Energy & Environment

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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Denison light-replacement project shows expanding base of green vendors in regionRestricted Content

November 21, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis parking garage operator Denison shuns sexy LED lighting for Fishers supplier’s induction lights.
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Horizon Wind Energy opens its first Indiana wind farm

November 21, 2009
 IBJ Staff
At full tilt, the units of Meadow Lake I Wind Farm in Brookston can generate about 200 megawatts, enough to power 60,000 average size homes in a year.
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Egg industry debates ethics of cage sizes

November 19, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The answers could have big implications for the egg industry, which counts Indiana as one of its leading producers. The Hoosier state ranked third in egg production in 2008, trailing only Iowa and Ohio.
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Carmel electric marketer planning expansion

November 16, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Carmel’s ACES Power Marketing LLC plans to invest $6.6 million to expand its West 99th Street headquarters—a move that could allow it to add 40 jobs, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. said early Monday.
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  1. From the story: "The city of Indianapolis also will consider tax incentives and funding for infrastructure required for the project, according to IEDC." Why would the City need to consider additional tax incentives when Lowe's has already bought the land and reached an agreement with IEDC to bring the jobs? What that tells me is that the City has already pledged the incentives, unofficially, and they just haven't had time to push it through the MDC yet. Either way, subsidizing $10/hour jobs is going to do nothing toward furthering the Mayor's stated goal of attracting middle and upper-middle class residents to Marion County.

  2. Ron Spencer and the entire staff of Theater on the Square embraced IndyFringe when it came to Mass Ave in 2005. TOTS was not only a venue but Ron and his friends created, presented and appeared in shows which embraced the 'spirit of the fringe'. He's weathered all the storms and kept smiling ... bon voyage and thank you.

  3. Not sure how many sushi restaurants are enough, but there are three that I know of in various parts of downtown proper and all are pretty good.

  4. First off, it's "moron," not "moran." 2nd, YOU don't get to vote on someone else's rights and freedoms that are guaranteed by the US Constitution. That's why this is not a state's rights issue...putting something like this to vote by, well, people like you who are quite clearly intellectually challenged isn't necessary since the 14th amendment has already decided the issue. Which is why Indiana's effort is a wasted one and a waste of money...and will be overturned just like this has in every other state.

  5. Rick, how does granting theright to marry to people choosing to marry same-sex partners harm the lives of those who choose not to? I cannot for the life of me see any harm to people who choose not to marry someone of the same sex. We understand your choice to take the parts of the bible literally in your life. That is fine but why force your religious beliefs on others? I'm hoping the judges do the right thing and declare the ban unconstitutional so all citizens of Wisconsin and Indiana have the same marriage rights and that those who chose someone of the same sex do not have less rights than others.

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