Energy & Environment

Against odds, AlGalCo pursues 'Holy Grail' of power cellsRestricted Content

February 25, 2008
Sam Stall
A small West Lafayette technology startup has quietly unveiled a product that might, just might, change the world. At the TechAdvantage Conference and Expo in Anaheim, Calif., on Feb. 20, Kurt Koehler, CEO, co-founder (and, for the moment, sole employee) of AlGalCo LLC, showed off a pre-production hydrogen-powered emergency generator.
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New steam plant could propel Speedway revivalRestricted Content

December 31, 2007
Chris O'Malley
A unit of Citizens Gas proposes building a natural-gas-fueled steam plant in Speedway to serve large employers in the town of 12,800.
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eGix buyout sets up Bell battleRestricted Content

December 17, 2007
Scott Olson
The fiercely competitive local telecommunications landscape should get even more heated, following Cincinnati Bell Inc.'s $18 million acquisition of Carmel-based eGix Inc. eGix provides bundled voice and data services, as well as high-speed Internet access and messaging products, to about 17,000 commercial customers.
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Road getting bumpy for ethanol plantsRestricted Content

December 10, 2007
Chris O'Malley
The list of potential Hoosier ethanol plants is nothing short of astounding for a state that had just one ethanol-fuel distillery as recently as 2005. Beyond the six ethanol plants now operating and six others under construction, Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt counts 27 others under consideration for Indiana.
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Union says utility owes $115MRestricted Content

November 19, 2007
Chris O'Malley
In a case with huge financial implications for Indianapolis Power & Light and Virginia parent AES Corp., a labor union and 16 IPL retirees have asked regulators to force the utility to pay up to $115 million to back-fund a retirement plan it spun off in 2001.
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Steam plant ups reliance on coalRestricted Content

September 3, 2007
Chris O'Malley
Citizens Gas & Coke Utility shuttered its coke manufacturing plant earlier this summer, much to the relief of neighbors and health officials who warned that its benzene emissions were a cancer threat. But regulatory filings show closing the plant at Keystone Avenue and Prospect Street could result in more pollution downtown.
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Utilities seek new sources of renewable electric powerRestricted Content

August 13, 2007
Chris O'Malley
The glacial-but-steady move to renewable-energy sources by Indiana's coal-dominated electric utilities is picking up speed and could spur demand for locally manufactured power-plant components.
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Land trusts find foothold in IndianaRestricted Content

August 13, 2007
Cory Schouten
In an effort to preserve Indiana woodlands , some property owners are transferring development rights to Central Indiana Land Trust Inc., a not-for-profit environmental group. Owners can grant a so-called conservation easement in exchange for an impressive array of tax benefits.
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Consumers wary of 'greenwashing' by companiesRestricted Content

August 6, 2007
Chris O'Malley
With the gospel of global warming raising the call for "green-ness" to a near-hysterical pitch, there's a growing sense that creating an earth-friendly image will bring companies a strategic advantage. Yet the contradictions between what companies do day in and day out and what they do to improve the environment can create a marketing minefield.
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City's water system wasted a billion gallons last yearRestricted Content

July 16, 2007
Chris O'Malley
Records show 17 percent of the 51 billion gallons Indianapolis Water treats and pumps from its plants never so much as moves a digit on customers' water meters.
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Indiana short on honeybeesRestricted Content

June 25, 2007
Jennifer Whitson
A cold snap wiped out at least half of Indiana's honeybee hives over the winter. For some beekeepers, the loss was as high as 80 percent. Fortunately, most don't look to bees for their livelihood.
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Court tells telecom giants to pay payphone operatorsRestricted Content

June 4, 2007
Chris O'Malley
The state's 30-or-so independent payphone operators--a conveyance nearly made extinct by wireless phones--may begin receiving refunds next month from AT&T Indiana and Verizon for excess charges the phone companies billed independent payphone operators for dial tones from 1997 to 2004.
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Citizens Gas proposing billing overhaulRestricted Content

April 16, 2007
Chris O'Malley
Citizens Gas & Coke Utility has revived its pitch for a regulatory plan that would fundamentally change the way it bills customers, helping it cover rising expenses as gas sales fall. The plan would create an expanded energy conservation program that could include rebates for customers who buy gas-efficient furnaces and appliances.
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Bill would let utilities pass on more costs without rate hearingsRestricted Content

February 26, 2007
Chris O'Malley
Utility ratepayer groups say House Bill 1496, which is stuck in committee, is typical of what they see as a disturbing trend: allowing utilities to pass the cost of mandates directly to consumers. HB 1496 would require Indiana's coal-reliant electric utilities to generate at least 10 percent of their power from renewable energy sources like wind and landfill gas.
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Calendar publisher wants to power his factory with windRestricted Content

February 12, 2007
Chris O'Malley
The Time Factory founder and CEO Jim Purcell wants to erect a 150-foot-tall wind turbine above his calendar factory near 62nd Street and Georgetown Road. Purcell figures the $200,000 contraption could power 60 percent--if he's lucky, maybe 80 percent--of his 22,000-square-foot facility.
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Expanded recycling catches on in manufacturing sectorRestricted Content

February 12, 2007
Tammy Lieber
In manufacturing and industrial-heavy central Indiana, companies are beginning to realize that "going green" can translate into another kind of green--money. Reaching beyond the standard glass, paper and metal, markets are developing for a variety of materials, from tiny bits of processed rubber to leftover cornstarch.
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Recyclers fear competition for fundingRestricted Content

February 5, 2007
Chris O'Malley
Indiana recyclers concerned that waste-burning firms could gain status as recyclers--and vie for state grants and loans they've relied on for years--now have a potential competitor on the radar.
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Generator-maker finding new ways to get energyRestricted Content

January 29, 2007
Chris O'Malley
I Power Energy Systems, which makes natural-gas-powered electric generators that are the primary power source of corporate and college campuses, is a novelty in Indiana. After all, coal is still a cheaper source of electricity than is natural gas. But I Power is developing applications for electric generators that burn biogas from sources ranging from garbage to ground-up corn.
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Three-decade landfill battle rages onRestricted Content

January 22, 2007
Chris O'Malley
World War II could have been fought seven times over since Ralph Reed and sons first tried to build Mallard Lake Landfill outside of Anderson. The Reeds' dream of big cash from trash has upset hundreds of residents in subdivision-dotted fields since the family asked Madison County to rezone their 254-acre farm in the 1970s.
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IPL cites project overruns as reason for rate hikeRestricted Content

January 8, 2007
Chris O'Malley
The cost of a pollution-control project at Indianapolis Power & Light's Harding Street generating station has soared over budget by $60 million, or 38 percent, and the utility wants its 465,000 customers in Marion County and nine others to help foot the bill.
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Biofuel plans have suppliers stokedRestricted Content

September 18, 2006
Chris O'Malley
Indiana's plan to become the Middle East of biofuels could be a boon well beyond the rural towns that will welcome more than a dozen refineries . Firms that make and supply parts and expertise needed to build the $1.8 billion in ethanol and biodiesel plants--and related infrastructure--are gearing up.
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IPL seeks to expand green plansRestricted Content

September 4, 2006
Chris O'Malley
Electric customers would gain new payment options and more access to "green power," and Indianapolis Power & Light would have more opportunities to profit, under a plan the utility filed Aug. 23 with state regulators.
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