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. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.

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