As IPL ditches coal in favor of natural gas at power plants in Indianapolis and Martinsville, the utility wants to close their coal ash pits, cover the tops with plastic membranes, and top them off with nearly three feet of sand and soil.
IPL has filed petitions with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to install $100 million worth of pollution controls at Petersburg, a move it says will allow it to meet strict environmental regulations.
Environmental groups that have hired scores of new lawyers in recent months are prepared to go to court to fight an order from President Donald Trump that eliminates many restrictions on fossil fuel production and would roll back plans to curb global warming.
Imagine a future when solar cells can be sprayed or printed onto the windows of skyscrapers or atop sports utility vehicles—and at prices potentially far cheaper than today’s silicon-based panels. It’s not as far-fetched it sounds.