Utilities

Telcos eye possible competition from electric utilitiesRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Chris O'Malley
A trade group for the state's telephone companies is wringing its hands over budding efforts of electric companies to offer so-called smart grids to better monitor and manage electric distribution.
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Indianapolis Waterworks' rate hike request excessive, critics sayRestricted Content

May 11, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Customer groups say an 18-percent rate hike sought by the Indianapolis Department of Waterworks is excessive even for a utility drowning in variable-rate bond debt that's swelled since financial markets collapsed.
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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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Cap and trade could be double-edged swordRestricted Content

April 20, 2009
Mike Hicks
Cap and trade could lead us to a much cleaner, more prosperous future or it could devastate our economy.
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Railroad getting boost from mine in Sullivan CountyRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Indiana Railroad Co. has coupled onto its "largest single new business opportunity ever" with plans to serve Peabody Energy's new Bear Run Mine in Sullivan County, said IRR President and CEO Thomas G. Hoback.
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IPL's plan to stave off power plant upgrades would cost at least $31MRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Chris O'Malley
In a move to delay construction of expensive new generating capacity, Indianapolis Power & Light wants to roll out "smart" electric meters to help customers conserve electricity.
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Indianapolis' sewer project will be the city's biggest public works undertaking since the interstate highway systemRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Chris O'Malley

City engineers and consultants are fine-tuning plans to build a colossal tunnel to temporarily store water and raw sewage that now shoots into local waterways during rain storms.

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Advanced energy next focus for economic developmentRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Chris O'Malley
The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership—the parent of the BioCrossroads, TechPoint and Conexus industry cluster initiatives—let it be known last month that there would be a fourth leg to its economic development stool: clean technology.
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Local contractors looking to sewer project to fill gap left by stadium, terminalRestricted Content

February 16, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Local contractors will be ready to pounce when bidding on the first parts of the combined overflow project begins in 2011.
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Judge clears Duke Energy attorneysRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Attorneys for Duke Energy, including its local counsel, won't face disciplinary actions over misrepresentations made about the status of a witness in a federal trial last May about air pollution violations.
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Groups seeks records tied to utility plant projectRestricted Content

January 19, 2009
Four Indiana public interest groups are complaining Gov. Mitch Daniels is ignoring a public records request they made Oct. 29 regarding Daniels' support of a Duke Energy coal gasification plant being built in Edwardsport.
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Green bills sprout at StatehouseRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Chris O'Malley
Legislation filed in the Indiana General Assembly this year seeks renewable energy mandates, stricter building codes throughout Indiana.
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Gas bills to rise in WestfieldRestricted Content

January 12, 2009
Saying its expenses are rising, Citizens Energy Group wants to raise its natural-gas delivery charge for customers in Westfield.
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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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Duke Energy CEO on 'elite' listRestricted Content

January 5, 2009
he CEO of the biggest electricity provider in Indiana has been ranked No. 50 on "The Global Elite" ranking of 50 influential individuals compiled by Newsweek.
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Something to think about as a new year dawnsRestricted Content

December 22, 2008
Bruce Hetrick
I think about the economic crisis, the housing crisis, the climate crisis, the energy crisis, the automotive crisis, the Middle East crisis, the education crisis, the college affordability crisis and all the other crises — real, imagined and manufactured — and I wonder whether they'll drive us to the precipice, or even the apocalypse, and whether we'll change at the last minute, and, should we survive, whether we'll remember what we want to forget or forget what we want to remember.
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IU launches new energy research centerRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
IU has launched another energy research center, this time the Center for Research in Energy, administered by the School of Public and Environmental Affairs, in Bloomington.
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Sugar Creek Utility Co. seeks rate reliefRestricted Content

November 17, 2008
Sugar Creek Utility Co. wants the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to grant it rate relief for the 84-lot manufactured housing community Riley Village.
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Hoosier Energy hit with $120M claim from John HancockRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Chris O'Malley
An electric co-op supplying power to customers in 48 central and southern Indiana counties could face a perilous spike in its financial load following a $120 million claim against it by insurance giant John Hancock Life Insurance Co.
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Indiana Municipal Power Agency buys wind power from IowaRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
The Indiana Municipal Power Agency said it has agreed to buy up to 50 megawatts a year from Crystal Lake Wind Energy Center in Hancock County, Iowa.
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Purdue University launches Center for Energy Systems and Policy to meld research, business, public policyRestricted Content

November 10, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Last month, Purdue University launched the Center for Energy Systems and Policy to make sure its researchers are working early in the process with business and public-policy experts at the university.
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: Delays to development projects cost everybody moneyRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Brian Mann
Here's a common scenario: A developer gets approval on zoning and planning permits to build a business on a piece of property. The business has signed an agreement to either lease or buy the building once it's completed. The owner of the business then begins making plans to open the new facility. The developer, meanwhile, goes to work to prepare the property for construction, which includes everything from figuring out the utilities, access road, curbs, sidewalks and landscaping. Working with...
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No perfect fit for Main Street: Small-business owners fall on both sides of political lineRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Whitney Lee
Joe the Plumber has been getting plenty of attention in recent weeks, but what about Kimberly the Merchant or John the Manufacturer? For all the talk about whether this year's presidential candidates favor Wall Street or Main Street, there's little discussion of the fact that neither Democrat Barack Obama nor Republican John McCain may be perfect for all small-business owners. Indianapolis manufacturing firm owner John Raine is backing McCain because of his stance on taxes and labor unions. Local shop...
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A renewed call for renewable energy mandate: State bucks trend by not forcing utilities to diversifyRestricted Content

October 20, 2008
Chris O\'malley
Indiana has become the lone state in the upper Midwest not requiring that utilities supply a certain percentage of their electricity from renewable resources, such as wind turbines and landfill gas. Last month, Michigan's legislature mandated that at least 10 percent of electricity supplied in that state be generated from renewable sources by 2015. Indiana's conspicuous lack of a standard, along with growing environmental concerns over coal, could improve prospects for passing a standard during the 2009 session of the...
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: How to avoid horror stories by pre-planning your moveRestricted Content

September 22, 2008
Melissa Lamb
If you've ever helped a friend move, you probably have horror stories to tell. About showing up to find not a single item boxed up. About countless cross-town trips in overloaded cars. About stacks and stacks of boxes labeled "Misc." Or about unconnected utilities, lost keys, miscommunications, out-of-service elevators...well, you get the picture. Those kinds of scenarios might cost you years of good-natured teasing after you're moving into your first apartment, but when the move involves a workplace, the stakes...
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