Environment

State agency fights utility rates for electric cars

June 20, 2014
Associated Press
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. has requested a rate increase to help pay for its part in setting up charging stations for electric cars that drivers could rent as part of the BlueIndy program, a partnership between the city and the France-based Bollore Group.
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Manufacturers help drive recycling bill to passage

April 6, 2014
Associated Press
A state lawmaker who co-authored legislation setting a goal for Indiana to eventually recycle at least half of its municipal waste says the state's resource-hungry manufacturing industry was a key to the bill's passage this year.
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Bottleneck bedevils Indiana's mighty wind turbinesRestricted Content

February 15, 2014
Dan Human
Lack of transmission lines keeps green energy from flowing to the Midwest.
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Biomass could power 1/3 of Hoosier homes, report saysRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Dan Human
Despite ongoing research, the energy form is still not economical in many cases.
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MCCANN: Energy research evolving to meet massive demandsRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Maureen McCann / Special to IBJ
The days of lone-wolf researchers shouting 'Eureka' are over.
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HILL: Too much money blown on energy fixesRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
William Hill / Special to IBJ
More than one homeowner has been convinced to cut home energy bills by replacing windows or installing radiant barriers in their attic.
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Indiana in natural gas dilemmaRestricted Content

November 16, 2013
Dan Human
'Fracking' has made natural gas cheap and abundant, but prices could rise with demand, costing consumers.
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Peregrine falcon coming off endangered list

October 11, 2013
Associated Press
The peregrine falcon, a critical component of Indianapolis' battle against pigeons, is coming off Indiana's endangered species list following a successful two-decade effort to reintroduce the bird to the state.
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Enviros: Proposed coal mine would threaten refuge

July 27, 2013
Associated Press
A proposed surface coal mine spanning 1,500 acres of southwestern Indiana's coal country would threaten an adjacent national wildlife refuge used by migratory birds, three environmental groups warn.
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HEMPSTEAD: Indianapolis approaching important tipping pointRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
Sarah Hempstead
Confluence of trends, developments offer special opportunity.
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Indiana coal industry scrambling to save its futureRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Chris O'Malley
Options include increasing exports as opposition to coal-fired electricity generation heats up at both national and local levels.
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BARNARD: Courts hand business big victory over insurersRestricted Content

September 8, 2012
Thomas A. Barnard / Special to IBJ
If your Indiana business has purchased liability insurance over the years and now faces an issue of environmental contamination, you might have valuable insurance coverage you don’t know about.
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Indianapolis expects savings from sweeping energy projectRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Marc D. Allan
The city is guaranteed $7.5 million in savings over 15 years from a $18 million upgrade of city facilities, and the savings are expected to accumulate further.
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Greencastle plant key in Ford's environmental movementRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
Scott Olson
Supplier to begin producing door part made from kenaf, a plant similar to bamboo but related to cotton.
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CARTER: Community enthusiasm palpable with eco causesRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
Tim Carter / Special to IBJ
Indianapolis is beginning to focus on environment, livability.
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Alternative fuels gaining popularityRestricted Content

March 3, 2012
Chris O'Malley
While some trucking firms are busily updating old trucks, others are delving into alternative fuels, which will help lower emissions.
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Speedway buying Greenfield-based Gas America

February 11, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Gas America, a family-owned chain founded nearly a century ago, has 88 locations, nearly all of which will be converted to the Speedway brand.
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Indianapolis neighborhood striving for LEED statusRestricted Content

October 22, 2011
Scott Olson
Designation to east-side project would go beyond building certification.
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Sustainability, more new jobs key to GM siteRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
Kevin Parsons / Special to IBJ
Why not look at the entire neighborhood instead of just this old site?
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Electric vehicles gain traction in regionRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis has one of the highest concentrations of plug-in electric vehicle drivers in the nation, an industry official says.
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Massive recycling plant in Indianapolis pays off for Republic ServicesRestricted Content

June 4, 2011
Scott Olson
A $4M machine sorts newspaper, glass, plastic quickly from as far away as Evansville.
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Porous concrete gets big testRestricted Content

April 30, 2011
Chris O'Malley
The new sidewalk and curb material is easing strain on storm sewers on Ohio Street.
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HOLT: New York threatens to ballast Indiana exports

April 2, 2011
David Holt
Regulations aimed at stopping invasive species are too stiff.
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Banks OK with 'clean energy financing districts'Restricted Content

March 12, 2011
Scott Olson
Industry feared original bill would have put mortgage lenders at added risk.
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Indiana experts weigh in on environmental issuesRestricted Content

March 5, 2011
A panel discussion includes topics ranging from green power initiatives and hybrid cars to landfill policies and environmental regulations.
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  1. Aaron is my fav!

  2. Let's see... $25M construction cost, they get $7.5M back from federal taxpayers, they're exempt from business property tax and use tax so that's about $2.5M PER YEAR they don't have to pay, permitting fees are cut in half for such projects, IPL will give them $4K under an incentive program, and under IPL's VFIT they'll be selling the power to IPL at 20 cents / kwh, nearly triple what a gas plant gets, about $6M / year for the 150-acre combined farms, and all of which is passed on to IPL customers. No jobs will be created either other than an handful of installers for a few weeks. Now here's the fun part...the panels (from CHINA) only cost about $5M on Alibaba, so where's the rest of the $25M going? Are they marking up the price to drive up the federal rebate? Indy Airport Solar Partners II LLC is owned by local firms Johnson-Melloh Solutions and Telemon Corp. They'll gross $6M / year in triple-rate power revenue, get another $12M next year from taxpayers for this new farm, on top of the $12M they got from taxpayers this year for the first farm, and have only laid out about $10-12M in materials plus installation labor for both farms combined, and $500K / year in annual land lease for both farms (est.). Over 15 years, that's over $70M net profit on a $12M investment, all from our wallets. What a boondoggle. It's time to wise up and give Thorium Energy your serious consideration. See http://energyfromthorium.com to learn more.

  3. Markus, I don't think a $2 Billion dollar surplus qualifies as saying we are out of money. Privatization does work. The government should only do what private industry can't or won't. What is proven is that any time the government tries to do something it costs more, comes in late and usually is lower quality.

  4. Some of the licenses that were added during Daniels' administration, such as requiring waiter/waitresses to be licensed to serve alcohol, are simply a way to generate revenue. At $35/server every 3 years, the state is generating millions of dollars on the backs of people who really need/want to work.

  5. I always giggle when I read comments from people complaining that a market is "too saturated" with one thing or another. What does that even mean? If someone is able to open and sustain a new business, whether you think there is room enough for them or not, more power to them. Personally, I love visiting as many of the new local breweries as possible. You do realize that most of these establishments include a dining component and therefore are pretty similar to restaurants, right? When was the last time I heard someone say "You know, I think we have too many locally owned restaurants"? Um, never...

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