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New energy-efficiency grants available to Indiana commercial, industrial firms

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The state is doling out $2 million in energy-efficiency grants for commercial and industrial businesses.

Conserving Hoosier Industrial Power, or CHIP, grants will range from $50,000 to $400,000. Eligible technologies include sensor-controlled lighting, chillers, furnaces and energy-management controls.

To be eligible, a business must have facilities of at least 30,000 square feet and annual energy costs in excess of $30,000. Larger industrial users must have minimum energy expenditures of $100,000.

Applications may be filed through July 16. See www.Energy.IN.gov.

The money comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, via the Indiana Office of Energy Development.

“Our biggest energy consumers are in the commercial/industrial sector,” said Brandon Seitz, director of the OED.

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  1. The free market will seek its own level. If Employers cannot hire a retain good employees in Marion Co they will leave and set up shop in adjacent county. Marion Co already suffers from businesses leaving I would think this would encourage more of the same.

  2. We gotta stop this Senior crime. Perhaps long jail terms for these old boozers is in order. There are times these days (more rather than less) when this state makes me sick.

  3. One option is to redistribute the payroll tax already collected by the State. A greater share could be allocated to the county of the workplace location as opposed to the county of residency. Not a new tax, just re-allocate what is currently collected.

  4. Have to agree with Mal Burgess. The biggest problem is massive family breakdown in these neighborhoods. While there are a lot of similiarities, there is a MASSIVE difference between 46218 and 46219. 46219 is diluted by some stable areas, and that's probably where the officers live. Incentivizing is fine, but don't criticize officers for choosing not to live in these neighbor hoods. They have to have a break from what is arguably one of the highest stress job in the land. And you'll have to give me hard evidence that putting officers there is going to make a significant difference. Solid family units, responsible fathers, siblings with the same fathers, engaged parents, commitment to education, respect for the rule of law and the importance of work/a job. If the families and the schools (and society) will support these, THEN we can make a difference.

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