Energy & Environment

Conservationist awarded for his dogged pursuit to save endangered speciesRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
Mickey Maurer
Through the efforts of The Indianapolis Zoo, the animal conservation world lasers in on Indianapolis every two years — presenting our community an opportunity to recognize and learn from a hero in science and conservation.
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Auto industry requires unparalleled effortRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
Morton Marcus
While America's auto industry is being transformed to become efficient and environmentally conscious, put laid off auto employees to work educating students.
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Architect recognized for 'green' effortsRestricted Content

November 24, 2008
The U.S. Green Building Council recently honored local architect Bill Brown for his contributions to sustainable design and construction.
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Sugar Creek Utility Co. seeks rate reliefRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Sugar Creek Utility Co. wants the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to grant it rate relief for the 84-lot manufactured housing community Riley Village.
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IU launches new energy research centerRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
IU has launched another energy research center, this time the Center for Research in Energy, administered by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, in Bloomington.
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Hoosier Energy hit with $120M claim from John HancockRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Chris O'Malley
An electric co-op supplying power to customers in 48 central and southern Indiana counties could face a perilous spike in its financial load following a $120 million claim against it by insurance giant John Hancock Life Insurance Co.
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Indiana Municipal Power Agency buys wind power from IowaRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
The Indiana Municipal Power Agency said it has agreed to buy up to 50 megawatts a year from Crystal Lake Wind Energy Center in Hancock County, Iowa.
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DePauw, Ball State, Purdue buildings among top AIA design winnersRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Scott Olson
Three university projects, two of which contain green-building elements, dominated the most recent design awards presented by the American Institute of Architects Indiana chapter. Of the four award winners, three involved college buildings: the Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics at DePauw University, the Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering at Purdue University, and the Straw Bale Eco Center at Ball State University.
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Purdue University launches Center for Energy Systems and Policy to meld research, business, public policyRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Last month, Purdue University launched the Center for Energy Systems and Policy to make sure its researchers are working early in the process with business and public-policy experts at the university.
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Let's invest in wind, instead of coalRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Developing wind energy for Indiana would be economical and could make the state a leader in the green economy of the future.
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Apples, pumpkins, kids keep orchard tour guide hoppingRestricted Content

October 6, 2008
Whitney Lee

Ruth Butterfield works as a tour guide at Beasley's Orchard & Gardens three or four days a week every fall, leading an average of two tours a day. Most are school groups, but some adults come with their church groups or on nursing home outings, too.


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Retailers save on energy costs through innovative lighting, heating and coolingRestricted Content

September 29, 2008
Sam Stall

With energy costs at historic highs, retailers are struggling to find ways to trim the cost of lighting, heating and cooling their stores and other facilities. The process of wringing out savings can be long, difficult and complex. However, the rewards are too substantial to ignore.


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Law targeting controversial landfill only fuels fight

September 1, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Even for those with a vested interest in the battle over a proposed landfill near Anderson, it's hard to get too worked up over the latest twist before the courts or government agencies. After all, the Mallard Lake Landfill battle is in its 29th year.
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Alternative-energy company eyes Indiana for 4 wind farmsRestricted Content

August 11, 2008
Cory Schouten

Alternative-energy giant Horizon Wind Energy is opening an Indianapolis office focused on developing up to four new wind farms in Indiana at a cost of more than $2 billion. The Houston-based company is renovating space on the top floor of the 12-story J.F. Wild Building at 129 E. Market St., where it plans to manage development of new wind farms in Indiana and Ohio.

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Oil companies drill in Indiana fields thought to be 'played out' a century agoRestricted Content

July 14, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Sky-high oil prices have rekindled an industry in east-central Indiana that many thought had run its course a century ago. A handful of wily prospectors motivated by oil prices approaching $150 a barrel are betting that's not the case.
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Port-a-potty cleaning not such a foul job after all

July 14, 2008
Chip Cutter
Danny Hutson jumps down from the cab of his truck, grabs a giant yellow and black hose, and gets ready to deal with a familiar smell: human waste and disinfectant. It's all part of the job for Hutson, who cleans as many as 45 portable toilets a day for Aardvark Tidy Toilets, a division of Indianapolis-based Gridlock Traffic Systems Inc.
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Reducing carbon emissions could send state power prices soaringRestricted Content

June 16, 2008
Chris O'Malley
A report from Purdue University suggests industrial customers in Indiana could see disproportional rate increases in the years ahead as the state's coal-intensive electric utilities are forced to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
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Local engineering firm backing effort to turn garbage into ethanolRestricted Content

May 26, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis-based engineering and consulting giant RW Armstrong has become lead investor in an upstart ethanol firm that would apply novel technology to make the automotive fuel without using corn as the key ingredient. It would be the first big commercial plant in Indiana to make the alcohol fuel with so-called cellulosic material--the holy grail, of sorts, in the ethanol industry.
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Clean Wave hopes to invest $100M in alternative energy, sustainable technologiesRestricted Content

May 12, 2008
Chris O'Malley
A former Silicon Valley sales executive and a Cincinnati investment manager have formed a venture fund here that's trying to raise $100 million to invest in the new darlings of the investment world: clean technology firms. Clean Wave Ventures founders Scott Prince and Rick Kieser are banking on soaring energy costs attracting investors to the risky but potentially lucrative realm of alternative energy and transportation and related fields.
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Area air quality given mixed reviewsRestricted Content

April 7, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Helped by a combination of plant closures and better emission controls, industrial air pollution in the nine-county region has fallen 14 percent since the economic boom of the late 1990s, a federal database shows. But even with the reductions, the metro area will struggle to comply with reduced ground-level ozone limits announced by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency March 12.
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Acquisitions make Carmel company nation's largest underground utility locatorRestricted Content

April 7, 2008
Chris O'Malley
A former Indianapolis Water executive who spent the last six years helping the United Nations find food for the starving has returned and assembled the country's largest underground utility locator company.
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Knauf plans state's first 'gold-certified' buildingRestricted Content

March 17, 2008
Chris O'Malley
in an uncommon move among Indiana manufacturers typically more preoccupied with foreign competition and deteriorating margins, Knauf Insulation is rebuilding its research and development facility, destroyed in a fire last year, to make it 30 percent more energy-efficient than a conventional office building of its size.
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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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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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