• King Coal

    Many a man down in these here hills made a living off that old black gold. Now there ain't nothing but welfare and pills and the wind never felt so cold.  They come from the city to lend a hand carrying signs saying, shut the mines down. We ain't looking for pity and you don't understand.  So, go back to your city now cause this ain't your town. --Sturgill Simpson – "Old King Coal" Chills still run down my spine every time I hear the eerily prescient, outla...

  • Sustain IU: Energy and Climate Work On and Off Campus

    Indiana University is committed to sustainability within and beyond the Sample Gates. Our Bicentennial Strategic plan identifies “sustainability, stewardship and accountability for natural, human, and economic resources” as a core value of the University. This commitment reflects an understanding of the environmental changes we are experiencing and can expect in the future. To put it into perspective, the Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment suggests that under a...

  • Educating New and Current Workforce to Fulfill Advancing Energy Sector Needs

    As entire industries begin moving toward hybrid, electrified, and advanced power sources, a new set of talent and expertise is required in the workforce. In 2018, advanced clean energy jobs outnumbered fossil fuel jobs by four to one in the Midwest. Today, Asia and Europe are ahead of the U.S., as the needs for advanced power and batteries have grown exponentially. The state of Indiana is now well on its way to leading a new job growth with projects in the electrification of private...

  • Environmental Literacy for Indiana’s K-12 Students

    The world’s leading climate scientists have spoken. If left unchecked, the current rate of greenhouse gas emissions not only endangers the health and security of future generations, but could bring major environmental and social crises as soon as 2040. The landmark report issued in October by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicts climate-related risk to natural systems as well as to human health, livelihoods, food security, water supply, and...

  • David Broecker

    Discovery Park's Innovation Impact

    Together with the city of West Lafayette, Purdue University is embarking on a transformational placemaking project to create a new innovation community called Discovery Park District (DPD).  Comprised of more than 200-plus acres, more than $1 billion in new public/private development, and spanning the next 30 years, the vision for DPD is to create a so-called “smart community” that will become a destination for students, faculty, residents, companies, innovators, and...

  • Empowering Downtown Evansville's Renaissance With Smart Energy Technologies

    Downtown Evansville is undergoing a dramatic evolution, thanks in part to the state's Regional Cities Initiative, and a key contributor is the Post House - a $40 million mixed-use development that will include housing, retail and office space. However, the Post House has broader implications beyond supporting the downtown area's overall development landscape. It will serve as a "living laboratory" for smart energy research that can inform...

  • Natural Gas Fuels Financial Stability and Energy Freedom

    The logistics and refuse segments of the economy, in Indiana and across the nation, are increasingly turning to an alternative fuel that helps everyone breathe a little easier – natural gas.  There are a number of benefits of natural gas as a transportation fuel, including its domestic availability, established distribution network, relatively low cost and emissions benefits. And it’s a growing trend in the transportation sector.

  • Avoiding Accidental Franchise Pitfalls

    Most people think they know a “franchise” when they see one—McDonald’s, Subway, 7-Eleven, Anytime Fitness, to name a few. However, there are some franchise relationships that are not so obvious. Many business relationships, including those in manufacturing and distribution, could easily become “accidental” franchises if companies are not careful. 

  • Julie Furber, Executive Director, Electrification Business, Cummins Inc.

    Power Solutions for the Future

    Our world is facing some significant challenges including climate change – and that means our industry is facing some of the biggest technical changes and challenges in our lifetime. These changes have two primary drivers: an evolution of technology with improved performance and improving cost, and a regulatory environment focused on reducing criteria pollutants, CO2, noise, water and other environmental impacts. 

  • Indiana Can be a Driving Force in Technology Disruption

    Indiana companies and universities have a lot to offer when it comes to applying technology to the movement towards autonomous controlled vehicles.

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    Transforming Customer Experience Through Innovation and Technology

    Duke Energy provides safe, reliable power 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we’ve been doing that to the best of our abilities for over 100 years. In spite of that, many of our customers only think about Duke Energy when the power goes out and when the utility bill comes. But change is most certainly in the air. Increasingly, our customers tell us they want more than just a once a month, one-way communication that comes in the form of an electric bill.

  • Ballard served two terms as Indianapolis mayor and did not run for a third.

    Indiana is Case Study in Nation’s Energy Transformation

    Amid the news of the Carrier jobs deal delivered by President-elect Donald Trump and Governor (and Vice President-elect) Mike Pence, a bigger jobs story was playing out with less fanfare. 

  • Turning Trash into Electricity

    If you spend much time talking to the people of Wabash Valley Power about what we do, chances are good you’ll hear the phrase “deliberately different.” To us, it’s a lot more than a catchy slogan—it’s the guiding principle that led us into our position as an energy industry leader. When we say we’re “deliberately different,” we mean that we take a proactive approach to our energy supply portfolio.

  • Fueling Business Growth With Renewable Energy

    Hoosier-grown LightBound began from its roots over 20 years ago as Indiana's dial-up internet service provider, and has grown to new heights as the state's only remaining full-service provider of datacenter, internet and voice services. A large part of our corporate focus is on competing with larger regional and national service providers. How can we gain an edge, while still maintaining our reputation for superior customer support? Our latest strategic decision allows us to do both.

  • Mike Terry is president and CEO of IndyGo.

    Indy's Mass Transit Poised For Future Technologies

    It may seem surprising, but Indianapolis is becoming one of the most progressive cities in the nation in advanced transportation and smart technologies - the latest of which is an all-electric bus rapid transit line (eBRT), the Red Line. While many other cities are looking to past methods of mass transit, Indy is looking forward to using advanced technologies.

  • Could Indiana Lead Next Century of Innovation?

    Many Hoosiers are familiar with Indiana’s heritage in the automotive industry in launching some of the most famous names in history like Auburn, Cord, Duesenberg, Studebaker, and Stutz. It is also well known that at the turn of the 20th century, Hoosier innovators risked their careers, finances, and reputations in creating the largest racing venue the world had ever seen: Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Indiana was an incubator of innovation in advanced transportation.

  • Perception is Reality

    This fact often surprises people: a record-setting 26 million people from around the globe visited Indianapolis in 2014, 9 percent of whom were international visitors. Our visitors come to see a city teeming with sports tourism, cultural magnets like the world’s largest kid’s museum, the original LOVE sculpture (it’s not in Philly), concerts at White River State Park, and to convene inside the expanded Indiana Convention Center.
  • Changing Energy Landscape Requires Changing Energy Management

    Ask a teenager how a rotary phone works, and you'll just get a quizzical look. It is incredible to see how fast innovation has changed our daily lives. We are at the forefront of a similar revolution in how energy is produced and managed.
  • Social Entrepreneurship Is The New Black

    In his 2013 TED Talk, Harvard Business Strategy professor, Michael Porter, made his case for “why business can be good at solving social problems.” In his speech, he made the bold claim that even massive problems such as climate change and access to water won’t be solved until the business world solves them.
  • A Look at The Benefit Corporation

    Fifteen years into the new millennium, the idea that corporate profit should be a business' main objective has mellowed. Consumers want more, and they expect more. Led in large part by Millennials incorporating their social values into their everyday lives...
  • Perspectives

    • Baby Boomers Are Impacting the Building Industry

      There are currently 78 million baby boomers in the U.S., making up 25% of the population and controlling 67% ($28 trillion) of the country’s wealth, according to the Living In Place Institute. AARP says 90% of people surveyed want to remain as long as possible in their homes. The majority of those 65 and older remodel their home to make it safer and accessible. In fact, 45% of all remodeling work is being done for people over the age of 65. With this amount of data supporting...

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  • Most Popular Stories

    • Rendering courtesy of Two EEs Winery

      Two-EE's Winery to Adopt New Age Policy

      Two-EE's Winery in Huntington has announced it will adopt a new age policy begining in August. Our partners at WPTA-TV report the winery will no longer allow people aged under 21 to visit the establishment due to ongoing problems with unsupervised or misbehaving children. 

    • (Image courtesy of Elanco)

      Elanco Acquisition Moves Forward

      Greenfield-based Elanco Animal Health Inc. (NYSE: ELAN) is one step closer to adding to its portfolio. Shareholders of Aratana Therapeutics Inc. (Nasdaq: PETX), voted overwhelmingly in favor of proposed $245 million purchase by Elanco.

    • New Mixed-Use Development Planned for Fishers

      A new mixed-use development is coming to Fishers. Thompson Thrift Retail Group has announced the development of The Station, an office building that is part of an overall project that includes a 150-room hotel, a future retail pad along 116th Street and nearly 40 3-story townhomes.

    • (Image courtesy of the Ports of Indiana)

      Indiana Port to Host U.S. Navy Vessel Ceremony

      Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor to Host First Commissioning Ceremony in Indiana for a U.S. Navy Vessel Littoral Combat Ship Will Bear USS Indianapolis Name The Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor will host Indiana’s first U.S. Navy vessel commissioning ceremony when it commissions the USS Indianapolis littoral combat ship. 

    • (photo courtesy of the city of Bloomington)

      Bloomington Planning 'Kiln' Redevelopment

      The city of Bloomington is looking to continue the redevelopment of the former Showers Brothers Furniture Co. complex. Following the successful renovation of a former furniture factory into The Mill coworking space and incubator, the city is now planning to sell the Kiln, a one-story facility that was previously used to dry lumber before being used to fabricate furniture. The Kiln is located adjacent to The Mill and Alex Crowley, director of economic and sustainable development for...