Energy & Environment

NIPSCO planning $1B electrical upgrade project

July 24, 2013
Associated Press
The company has filed a request with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission for annual rate increases of about 1 percent from 2015 through 2020 for the work.
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Dominion buys solar power projects near Indianapolis

July 22, 2013
Associated Press
The seller, Minnesota-based Sunrise Energy Ventures, put a price tag of more than $50 million on the projects earlier this year when it sought zoning approvals and government funds to help develop them.
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Sprinkler system fee sparks battle in Bargersville

July 15, 2013
Associated Press
About 2,000 Bargersville Water Utility customers pay a $10-per-month fee for having an in-ground sprinkler system, generating $240,000 annually for the town, which enacted the fee in 1995.
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Indiana crops look great after spring planting delays

July 10, 2013
Associated Press
Indiana's corn and soybean crops are headed toward possibly record-breaking yields following one of the slowest and wettest planting seasons in a decade
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Citizens Energy quizzed on exec pay levelsRestricted Content

July 6, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Citizens Energy Group has enjoyed a certain amount of public good will over the last 125 years as a not-for-profit, charitable trust. But rising incentive pay to the trust’s top brass recently has conjured up images of an investor-owned utility—and the scrutiny of regulators.
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BP settles class-action suit over tainted gasoline

July 1, 2013
Associated Press
The oil giant has agreed to a $7 million settlement related to a recall of about 4.7 million gallons of tainted gasoline in four Midwestern states, including Indiana.
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Large hog farm gets approval near Camp Tecumseh

July 1, 2013
Associated Press
A northern Indiana county has approved plans for a 9,200-hog farm near a youth camp whose leaders worry the farm's odors will affect life at the popular camp.
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Indiana consumer group backing planned wind farm

July 1, 2013
Associated Press
A consumer advocacy group says opponents of proposed central Indiana wind farms are spreading misinformation about the electricity-generating turbines.
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Junkyard cleans up mess after IDEM finds violations

June 28, 2013
Dan Human
The state says a Hancock County salvage yard had made headway in fixing environmental violations found during a March inspection. The owner still faces an unrelated lawsuit from county officials.
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Camp Tecumseh fighting big hog-farm proposal

June 25, 2013
Associated Press
Leaders of an Indiana youth camp that serves thousands of students from central Indiana are arguing against a farmer's plans to start raising some 9,200 hogs about a half-mile away.
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Consumer agency: Citizens water rate hike 5 times too high

June 20, 2013
Dan Human
The state's utility consumer agency recommended Thursday that regulators significantly reduce Citizens Water's proposed rate hike for its 300,000 customers in Marion and surrounding counties.
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City to review tax breaks for five tech firms

June 20, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
The biotech and technology companies could see their Marion County tax abatements reduced or cancelled if officials decide they didn't fulfill promises on new investment and hiring.
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ProLiance Energy sold to Dallas company

June 19, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis-based ProLiance Energy, which has lost tens of millions of dollars in recent years amid falling natural gas prices, is being sold to Dallas-based Energy Transfer Partners.
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Duke Energy names CFO to replace Rogers as chief exec

June 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
Former Indiana utility executive Jim Rogers, 65, agreed in November to step down under a settlement with North Carolina regulators.
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AES Corp. to locate U.S. operations HQ in Indianapolis

June 14, 2013
 IBJ Staff
AES Corp., the multinational parent of Indianapolis Power & Light Co., says the move will cost $1.2 million and create up to 100 jobs by the end of 2014.
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IPL parent eyes Indy for corporate services hub

June 13, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
AES Corp., based in Arlington, Va., has been considering Indianapolis as the hub for a new shared-services center, and is planning a major economic development announcement in the city on Friday.
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Troubled Indiana gasification plant begins operation

June 10, 2013
Associated Press
Duke Energy said that its $3.5 billion, high-tech 618-megawatt plant near Vincennes will produce 10 times as much power as a former plant but emit about 70 percent less pollution.
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Citizens steam users could see hike as high as 23 percent

June 10, 2013
Mason King
A vast majority of the 185 downtown-based steam-service customers of Citizens Energy Group would pay at least 12.9 percent to 23 percent more under a rate-increase proposal.
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Crew making quick progress on Citizens Energy sewage tunnelRestricted Content

June 8, 2013

The Deep Rock Tunnel is the largest public-works project in the city’s history, and Citizens customers are already paying for the first phase, which cost $444 million.

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Indiana court wades into coal gas plant dispute

June 6, 2013
Associated Press
The state Supreme Court agreed Thursday to step into a legal fight between backers and opponents of a proposed $2.8 billion coal-gasification plant in southwestern Indiana.
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Indy gets $1.6M from EPA to address brownfields

June 6, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis is launching a new strategy devoted to cleaning up abandoned industrial sites and sparking development in some of the capital city's most blighted neighborhoods.
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Indiana county pushes ahead with fertilizer plant

June 6, 2013
Associated Press
The Pakistan-based developers of a fertilizer plant have won a southwestern Indiana county's initial approval for the project, weeks after the state pulled its support.
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Downtown steam-plant customers face steep rate increase

June 6, 2013
 IBJ Staff
About 200 downtown business and industrial customers would pay an average of 12.9 percent more for steam services under a rate-increase proposal by Citizens Energy Group.
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Indiana gas prices soar to 50 cents above U.S. average

June 5, 2013
Associated Press
The website Gasbuddy.com said Indiana's average price of a gallon of unleaded regular gas was nearly $4.16 Wednesday afternoon, compared with the national average of nearly $3.64 a gallon.
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Miller Pipeline plans $5.3M expansion, more jobs

June 5, 2013
 IBJ Staff
The Indianapolis-based subsidiary of Vectren Corp. plans to construct a 52,000-square-foot building at its 34-acre corporate campus at 8850 Crawfordsville Road.
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  1. The deductible is entirely paid by the POWER account. No one ever has to contribute more than $25/month into the POWER account and it is often less. The only cost not paid out of the POWER account is the ER copay ($8-25) for non-emergent use of the ER. And under HIP 2.0, if a member calls the toll-free, 24 hour nurse line, and the nurse tells them to go to the ER, the copay is waived. It's also waived if the member is admitted to the hospital. Honestly, although it is certainly not "free" - I think Indiana has created a decent plan for the currently uninsured. Also consider that if a member obtains preventive care, she can lower her monthly contribution for the next year. Non-profits may pay up to 75% of the contribution on behalf of the member, and the member's employer may pay up to 50% of the contribution.

  2. I wonder if the governor could multi-task and talk to CMS about helping Indiana get our state based exchange going so Hoosiers don't lose subsidy if the court decision holds. One option I've seen is for states to contract with healthcare.gov. Or maybe Indiana isn't really interested in healthcare insurance coverage for Hoosiers.

  3. So, how much did either of YOU contribute? HGH Thank you Mr. Ozdemir for your investments in this city and your contribution to the arts.

  4. So heres brilliant planning for you...build a $30 M sports complex with tax dollars, yet send all the hotel tax revenue to Carmel and Fishers. Westfield will unlikely never see a payback but the hotel "centers" of Carmel and Fishers will get rich. Lousy strategy Andy Cook!

  5. AlanB, this is how it works...A corporate welfare queen makes a tiny contribution to the arts and gets tons of positive media from outlets like the IBJ. In turn, they are more easily to get their 10s of millions of dollars of corporate welfare (ironically from the same people who are against welfare for humans).

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