Utilities

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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Municipalities battle over township: Greenwood opposes Bargersville annexation plansRestricted Content

September 15, 2008
Chris O\'malley
BARGERSVILLE-This town of 2,500 has raised the ire of Greenwood leaders, daring to annex land close to the city's southern border and its sprawl of shopping centers. It's been a long time in coming-since 1905 or thereabouts. That's when the Illinois Central Railroad came through Bargersville, a burg created 55 years earlier in honor of local resident Jefferson Barger, and the heart of the town moved a half mile northwest to straddle the new tracks. These days, trains still rumble...
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Eco groups divided over gasification: New power plant has many critics, but some say it's a necessary stepRestricted Content

September 15, 2008
Chris O\'malley
One might think a technology promising greener electric generation would please most environmentalists. Duke Energy Corp.'s 630-megawatt coal-gasification plant, scheduled to go online in Edwardsport in 2012, is expected to emit less sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulates than the smaller, 1940s-era plant it replaces-while generating 10 times as much electricity. However, more than a dozen Indiana and national advocacy groups are decrying the $2.3 billion plant being footed mostly by ratepayers, claiming it will raise emissions of greenhouse gas...
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Citizens' new name is a gas-in a way: Parent company of local utility adds 'energy' to its moniker to reflect diversity of operationsRestricted Content

August 25, 2008
Chris O\'malley
Citizens Gas & Coke Utility on Aug. 25 will announce a new name and logo that reflect the diversification of its energy businesses and the closure last year of its 98-year-old foundry coke plant. Citizens Energy Group will be the name of the parent, a utility founded 120 years ago. Two units-Citizens Gas and Citizens Thermal-will retain their names. But a third, Citizens By-Products, will be renamed Citizens Resources. "We're entering a new era," said Citizens President and CEO Carey...
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Alternative-energy company eyes Indiana for 4 wind farmsRestricted Content

August 11, 2008
Cory Schouten

Alternative-energy giant Horizon Wind Energy is opening an Indianapolis office focused on developing up to four new wind farms in Indiana at a cost of more than $2 billion. The Houston-based company is renovating space on the top floor of the 12-story J.F. Wild Building at 129 E. Market St., where it plans to manage development of new wind farms in Indiana and Ohio.

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Reducing carbon emissions could send state power prices soaringRestricted Content

June 16, 2008
Chris O'Malley
A report from Purdue University suggests industrial customers in Indiana could see disproportional rate increases in the years ahead as the state's coal-intensive electric utilities are forced to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
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Revival in nuclear energy puts engineers in demand: Purdue concerned about possible shortage in fieldRestricted Content

May 26, 2008
Scott Olson
A renewed interest in nuclear energy coming at the same time aging workers are leaving the industry has created the elements for a shortage of nuclear engineers. Nuclear energy as an electricity source is enjoying a resurgence nearly 30 years after a reactor meltdown at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania severely tarnished the industry's image. Escalating oil prices and stiffening environmental regulations on coal-based systems are helping to spawn the rebirth of nuclear technology. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in...
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Energy savings program may not be bright idea: Duke ratepayer groups question complex payment planRestricted Content

April 14, 2008
Chris O\'malley
Duke Energy ratepayers have asked regulators for more time to study what they describe as an "unprecedented" way of paying for an energy-efficiency program the utility is proposing. They are concerned it might be a better deal for shareholders than customers. North Carolina-based Duke proposed its "save-a-watt" program last fall, arguing it will boost by more than 10 times the energy savings over existing efficiency options for its 777,000 Indiana customers. The program would offer such things as compact fluorescent...
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Acquisitions make Carmel company nation's largest underground utility locatorRestricted Content

April 7, 2008
Chris O'Malley
A former Indianapolis Water executive who spent the last six years helping the United Nations find food for the starving has returned and assembled the country's largest underground utility locator company.
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Charities are feeling pain of gas price spike: Groups scrambling for volunteers, dollars to beef up transportationRestricted Content

March 31, 2008
Jennifer Whitson
With gas prices on the rise-and expected to reach $4 a gallon this summer-local not-for-profits are losing volunteers and throwing money at skyrocketing transportation budgets. Indianapolis Meals on Wheels Inc. Executive Director Barb Morris is used to fielding calls from reporters whenever gas prices fluctuate. In the past, she quashed their theory that high prices at the pump drove away volunteers. Not now, though. "If you'd asked me four or five months ago, I would have said, 'Absolutely not,'" Morris...
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New utility consumer counselor is no stranger: Former Ameritech lawyer may have to reach out and touch consumer watchdogsRestricted Content

March 31, 2008
Chris O\'malley
Consumer groups didn't get a ponytailed zealot to head the Office of Utility Consumer Counselor. No surprise there. Gov. Mitch Daniels has been fond of appointing ex-industry insiders to lead agencies charged with monitoring those same industries. What the OUCC gets in former Ameritech attorney David Stippler is, at the very least, a man who already knows the utility industry in Indiana. The Evansville native has argued before its regulatory agencies for many years. "They don't have to forge a...
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Legislators tackle range of business-related measures:Restricted Content

March 24, 2008
Property tax reform took center stage during the just-completed session of the Indiana General Assembly. But lawmakers also grappled with a host of other measures with business implications. A roundup appears below. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION ENFORCEMENT One of the session's most divisive issues-whether to penalize companies that hire illegal immigrants-died during the waning hours. Under the legislation, introduced by Sen. Mike Delph, R-Carmel, companies could have had their business licenses suspended, or revoked after three instances. The Senate and House passed...
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VIEWPOINT: Indianapolis' utility acne syndromeRestricted Content

March 24, 2008
Tom Henderson
It took decades of turning a blind eye to get here: Indianapolis has draped itself in utility poles. Walk, ride, jog or drive to any major street in Indianapolis, with the exceptions of a few designated boulevards, streets and avenues. Take a mental picture of where you are. Now, with Photoshop in your mind, remove the web of utility poles and wires from that picture and quickly open your eyes. We're visually strangled by them. Few streets are exempt from...
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Citizens drops plan to use synthetic gas: Indianapolis utility says it can tap other suppliers and pay favorable pricesRestricted Content

March 10, 2008
Chris O\'malley
Citizens Gas has closed the valve on plans to buy synthetic natural gas from a $1.5 billion coal gasification plant slated for southwestern Indiana, leaving two other Indiana utilities as the initial customers. The Indianapolis gas utility attributed the pullout to the diversification of its gas supply since the Indiana Gasification LLC project was announced in October 2006. Citizens also signaled it would look at buying more supply through a gas purchasing authority it and two other municipal utilities created...
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Office tower bounces back: Renovated National City Center recovering from loss of SimonRestricted Content

February 25, 2008
Scott Olson
Once reeling from the loss of its largest tenant, National City Center now has a rising occupancy rate amid a major renovation that is resuscitating the aging office building. Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc. vacated 182,000 square feet in National City Center by moving to its new headquarters a block away in the fall of 2006. The departure left the 16-story tower at the southwest corner of Washington and Illinois streets 28-percent unoccupied after years of being nearly full. Owner...
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Uphill battle ahead: State poses tough test for new enviro leaderRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Chris O\'malley
By the time Jesse Kharbanda earned a Rhodes scholarship to study at Oxford, the University of Chicago student already knew he wanted to advocate environmental policies in the developing world, someday. Eight years later, some might say Kharbanda has landed in the developing world, all right-Indiana, insofar as it's considered the backwater of environmental stewardship. One might recall the state's 49thplace ranking in a 2007 review of "greenest" states by Forbes magazine. Only West Virginia-a national leader in illiteracy-scored worse....
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VOICES FROM THE INDUSTRY: The right time for climate change may finally be hereRestricted Content

February 11, 2008
Don Altemeyer
While the world's political climate is heating up, its economic climate is cooling down. Meanwhile, the real climate is finally getting the attention it really deserves, as the "tipping point" has been reached. Green is everywhere these days. New York Times For homes that no longer grow in value. If the personal consumption rates in China rose to the levels of the United States, annual oil consumption in the world would go up more than 100 percent! Oil consumption in...
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Bills would require utilities to reduce reliance on coalRestricted Content

January 21, 2008
Chris O'Malley
Two bills in the Indiana Legislature would require utilities that operate here to supply up to 25 percent of their electricity from renewable resources such as wind, landfill gas, and plant and animal waste. Backers say utilities need more incentive to diversify from coal-based power generation.
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New steam plant could propel Speedway revivalRestricted Content

December 31, 2007
Chris O'Malley
A unit of Citizens Gas proposes building a natural-gas-fueled steam plant in Speedway to serve large employers in the town of 12,800.
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  1. I am so impressed that the smoking ban FAILED in Kokomo! I might just move to your Awesome city!

  2. way to much breweries being built in indianapolis. its going to be saturated market, if not already. when is enough, enough??

  3. This house is a reminder of Hamilton County history. Its position near the interstate is significant to remember what Hamilton County was before the SUPERBROKERs, Navients, commercial parks, sprawling vinyl villages, and acres of concrete retail showed up. What's truly Wasteful is not reusing a structure that could still be useful. History isn't confined to parks and books.

  4. To compare Connor Prairie or the Zoo to a random old house is a big ridiculous. If it were any where near the level of significance there wouldn't be a major funding gap. Put a big billboard on I-69 funded by the tourism board for people to come visit this old house, and I doubt there would be any takers, since other than age there is no significance whatsoever. Clearly the tax payers of Fishers don't have a significant interest in this project, so PLEASE DON'T USE OUR VALUABLE MONEY. Government money is finite and needs to be utilized for the most efficient and productive purposes. This is far from that.

  5. I only tried it 2x and didn't think much of it both times. With the new apts plus a couple other of new developments on Guilford, I am surprised it didn't get more business. Plus you have a couple of subdivisions across the street from it. I hope Upland can keep it going. Good beer and food plus a neat environment and outdoor seating.

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