group is redirecting to community groups more than $413,000 that it was to spend on environmental upgrade projects at its former coke oven facility in Indianapolis, which closed in 2007.
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Connersville to borrow $3.5 million to clean up Visteon site

December 22, 2009
Kathleen McLaughlin
The city of Connersville will borrow as much as $3.5 million to clean up the former Visteon site where a startup company wants to build police cars.
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Hoosier Energy avoids financial brownoutRestricted Content

December 12, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Hoosier Energy, which supplies electricity to customers in 48 counties in central and southern Indiana, has settled a dispute that had threatened to plunge the utility into bankruptcy.
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Parks Foundation gets $7.3M Lilly Endowment grant

December 10, 2009
Scott Olson
Lilly Endowment Inc. has awarded the Indianapolis Parks Foundation a $7.3 million grant to fund improvements that include a new pool at Bethel Park on the near-southeast side.
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Miller Pipeline purchases Illinois-based contractor

December 7, 2009
Indianapolis-based Miller Pipeline Corp. announced Monday morning that it has purchased Illinois-based Elcon Pipeline Inc., marking the company’s fifth acquisition in the past four years.
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Duke Energy wants ratepayers to fund carbon dioxide storage site studyRestricted Content

December 5, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The state’s utility consumer agency is opposing Duke Energy’s request to have customers pay $121 million to study where to inject underground the carbon dioxide to be produced by its Edwardsport plant.
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HICKS: Scandal may put chill on global-warming researchRestricted Content

December 5, 2009
Mike Hicks
A long series of leaked or hacked e-mails strongly indicate that several prominent climate scientists have hidden data, conspired to hide unfavorable findings, and doctored scientific evidence.
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Indiana e-waste collectors, recyclers face deadline

December 3, 2009
Associated Press
Collectors and recyclers of obsolete electronics have until Jan. 1 to enroll with the state's E-Waste Program.
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Carmel buying 12 acres for new well field

December 1, 2009
Cory Schouten
The city of Carmel has agreed to buy about 12 acres adjacent to the Mansion at Oak Hill for a new well field.
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Advisory panel urges EPA to back plan to pay for green projects via property taxRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Chris O'Malley
By issuing “voluntary environmental improvement bonds,”, local and state governments could create special taxing districts that finance homeowner purchases of everything from solar panels to rain gardens.
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Indianapolis Sustainability Awards will honor green projects

November 28, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Deadline for nominations is Dec. 15 for projects in the categories of air, energy, land, water and “reduce, reuse, recycle.”
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EPA: IPL electric plant upgrades were deficientRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Power & Light faces potential fines and capital expenditures after allegedly updating three generating plants over 23 years without adding the most modern pollution controls.
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Plant would pipe carbon dioxide to oil rigs

November 26, 2009
Associated Press
Carbon dioxide produced by a proposed coal gasification plant near the southern Indiana town of Rockport would be used to help boost oil production in the Gulf of Mexico under a plan by the company leading the project.
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Wind turbine maker adding 260 jobs in New Albany

November 23, 2009
 IBJ Staff
California-based WindStream Technologies Inc. plans to locate a development and production facility at Purdue Research Park of Southeast Indiana, creating more than 260 jobs by 2012.
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