Environment

IPL agrees to buy solar power from Sunrise Energy VenturesRestricted Content

July 28, 2012
The Minnesota-based firm plans to generate the power at three, 10-megawatt sites in IPL's service territory.
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Turf painting spreads as drought ravages lawns

July 27, 2012
Associated Press
With two-thirds of the nation covered by a drought that stretches from coast to coast, residents and businesses in normally well-watered areas are catching on to the lawn-painting practice employed for years in the West and Southwest to give luster to faded turf.
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Environmental groups lose in bid to stop I-69

July 25, 2012
Associated Press
A federal judge has ruled against opponents of the $3 billion Interstate 69 extension between Indianapolis and Evansville who claimed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers violated federal law.
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Indiana farmers unload livestock as drought continues

July 23, 2012
Associated Press
The ongoing drought is taking its toll on Indiana livestock farmers as they liquidate their inventories.
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IU researchers question economics of diesel hybridsRestricted Content

July 21, 2012
Fuel savings and environmental benefits might not be worth the higher cost of such vehicles.
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USDA: Rain likely too late for most of Indiana's corn

July 19, 2012
Associated Press
A top federal farm official who spent two days touring drought-stricken Indiana farms said Thursday that most of the state's corn crop is in such bad shape that this week's rainfall likely won't boost yields.
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USDA official to visit Indiana farms amid drought

July 16, 2012
Associated Press
Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services Undersecretary Michael Scuse will travel to Indiana on Wednesday and Thursday to tour drought-stricken farm fields in Allen and White counties in northern Indiana and Johnson County south of Indianapolis.
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Indianapolis nears record for driest 45-day period

July 16, 2012
Associated Press
If the forecast for no rain on Monday holds up, the 45-day rainfall total would match a stretch in August and September 1908 that's the city's driest since the weather service started keeping records in the 1870s.
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Some Indianapolis fountains shut off amid drought

July 13, 2012
Associated Press
A watering ban sparked by Indiana's prolonged drought has prompted operators of several fountains in downtown Indianapolis to take steps to conserve water.
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City parks foundation chooses new president

July 10, 2012
Dan Human
The Indianapolis Parks Foundation has selected Tanya Husain as its new president, the group announced Monday. Husain will replace retiring parks foundation president Cindy Porteous.
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USDA reports corn in 18 states hurt by drought

July 10, 2012
Associated Press
Corn and soybean prices surged Monday after the latest government report showed a widespread drought in the middle of the country is hurting this year's crop. Indiana and Illinois have been particularly hard hit.
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Drought deals blow to ethanol industryRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indiana’s 13 plants distilling the automotive fuel ethanol could soon be sputtering as drought dries up the supply and boosts the price of corn, their main ingredient.
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IPL pulling plug on renewable-energy effort

July 5, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Power & Light says beginning next March it will stop offering to buy electricity from customers who generate it from renewable sources—a blow to advocates of wind, solar and other clean forms of energy.
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Purdue: Food price increases likely after long drought

July 5, 2012
Associated Press
The persistent hot, dry weather has hit farm production in Indiana, the nation's fifth-largest producer of corn, harder than any other major corn and soybean producing state.
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Drought could have mixed impact for Indiana farmers

July 2, 2012
Associated Press
Agriculture experts say some Indiana farmers are already facing big crop losses because of this summer's drought.
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Duke foes skeptical about Edwardsport price tagRestricted Content

June 30, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Utility denies claim it is trying to sidestep $2.6 billion cap on costs that can be passed along to ratepayers.
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WOJTOWICZ: It pays to know environmental requirements

June 29, 2012
Jean Wojtowicz
Unexpected problems add to the headaches of opening or relocating a business, and we hear a lot about the hang-ups of required, but annoying, environmental investigations.
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Abound Solar set to close doors, file for bankruptcy

June 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Bloomberg News
Abound Solar Inc., a Colorado-based solar manufacturer that once hoped to hire 1,200 people in Indiana by the end of 2013, will close its doors and file for bankruptcy.
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Anderson's former GM plants getting second look

June 26, 2012
Associated Press
Anderson officials said they are excited that companies have been showing interest in some of the industrial or commercial properties left by General Motors that need or are undergoing environmental cleanups.
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Indianapolis fighting spread of ash borer in parks

June 6, 2012
Associated Press
Crews are treating ash trees in Indianapolis' city parks to combat the spread of the tree-killing emerald ash borer.
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Jackson Systems plans expansion, 32 jobs

June 5, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Environmental control maker Jackson Systems LLC plans to expand its Beech Grove operations, almost doubling its work force and the size of its headquarters by 2014.
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Murphy USA opens quick-charging stations for electric carsRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Speed is thought to be an obstacle to the widespread adoption of plug-in vehicles.
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State's advanced battery initiative charging aheadRestricted Content

June 2, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Following setbacks, industry leaders prepare to launch innovation center downstate
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Indiana's corn crop faces stress from heat, drought

May 30, 2012
Associated Press
An agricultural expert says Indiana's recent hot, dry weather is likely taking a toll on the state's young corn crop.
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State, utility plan cleanup of long-closed gas plant

May 29, 2012
Associated Press
Indiana's environmental agency and Duke Energy Corp. are moving ahead with the cleanup of a long-closed manufactured-gas plant in Shelbyville.
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