Hoosier Environmental Council

Indiana environmental activists to push bipartisan agenda

November 15, 2010
Associated Press
Jesse Kharbanda, executive director of the Hoosier Environmental Council, said the new Legislature will make it more challenging to sell environmental initiatives mainly because there are more than two dozen freshmen lawmakers he and others will have to court.
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Daniels criticized for lopping costs on I-69 extension

July 24, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Detractors of new-terrain route say cost cuts undermine economic development premise for extending the interstate.
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Opponents claim I-69 extension a drain on other road projects

July 24, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Some opponents of the Interstate 69 extension says it’s not too late to kill the project even though concrete has been poured for two miles in southern Indiana, and another 60 miles or so is under construction or in an engineering phase.
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Net metering bill short-circuited in legislature

March 20, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Bill would have allowed businesses, universities and other organizations generating their own power to receive a retail credit on their utility bills.
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Consumer group touts financial benefits of energy efficiency

March 6, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Opponents of energy/climate change legislation—which has predominantly been in the form of so-called cap-and-trade legislation—aren’t convinced.
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Renewable power focus of utility reform in 2010 LegislatureRestricted Content

January 2, 2010
Chris O'Malley
The Hoosier Environmental Council and Citizens Action Coalition see an expansion of the state’s “net metering” policy as achievable during the short legislative session that starts Jan. 5.
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EPA: IPL electric plant upgrades were deficientRestricted Content

November 28, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Power & Light faces potential fines and capital expenditures after allegedly updating three generating plants over 23 years without adding the most modern pollution controls.
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Poll shows IBJ Daily readers keenly interested in the environment

September 12, 2009
Marc D. Allan
A solid majority of subscribers to IBJ Daily believes climate change is a serious problem, thinks carbon emissions should be regulated, and wants Indianapolis to pursue mass transit on a broad scale, according to a poll conducted in July by IBJ.
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Local panel to discuss climate bill's possible business impact

September 2, 2009
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
A panel of energy and legal experts will gather tomorrow evening to discuss what the climate change bill now before Congress could mean for Indiana businesses.
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Contractors, manufacturers hope clean-energy incentives, mandates lead to more businessRestricted Content

August 10, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Federal stimulus funds and greenhouse-gas legislation have the potential to spark a green version of the Gold Rush. Many Indiana firms are retooling to sell products or services that are or might soon be in demand.
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General Assembly, governor bypass green reformsRestricted Content

June 1, 2009
Indiana environmental advocates had lots of disappointments this year regarding government reform efforts.
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Prepare for Indiana's low-carbon economyRestricted Content

May 18, 2009
Jesse Kharbanda
No doubt the transition to a low-carbon economy will bring great challenges for Hoosier businesses, given how carbon-intensive our society is. However, if we take proactive steps, Indiana can emerge as a standout success story.
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Indiana is first in nation for wind power growthRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
A report due out later this month will show that Indiana is the state growing wind power at the fastest rate in the nation.
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Green construction takes root in IndianaRestricted Content

March 9, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Six experts in green issues shared their outlook on businesses' environmental responsibilities during IBJ's Power Breakfast Feb. 13.
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Duke Energy lawyers accused of deceitRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
Chris O'Malley
U.S. District Court Judge Larry J. McKinney is threatening to suspend counsel for Duke Energy, including its local attorneys, from practicing in federal court after finding they misled Indianapolis jurors last May in a trial over air-pollution violations.
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  1. The $104K to CRC would go toward debts service on $486M of existing debt they already have from other things outside this project. Keystone buys the bonds for 3.8M from CRC, and CRC in turn pays for the parking and site work, and some time later CRC buys them back (with interest) from the projected annual property tax revenue from the entire TIF district (est. $415K / yr. from just this property, plus more from all the other property in the TIF district), which in theory would be about a 10-year term, give-or-take. CRC is basically betting on the future, that property values will increase, driving up the tax revenue to the limit of the annual increase cap on commercial property (I think that's 3%). It should be noted that Keystone can't print money (unlike the Federal Treasury) so commercial property tax can only come from consumers, in this case the apartment renters and consumers of the goods and services offered by the ground floor retailers, and employees in the form of lower non-mandatory compensation items, such as bonuses, benefits, 401K match, etc.

  2. $3B would hurt Lilly's bottom line if there were no insurance or Indemnity Agreement, but there is no way that large an award will be upheld on appeal. What's surprising is that the trial judge refused to reduce it. She must have thought there was evidence of a flagrant, unconscionable coverup and wanted to send a message.

  3. As a self-employed individual, I always saw outrageous price increases every year in a health insurance plan with preexisting condition costs -- something most employed groups never had to worry about. With spouse, I saw ALL Indiana "free market answer" plans' premiums raise 25%-45% each year.

  4. It's not who you chose to build it's how they build it. Architects and engineers decide how and what to use to build. builders just do the work. Architects & engineers still think the tarp over the escalators out at airport will hold for third time when it snows, ice storms.

  5. http://www.abcactionnews.com/news/duke-energy-customers-angry-about-money-for-nothing

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