Energy & Environment

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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IURC conducts review of Centennial's telecom serviceRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Every neighborhood has its battles, but the 1,017-resident Centennial subdivision in Westfield is embroiled in one of the most unusual: a very public fight over the adequacy of its phone, Internet and video service.
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Sestertii Solar leasing panels to make solar power more affordableRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The electricity they generate may be free, but most home- and business-owners can’t justify the upfront cost of solar panels. A price tag of $25,000 to $50,000 for a modest system puts the cost close to luxury car territory.
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A peek at the future: Nature Conservancy's 'green' HQ

November 7, 2009
Cory Schouten
Work is on schedule for a new headquarters for The Nature Conservancy of Indiana, which includes a variety of first-in-Indianapolis "green" features. Tour the building through IBJ's narrated slideshow.
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Companies reap rewards on irrigation investmentsRestricted Content

November 7, 2009
Brock Benefiel
Mike’s Express Carwash uses a lot of water. There’s just no getting around it. So when automated systems engineer Ryan Binkley looked for ways to conserve resources, he focused on the company’s irrigation systems.
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Telecom supplier Telamon hopes to 'ignite' racing industry

November 6, 2009
Scott Olson
Carmel-based Telamon Corp. rose to become one of the largest minority-owned businesses in the area largely by serving telecommunications giants. Now it is veering off its traditional course to supply racing teams with an ethanol-based fuel made from Indiana corn.
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Citizens Energy donates land to baseball not-for profit

November 5, 2009
Citizens has donated 28 acres of land from its former Citizens Gas & Coke Utility site on the southeast side of Indianapolis to Play Ball Indiana for the development of a youth sports complex.
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Calumet improves quarterly profit despite sales hit

November 4, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Calumet Specialty Products LP posted a profit of $3.9 million in the third quarter, recovering from a $12.5 million loss in the same period last year.
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Anderson gas-station chain sues BP after 32-store deal sours

October 31, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
Ricker Oil's Oct. 22 suit claims British petroleum giant BP is charging unjustified royalty fees while delivering no boost from its national advertising, its proprietary IT system or its bulk purchase pricing.
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Indiana lands $39.4M in power-grid stimulus grants

October 27, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
IPL will receive $20 million to help pay for a $48.8 million project to install more than 28,000 smart meters; Midwest ISO will get $17.3 million toward a $34.5 million project to install 150 phasor measurement units.
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Gas City dealer offers electric versions of Cadillacs, HummersRestricted Content

October 24, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Of all the inappropriate postmarks for the largest distributor of plug-in electric vehicles in Indiana, Gas City, about an hour north of Indianapolis, takes the prize. But Steve Mitchell, proprietor of Electric Cars and Carts, figures he’s in the right place as far as business prospects go. Despite a stalled economy, Mitchell’s electric vehicle sales are up 35 percent over the same month last year.
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Consultant: Indianapolis water utility lax in overseeing Veolia

October 17, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The city too often relied on the Department of Waterworks’ board, on consultants and on the private operator, Veolia Water, rather than on the department’s own staff “to ensure safe and efficient operation, maintenance and management” of Indianapolis Water. That’s one of several critical findings of a consultant hired by the department and filed as part of a 35-percent rate-hike request pending before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission.
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Green year for city hall, businesses

October 10, 2009
 IBJ Staff
It’s been a year since Republican Mayor Greg Ballard launched the City’s Office of Sustainability. On Oct. 6, Ballard and his sustainability director, Karen Haley, outlined accomplishments in the first year.
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Remy unveils 'off the shelf' electric motor

October 6, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Pendleton-based Remy International today formally unveiled its 'off the shelf' electric motors for hybrid vehicles.
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City receives host of sale, privatization ideas for water, sewer utilitiesRestricted Content

October 3, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Officials grappling with a water utility deep in debt and a sewer infrastructure needing upwards of $2 billion in upgrades were swamped with proposals about how to fix the mess.
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American Water wants to raise rates

October 3, 2009
 IBJ Staff
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is seeking public input on a proposed rate hike by American Water Inc., which has 283,000 customers in the state, including in Noblesville and Greenwood.
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City becomes hub of 'cryo-cooling' for truck trailers

October 1, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis is the new operating headquarters of a Ukrainian-American venture producing refrigeration units for semi trailers. The move comes with the naming this spring of Thomas Roller as president and CEO of Ukram Industries. Roller is known locally as former CEO of Indianapolis-based Norwood Promotional Products and of Fruehauf Trailer, which was based here in the 1990s.
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Indiana mine operations to close, costing 80 jobs

September 29, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Peabody Indiana Services LLC notified the Indiana Department of Workforce Development on Monday that it will close its surface mine operations at Francisco in southwestern Indiana, putting about 80 employees out of work.
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Toll road operator among water-utility suitors

September 29, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Among 23 firms that have expressed interest in operating Indianapolis’ water and sewer systems is Macquarie, the Australian firm that operates the Indiana Toll Road under a 75-year, $3.8 billion lease. In July, the city asked companies to express interest in operating the systems.
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Renewable-energy firm eyeing Tipton County plant

September 28, 2009
A renewable-energy firm is considering manufacturing solar panels in an empty Tipton County plant where transmissions were to be built for Chrysler automobiles, according to the Kokomo Tribune.
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Water utility wants millions for treatment-plant upgrade, dam repairRestricted Content

September 26, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Already swamped with higher debt costs due to a bond refinancing fiasco, the city’s Department of Waterworks is asking the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to OK a rate hike to pay for capital projects.
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Architecture firms launch energy venture

September 26, 2009
 IBJ Staff
Architectural and engineering firm Schmidt Associates Inc. and mechanical contractor Johnson Melloh Inc. have partnered to form Energy Solutions by JMS, which will promote energy-savings programs to school districts, libraries and units of local government throughout the state.
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