Renewable Energy

City’s Covanta deal discourages rival recycling programs

August 4, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Details of a pending recycling deal with Covanta are emerging. Under the pact, the city of Indianapolis would face financial penalties if it launches other recycling programs.
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Experts expect higher electric bills amid tighter pollution rules

May 21, 2014
Associated Press
The Energy Department predicts retail power prices will rise 4 percent on average this year, the biggest increase since 2008. By 2020, prices are expected to climb an additional 13 percent, a forecast that does not include the costs of coming environmental rules.
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Plan approved for wind farm; Purdue to do research

April 24, 2014
Associated Press
Zoning officials have approved scaled-back plans for a northern Indiana wind farm where Purdue University researchers plan to study the impact of the towering turbines.
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Largest solar farm on Superfund site goes online

April 18, 2014
Associated Press
The nation's largest solar farm built on a federal Superfund site is now generating power in Indianapolis on property once tainted by a long-closed plant's wood-treating operations.
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Ball State prepares to idle its coal-fired boilers

March 19, 2014
Associated Press
Ball State University officials are preparing to stop burning coal at the campus steam plant as the school pushes ahead with its partial conversion to geothermal energy.
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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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Industry group says Indiana added 960 solar jobs

February 11, 2014
Associated Press
Tuesday's annual report by The Solar Foundation said Indiana saw a 178-percent increase in solar-industry jobs from 2012 to 2013.
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Wind farm says Duke violated contract

December 21, 2013
Dan Human
The owner of a northern Indiana wind farm says Duke Energy Indiana Inc.—which had agreed to buy energy the 87-turbine operation produces—breached its contract, “proving disastrous.
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U.S. invalidates 33.5M renewable fuel credits after fraud

December 18, 2013
Bloomberg News
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said it has invalidated renewable fuel credits sold by an Indiana company for biofuel it didn’t produce. The filing Wednesday follows fraud charges filed against the former owners of the Middletown-based E-Biofuels LLC in September.
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Dominion puts area solar-power projects into service

December 16, 2013
Associated Press
Dominion Resources Inc. said Monday that the three projects near Indianapolis are capable of providing enough electricity for up to 7,200 homes. Dominion acquired the projects in July from Sunrise Energy Ventures.
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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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Central Indiana city moves closer to solar park approval

November 7, 2013
Associated Press
The proposed 4,000-solar panel solar park would cover eight acres in Frankton, about 35 miles northeast of Indianapolis and be surrounded by a fence.
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Indiana coal industry battling EPA plant limits

November 6, 2013
Associated Press
Members of Indiana's coal industry and business community are heading to Chicago this week to fight against new limits on coal-fired plants they say would cost hundreds of jobs across the state.
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IDEM chief: Fed rules essentially ban new coal plants

October 30, 2013
Associated Press
The commissioner of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Thomas Easterly, told lawmakers that the pending federal regulations will essentially rule out coal-fired power plants that currently generate much of the state's electricity.
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Solar farm completed at Indianapolis airport

October 18, 2013
Associated Press
The project's private developers are leasing the land from the airport and selling the electricity generated from the 44,000 panels to Indianapolis Power & Light Co.
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Biofuel fraud case shines light on Imperial CEO

September 19, 2013
Dan Human
Federal prosecutors say Jeffrey Wilson did not initially know about a fraud scheme in Imperial Petroleum's new subsidiary, E-Biofuels, but allowed the deception to continue once he did, costing investors tens of millions of dollars.
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IndyGo to use $10M grant for all-electric buses

September 6, 2013
Kathleen McLaughlin
IndyGo will use a $10 million federal grant to convert 22 city buses to all-electric power. Each bus will cost about $550,000 to convert and will have a range of about 100 miles.
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Central Indiana city yanks support from solar-panel maker

August 22, 2013
Associated Press
Columbus is shutting off some of its financial assistance to a solar panel manufacturer because the company hasn't hired enough workers.
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Developer pushing central Indiana wind farm plans

May 28, 2013
Associated Press
A developer has slightly scaled back plans for a central Indiana wind farm as the company tries to win approval from county officials for the estimated $300 million project.
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Proposed requirements could sink Muncie-area wind farm

May 19, 2013
A central Indiana official says the tough conditions opponents of a planned wind farm are seeking for the project would leave little room for the proposed power-generating wind turbines.
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Top Indiana wind farm drafts bat-protection plan

May 15, 2013
Associated Press
The operators of Indiana's largest wind farm are proposing changing the nighttime operations of the farm's 300-plus wind turbines to protect endangered Indiana bats from being killed by the turbines' spinning blades.
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Foes organizing against central Indiana wind farm plans

May 13, 2013
Associated Press
A Chicago-based company is seeking permission from Delaware County officials to build about 30 turbines across 15,000 acres of agricultural areas northeast of Muncie.
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Simon taps Pace bonds to fund energy projects

April 8, 2013
Bloomberg News
Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. is among borrowers funding projects from rooftop solar panels to energy-savings systems using so-called Pace financing.
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Developer plans solar farms on 286 acres in southern Marion County

April 2, 2013
Dan Human
A Minnesota firm with a 15-year contract with IPL wants to install solar panels and power stations on two different sites as part of a $50 million-plus project.
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IPL boosts renewables portfolio with more solarRestricted Content

March 9, 2013
Farm planned for northeast of Indianapolis Motor Speedway will add to sun/wind capabilities.
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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.

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