Emissions

Utility watchdog: Ending efficiency program 'short-sighted'

June 3, 2014
Associated Press
The leader of Citizens Action Coalition said Indiana lawmakers put the state at a disadvantage when they passed a bill killing an energy-efficiency program that could have helped the state meet the new federal carbon-emission goal by 2030.
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Supreme Court upholds EPA rule on cross-state pollution

April 30, 2014
Associated Press
The 6-2 ruling was an important victory for the Obama administration in controlling emissions from power plants in 27 Midwestern and Appalachian states. Texas led 14 states, including Indiana, and industry groups in challenging the rule.
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Study: Fuels from corn waste not better than gas

April 21, 2014
Associated Press
A $500,000 study paid for by the federal government and released Sunday in the peer-reviewed journal Nature Climate Change concludes that biofuels made with corn residue release 7 percent more greenhouse gases compared with conventional gasoline.
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U.S. House backs bill to block EPA power plant rule

March 6, 2014
Associated Press
The Republican-controlled U.S. House moved Thursday to block President Barack Obama's plan to limit carbon emissions from new power plants, an election-year strike at the White House aimed at portraying Obama as a job killer.
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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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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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Sierra Club puts Harding coal plant in crosshairs

June 1, 2013
The Sierra Club wants the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to block an IPL plan to spend $511 million on pollution controls at its 39-year-old Harding Street plant, plus a four-unit station in the southwestern Indiana town of Petersburg.
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CountryMark paying $18 million for pollution controls

March 1, 2013
Associated Press
Government officials alleged Indianapolis-based CountryMark violated the law when the oil refiner expanded operations without obtaining proper permits and installing necessary pollution controls.
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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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Indy utility plans $511 million in power plant upgrades

January 22, 2013
Associated Press
Indianapolis Power & Light said ratepayers could expect a 2-percent to 3-percent annual increase for a "number of years," but said he did not know how long the increases would be in effect.
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Plant upgrades might cost IPL nearly $1 billionRestricted Content

April 28, 2012
Chris O'Malley
New federal mercury-reduction regulations may force Indianapolis Power & Light to spend nearly $1 billion to upgrade its coal-fired electric plants scattered around Indiana. Duke Energy is mulling everything from plant upgrades to shutting down older units.
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Trucking firms shunning costly clean-burning engines

March 3, 2012
Chris O'Malley
Trucking fleets, already buckling under higher costs for insurance and fuel, are finding ways around new rules that nearly eliminate nitrogen oxides and particulate matter but also sent prices of new trucks soaring.
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Duke uncertain about impact of Indiana unit shutdown

June 6, 2011
Associated Press
Officials at Duke Energy don't know how soon they will be able to shut down two coal-burning units at a southern Indiana power plant after deciding to drop a multimillion-dollar project to convert them to natural gas.
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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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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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State's big polluters spewed less last year

December 27, 2010
 IBJ Staff
EPA data show an 18 percent decrease in toxic emissions among big manufacturers and electric utilities, but it's unclear to what degree better practices—or the slow economy—had on declining levels.
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Toxic chemical releases decrease 18 percent in Indiana

December 16, 2010
Associated Press
The 2009 Toxics Release Inventory released Thursday shows releases of toxic chemicals to the environment by companies in Indiana decreased by 20.6 million pounds, or 18 percent.
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Duke Energy wins verdict reversal in clean-air case

October 13, 2010
Bloomberg News
The renovations complied with Indiana's plan for implementing the federal Clean Air Act, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in Chicago said in Tuesday's ruling.
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Hoosier Energy reaches settlement with EPA

July 23, 2010
 IBJ Staff
Rural electric cooperative to pay civil penalty of nearly $1 million for not using most modern pollution controls. Hoosier Energy also to spend up to $300 million on pollution controls at coal-fired plants.
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Proposed air pollution rule could cost utilitiesRestricted Content

July 17, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Indiana’s utilities are scrambling to assess the cost of tighter air pollution limits proposed this month by the Environmental Protection Agency that could drive up electric rates.
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Lugar's energy bill winning support

June 10, 2010
Bloomberg News
Lugar's bill may be able to muster the 60 votes needed for Senate passage because it wouldn't cap emissions or expand offshore drilling, two controversial issues in the Senate.
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IPL settles $190M dispute, resumes wind farm project

May 17, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Indianapolis Power & Light tilted at wind farm developer by terminating its contract. Now a new agreement avoids the potential $190 million in damages enXco sought against the local utility.
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Study: Indiana shows long-term decrease in air toxicsRestricted Content

May 8, 2010
Chris O'Malley
IDEM says in its newly released “ToxWatch” report that the level of air toxics over the last decade has “decreased to within levels acceptable to the U.S. EPA.
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IDEM chief choking on EPA's new ozone proposal

April 22, 2010
Chris O'Malley
Cost of proposed EPA ozone limit would far outweigh any potential health benefits, Indiana Department of Environmental Management commissioner says.
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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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