• (Image courtesy of Cummins Inc.)

    Cummins Expanding Indiana Wind Farm

    Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is expanding a wind farm in northern Indiana. The company says, when fully operational, the farm will generate renewable energy equal to the amount Cummins uses at its Indiana facilities. The expansion will add 75 megawatts of capability to the plant, which is enough to power about 20,000 average Indiana homes. The Meadow Lake Wind Farm complex currently has a capacity of 600 megawatts.

  • (Image courtesy of Calumet Specialty Products Partners)

    Calumet Selling Wisconsin Refinery

    Indianapolis-based Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP (Nasdaq: CLMT) has agreed to sell its Superior Refining operation in Wisconsin to Husky Energy Inc. of Canada. The deal is valued at $435 million and expected to close in the fourth quarter. Husky says it will retain the nearly 180 workers at the facility. The Canadian company plans to make investments into the facility.

  • (Image courtesy of BrightVolt Inc.)

    Ultra-Thin Battery Tech Company Adding Indiana Presence

    The Battery Innovation Center in Crane says an industry partner has "crossed-over" to set-up a dedicated operation within the public-private innovation hub for the first time. Interim President Ben Wrightsman compares the promise of the expanded partnership with Florida-based BrightVolt Inc. to "betting on a farm that already has a winning horse." He says a rechargeable version of the company's flat and flexible battery cells is expected to hit the market...

  • Vectren Seeks Approval For Natural Gas Storage Enhancements

    Evansville-based Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) is requesting approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission for a $14 million plan to put enhanced safety measures in place for its four natural gas storage facilities.

  • Crews expect to have the smokestacks completely removed by August 26.

    Ball State Smokestacks Coming Down

    The last signs of Ball State University's "coal era" are coming down. Workers from St. Louis-based Gerald Chimney Company are dismantling two smokestacks on the Muncie campus as part of the school's $83 million geothermal system installation. The school is installing what it calls the nation's largest closed-loop geothermal energy system.

  • NiSource is headquartered in Merillville.

    NiSource Swings to Loss in Q2

    Merrillville-based NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) is reporting a second quarter net loss of $44.3 million, compared to net income of $29 million during the same period last year. The company says the loss is due, in part, to expenses related to debt restructuring. 

  • Vince Griffin spent 19 years with the Indiana Chamber.

    Vince Griffin to Lead Indiana Advanced Energy Economy

    Former Indiana Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Energy and Environmental Policy Vince Griffin has been named executive director for Indiana Advanced Energy Economy. Its parent Advanced Energy Economy, which expanded its presence in Indiana last year, advocates for policies to support energy-related businesses. Griffin retired last year from the chamber. The national organization is led by Chief Executive Officer Graham Richard, a former Fort Wayne Mayor.

  • The AEP subsidiary is headquartered in downtown Fort Wayne.

    I&M Seeking Electric Rate Increase

    Fort Wayne-based Indiana Michigan Power is seeking approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to raise its electric rates by nearly 20 percent by 2019. The rate increase is part of the utility’s Building the Future proposal, which seeks to reduce power outages through system improvements.

  • Go Electric located recently to the Purdue Polytechnic facility.

    Battery Tech Startup on 'Cusp' of Bigger Things

    The chief executive officer of Anderson-based Go Electric Inc. says the energy technology provider is "on the cusp of a major growth spurt." Lisa Laughner says a new, $1.7 million contract to provide a battery storage system for the microgrid at the Tooele Army Depot in Utah provides further validation for the startup. The deal with Perini Management Services Inc. is the second big defense-related contract for Go Electric.

  • (Image of Dave Roberts courtesy of LinkedIn)

    Roberts to Lead Innovation Efforts at IEDC

    The Indiana Economic Development Corp. has a new chief innovation officer. Dave Roberts, who previously served as president of the Battery Innovation Center at the WestGate @ Crane Technology Park, will oversee innovation and entrepreneurship efforts at the IEDC. He succeeds Ian Steff, who was appointed deputy assistant secretary of commerce for manufacturing by the Trump Administration in March. Roberts will be the second person to serve in the position.

  • (photo courtesy Inovateus Solar)

    Notre Dame Solar Array Online

    The University of Notre Dame has unveiled a new solar array that will be used to power its Kenmore Warehouse in South Bend. The nearly 145-kilowatt array is part of the university's commitment to reduce its carbon footprint by more than half by 2030.

  • (Aerial rendering provided by Kitselman Pure Energy Park)

    $60M Project to Transform Development 'Restrictor'

    After four years of preparation, demolition and remediation, the owner of Kitselman Pure Energy Park in Muncie says construction is underway. Plans for the $60 million project at the old Indiana Steel & Wire Co. property include a new headquarters for DD Dannar LLC, a South Carolina mobile power station company relocating to the property, as well as a five megawatt solar power plant, community center, hotel, retail and green space.

  • (Image courtesy of Cummins Inc.) The announcement is slated to take place Wednesday at Cummins' global headquarters.

    Officials to Outline $80M in Columbus Investment

    Details on an $80 million investment in downtown Columbus will be unveiled at a new conference Wednesday afternoon. Officials from the city, state, Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) and the rail transit companies will be on-hand for the announcement. Few details on the two planned projects have been publicly released. Inside INdiana Business will be in the Bartholomew County city for the announcement. The news conference is expected to include...

  • Energy Co-Op Board Fires CEO

    The board of directors for Bloomfield-based Utilities District of Western Indiana has approved the termination of Brian Sparks as chief executive officer. The board says Sparks "did not fulfill management expectations" for the electric cooperative. 

  • Hoosier Lineworkers Making Global Impact

    Two Hoosiers involved in a volunteer program bringing electricity to remote villages in a developing Central American country are touting the success of a third trip. Project Indiana: Empowering Global Communities for a Better Tomorrow this time around involved representatives of 17 power cooperatives throughout the state. Indiana Electric Cooperatives Vice President Gayvin Strantz says the project has a big impact on the villagers' quality of life in a short period of time.

  • Moving Forward IHCDA

    Moving Forward 3.0 Deadline Extended for Critical Lake County Projects

    The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA), in partnership with Energy Systems Network, is extending its Request For Qualifications (RFQ) on the newest iteration of the Moving Forward Program to July 10. Moving Forward creates affordable housing that ties in important cost savings in the areas of transportation and energy while increasing the quality of life for residents based on location and other factors.

  • Purdue Motorsports partners on autonomous vehicles.

    Drive for Autonomous Vehicles Spurs Partnerships

    May of 2018 will see a new autonomous division in Purdue’s popular evGrand Prix karting program, but it was clearly in the works at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during preparations for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.

  • © The new Cope Environmental Center in Centerville, Wayne County.

    Wayne County Ed Center Aims High for Environmental Success

    An east-central Indiana nonprofit that’s been educating children and adults alike on sustainable environmental practices for decades is on track for a rare recognition. The Cope Environmental Center (CEC) could soon be one of a handful of buildings in the United States to meet the Living Building Challenge (LBC), some of the most rigorous proven performance standards for buildings in the world.

  • Duke Energy Indiana's solar farm at NSA Crane covers 145 acres.

    Ribbon Cut on New Duke Solar Plant at Crane

    A massive new solar array at Crane in southwest Indiana cements an important partnership between the U.S. Navy and Duke Energy Indiana. The operation is a major step in the diversification of energy portfolios for both parties.

  • (Image of the commercial assembly plant courtesy of AM General)

    'Intelligent' EV Maker Agrees to Buy AM General Plant

    A Chinese-owned, Silicon Valley-headquartered company has announced an agreement to acquire the Mishawaka commercial assembly plant of South Bend-based AM General LLC. SF Motors says it plans to produce "environmentally-friendly, intelligent" electronic vehicles in St. Joseph County. The company is a subsidiary of Chongqing Sokon Industry Group and says it intends to retain the facility's full current work force and invest $30 million into upgrades.

  • IKEA Adding EV Charging Stations in Fishers

    IKEA says it is continuing its commitment to sustainability at its new location in Fishers. The Swedish retailer has announced plans to install three electric vehicle charging stations at the store, which is set to open this fall.  

  • Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott (photo courtesy city of Hammond)

    Hammond Banks on Going Green

    The city of Hammond has announced a partnership with Illinois-based Leopardo Energy on a new energy savings program. Mayor Thomas McDermott says the 14-month program will help the city reduce its carbon footprint and lower expenses. The effort will involve upgrades to facilities, streetlights and fleet vehicles.That will include new LED lights, automation controls and upgraded HVAC systems at city buildings such as the Public Works Complex, Civic Center and police and fire stations. ...

  • (Rendering of proposed Camden Recycling LLC facility)

    Carroll County Touts Economic 'Surge'

    The Carroll County Economic Development Corp. says new industry and industrial park investment totaled nearly $425 million last year. Executive Director Laura Walls says the county is experiencing "a significant surge of interest." The biggest development in 2016 was a planned $300 million to $410 million recycling center and plastics-to-diesel refinery in Camden.

  • (photo courtesy Duke Energy Indiana)

    Officials Cut Ribbon on Solar Plant at NSA Crane

    Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch joined officials from Planfield-based Duke Energy Indiana, the Department of the Navy and Naval Support Activity Crane to cut the ribbon on a 17-megawatt solar power plant at the naval base. The solar plant includes 76,000 solar panels across 145 acres.

  • OUCC, Vectren Reach Agreement on Rate Case

    The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor says it has reached a settlement with Evansville-based Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) on a proposed seven-year electric infrastructure plan. The agreement, which requires approval by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, reduces Vectren's proposal by more than $67 million.

  • Global Company to Open U.S. HQ in Elkhart

    Furrion, which has its main office in Hong Kong and locations throughout the world, will Thursday celebrate the grand opening of its U.S. headquarters in Elkhart. The manufacturer says the facility will initially house 30 employees with the potential to add 50 more over the next year.

  • Utility Operations Drive Vectren Profit

    Evansville-based Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) is reporting first quarter net income of $55.4 million, up from $48.3 million during the same period the previous year. The utility says the earnings were slightly offset by losses in its infrastructure services and energy services divisions.

  • (photo courtesy IMPA)

    IMPA Cuts Ribbon on Anderson Solar Park

    The Indiana Municipal Power Agency has cut the ribbon on its largest solar facility in Indiana. The five-megawatt Anderson 1 Solar Park consists of nearly 20,000 solar panels and has the ability to power more than 500 homes.

  • IURC to Hear Comments on Vectren Rate Case

    The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission is holding a public hearing Tuesday evening in Evansville to hear comments on Vectren Corp.'s (NYSE: VVC) proposed seven-year, $514 million plan for system improvements. If approved, the plan would result in annual fixed rate increases adding up to more than $13 by 2024.

  • Rendering courtesy of the city of Evansville.)

    Evansville, Vectren Teaming up For Solar Farm

    The city of Evansville and Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) are partnering on a planned $5.5 million solar project. The farm, located off of U.S. 41 near Oak Hill Cemetery, still needs approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. Plans call for the 15-acre array to include some 8,000 panels. It will be the city's first ever public solar project.

  • PaperWorks Invests in Energy Efficiency in Wabash

    Pennsylvania-based PaperWorks Industries Inc. has invested $3.5 million in an effort to reduce energy consumption at its Wabash plant. The work was completed with the assistance of Duke Energy, which provided incentives to the company.

  • In all, the company is planning 10 solar farms.

    Indiana Continues Upward Trend in Solar Energy

    Indiana is holding steady and trending upward in several categories in terms of solar energy generation. A report released this week by a global solar promotion group finds that jobs in Indiana’s solar industry increased by 72 percent in 2016 over 2015. 

  • Purdue University is partnering with Cummins and others to reduce fuel consumption in Class 8 trucks.

    Purdue, Cummins, Ready to Kick Off Fuel Project

    A Purdue University research team is launching a project in conjunction with Cummins Inc. and others aimed at reducing fuel consumption in freight-moving trucks. The goal is to develop control systems that can interconnect trucks with cloud-based information and other vehicles. 

  • Solar School System Sets Example

    The Sheridan Community Schools system in Hamilton County is in just its first year of using solar energy as its sole power source, but administrators say they’re already seeing dividends in student engagement and community support. A recommendation from an HVAC worker in 2015 led Sheridan school leaders to investigate savings that might be gained from a solar installation and, by the fall of 2016, all three schools were getting their power from the sun.

  • The Electronics Fundamentals Program is hosted in a new learning lab at the Battery Innovation Center

    Inaugural Fundamentals Course Starts Strong

    A new electronics training program housed at the Battery Innovation Center (BIC) is already changing outlooks among its students, even though it’s only a few weeks underway. The Electronics Fundamentals Program was two years in the making and involves several collaborators, including Vincennes University, WestGate Authority and southwest Indiana economic development agencies.

  • OUCC Seeking Comment on Vectren Rate Increase

    The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is seeking public comment on Evansville-based Vectren Corp.'s (NYSE: VVC) proposed seven-year, $514 million plan for system improvements. If approved, the average customer could see annual fixed increases on their residential bills through 2024.

  • Jim Stanley was named COO in 2015.

    NiSource COO to Retire

    Merrillville-based NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) has announced Chief Operating Officer Jim Stanley will retire later this spring. Additionally, the company has promoted two to its executive leadership team. Stanley has served as COO and executive vice president of NiSource since July 2015.

  • (photo courtesy Duke Energy)

    Duke Energy President Named ESN Board Chair

    Indianapolis-based Energy Systems Network has named Doug Esamann board chairman. Esamann, who currently serves as executive vice president of energy solutions and president of the Midwest and Florida regions for North Carolina-based Duke Energy Corp. (NYSE: DUK), has served on the ESN board since 2015.

  • First Propane School Buses Run in Northwest Indiana

    Students in East Chicago are among the first in northwest Indiana to ride on propane-fueled school buses. The School City of East Chicago began running the six new buses this month, thanks in part to a grant from the BP Whiting Refinery.

  • The hybrid is the only one of its kind.

    Sports Car Supporting Rose-Hulman Fetches $2.39M

    The auction proceeds from a rare car will benefit Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The $2.39 million sale of a McLaren P1 Hypercar that was owned by an RHIT alumnus will endow a faculty chair at the Terre Haute school. The hybrid sports car is considered a pioneering machine. The Alfred R. Schmidt Chair for Excellence in Teaching will be named after a former faculty member who taught for 46 years at the school.

  • Ellis says the bill addresses many issues that have been at a stalemate in recent years.

    Chamber: Energy Bill 'Good First Step'

    The Indiana Chamber of Commerce says an energy bill making its way through the Indiana General Assembly will help the state maintain a competitive edge and allow companies to better control energy costs. SB 309 aims to give businesses more flexibility in generating their own energy and increase transparency in utility rate reviews. Chamber Vice President of Energy and Environmental Policy Greg Ellis calls the measure a "good first step" to addressing...

  • Purdue Mechanical Engineering Professor Kejie Zhao (left) and Industrial Engineering Professor Gary Cheng (right) lead a team focusing on nanotechnology for developing lithium-ion batteries.

    Purdue Projects Receive Navy Funding

    A partnership between Purdue University and the military is bearing fruit. Six research projects at Purdue have received a share of $2.7 million through the NEPTUNE program. The collaboration kicked off in 2014 and is designed to push forward the U.S. Navy's goal of converting half its energy consumption to alternative sources by 2020.

  • The facility consists of about 72,000 solar panels on 145 acres of land. (photo courtesy Duke Energy Indiana)

    Duke Solar Plant Operational

    Plainfield-based Duke Energy Indiana has begun commercial service at its first large-scale solar power plant at Naval Support Activity Crane. The $41 million facility consists of about 76,000 solar panels and can generate up to 17 megawatts of power. The plant sits on about 145 acres of land leads to Duke Energy by the Department of the Navy. The utility says the plant can send clean, renewable energy to customers throughout its 69-county service area. "This is a landmark devel...
  • IPL Withdraws Rate Increase Request

    Indianapolis Power & Light Co. has withdrawn its request for a rate increase that would be used to cover construction costs for a new natural gas plant. The utility says the timeline for completion of the plant has changed, which led to the decision to withdraw.

  • Indiana Fiber Network CEO to Retire

    The chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based Indiana Fiber Network LLC has announced his retirement. Kelly Dyer, who became the telecommunications provider's first paid employee in 2004, has spent nearly 40 years in the industry. Prior to his career with IFN, he served as executive vice president and general manager of one of IFN's owners, Daviess-Martin County RTC.

  • Vectren Profit Increases in 2016

    Evansville-based Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) is reporting full-year net income of $211.6 million in 2016, up from $197.3 million the previous year. Chief Executive Officer Carl Chapman says the success of the company's utility operation was due largely to gas infrastructure investment and cost control efforts.

  • NiSource Profit Grows

    Merrillville-based NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) is reporting full-year net income of $328.1 million in 2016, up from $198.6 million the previous year. The utility says the strong performance was driven by the execution of its long-term infrastructure modernization programs.

  • Solar Farm a Go in Greenfield

    A $4 million solar power farm in Greenfield is moving forward. The Greenfield Daily Reporter reports the city has approved the sale of 17 acres to the Carmel-based Indiana Municipal Power Agency to serves as the location of the more than 11,000 panels. The city received $170,000 for the property. The publication says the farm is the second large-scale solar project launched in Hancock County over the last year.

  • I&M Launches Latest South Bend Project

    Fort Wayne-based Indiana Michigan Power has launched the latest project as part of its $170 million Powering Up Greater South Bend program. The Central South Bend Reliability project includes the construction of two new substations and two miles underground transmission lines.

  • Former Utility CEO Sentenced to Prison

    The former chief executive officer of the Hendricks Power Cooperative has been sentenced to 33 months in federal prison. Donnis Mizelle plead guilty to embezzling nearly $600,000 from the cooperative. Mizelle had served as CEO from 2003 to 2015.

  • The utility's Indiana headquarters is in Plainfield.

    Duke Energy Unveils Economic Development Incentives

    Plainfield-based Duke Energy Indiana has unveiled new incentives its says will help drive economic development throughout the state. The utility has announced an improved Economic Development Incentive program, which will allow eligible companies to save 10 to 30 percent on their electric bills annually.

  • The Rockport Generating Station is I&M's lone coal-fueled power plant in Indiana. (photo courtesy AEP)

    OUCC Seeking Comment on I&M Rockport Case

    The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is taking public comment on Indiana Michigan Power's rate increase proposal filed with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. The utility says the 1.6 percent overall rate increase will help cover the cost of installing new emission controls at its Rockport Generating Station.

  • Peter Schubert is the founder of Green Fortress Engineering. (photo courtesy IUPUI)

    IUPUI Startup Lands NSF Grant

    The National Science Foundation has awarded a $225,000 grant to an IUPUI-based startup. Peter Schubert, founder of Green Fortress Engineering Inc., says the company will use the one-year grant to develop technology that will more efficiently store solid-state hydrogen fuel.

  • Kinetrex operates two liquefied natural gas production facilities in Indianapolis.

    Equity Firm Acquires Kinetrex Energy

    Chicago-based private equity firm Parallel49 Equity has acquired Indianapolis-based Kinetrex Energy from Citizens Resources, a subsidiary of Citizens Energy Group. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, though Kinetrex Chief Executive Officer Aaron Johnson says no jobs will be lost as a result.

  • Langham co-founded Langham Logistics in 1988.

    CICP Names Executive Committee

    The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership has elected its 2017 executive committee members. Cathy Langham, chief executive officer of Langham Logistics Inc., will serve as chair for the second consecutive year. 

  • IoT Company With Indiana Connections Lands $10M

    Maryland-based Blue Pillar Inc., which has an office in Indianapolis, has secured $10 million from investors. The latest funding round is from a group that includes Elevate Ventures and Carmel-based Allos Venture Management Co. Ltd. The rest of the investors include Great Plains Energy Inc.-affiliate GXP Investments, EnerTech Capital, Allos Ventures, Arsenal Venture Partners and Claremont Creek Ventures.

  • (Image of Kokomo solar farm during construction courtesy of Inovateus Solar.)

    Kokomo Solar Project Online

    A $10 million solar project in Kokomo is now complete. The 26-acre project is located on a superfund site that was once home to a Continental Steel plant. The property, which is owned by the city, has received tens of millions of dollars in environmental remediation since the company's bankruptcy in the mid-1980s. Installation was handled by South Bend-based Inovateus Solar LLC and the 7 megawatt project is being managed by Alterra Power Corp. of Canada.

  • The YMCA of Muncie is one of the 2016 recipients.

    OED Awards Community Conservation Grants

    The Indiana Office of Energy Development has awarded more than $170,000 in Community Conservation Challenge grants. The department says the funds will be used to support projects that reduce energy consumption or generate energy from renewable sources.

  • IPL Looking to Increase Rates

    Indianapolis Power & Light Co. is seeking approval for a rate increase from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to cover the cost of a new natural gas plant. If approved, IPL customers could see their monthly electric bills increase by around $10.

  • Duke Hydro Station Upgrades Approved

    The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has approved plans to upgrade and modernize Plainfield-based Duke Energy Indiana's Markland Hydro Station near Florence. The $152 million project received approval following a settlement agreement between Duke and the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor.

  • Energy Program Provides Next Step For Innovation

    The Purdue University entrepreneur who was chosen this week to take part in the new Chain Reaction Innovations program at the prestigious Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois will allow him to take his patent-pending technology to the next level. Ian Hamilton, the chief executive officer of Atlas Energy Systems, says he will use the two-year program to further the development of his idea to convert nuclear waste into usable energy. Hamilton says his goal is to...

  • (file photo)

    Indiana CNG Stations Land New Owner

    Five compressed natural gas fueling stations throughout Indiana are now under new ownership. New York-based American Natural Gas LLC has acquired Baltimore-based Constellation CNG LLC, which owned fueling stations in Indiana and Ohio.

  • Indiana Entrepreneur Named to Energy Program

    A Purdue University entrepreneur is one of five chosen for the Argonne National Laboratory's new Chain Reaction Innovations program. A panel of judges selected Ian Hamilton, chief executive officer of Atlas Energy Systems, to take part in the initiative, which aims to accelerate the development of sustainable energy technologies.

  • 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. 

  • Two new solar panels are added to the Oldenburg convent's farm garage. Photo by Lohrum Elecrical

    Indiana Convent Adds Solar Panels

    A group of nuns in southeastern Indiana has been minding their carbon footprint since 1851, although their environmental stewardship didn’t go by that phrase when their convent was founded. Now the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg find that technology is allowing them to be more energy efficient as they continue to pursue goals of care and service.

  • ECSIA is preparing for a 2017 commercial launch of its agricultural equipment.

    Sustainable Ag System Preps for Commercial Launch

    The founder of a self-contained agriculture project is preparing to make the modular system available for sale in early 2017, but says it’s already in use in Indiana and around the world. The launch is a big leap for an effort that began as a labor of love by a father for his son.

  • The BIC opened near the Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center in August 2013.

    Contribution Advances BIC Security Efforts

    A $500,000 contribution from Duke Energy means Indiana’s Battery Innovation Center will be able to develop new protocols for protecting microgrids from cyberattacks. Security and energy accessibility are critical to providing safe and reliable power to consumers. 

  • Dan Hellmuth (Hellmuth + Bicknese), Alec Berger (Lafayette Adult Resource Academy), Elva James (Area IV Agency), Jeff Ryan ( RealAmerica, LLC), Jacob Sipe (IHCDA), Glynn Barber (ECSIA), Carl Worthington (Carl Worthington & Associates/OZ Architects)

    Moving Forward Program Takes on New Challenge

    An Indiana initiative kicked off in 2015 to develop energy efficient affordable housing in conjunction with transportation solutions is tackling the problem of generational poverty in its second phase. The partner agencies behind Moving Forward believe the right project execution will do more than alleviate current impediments to low-income families; it will change their futures.

  • (Image of the river view from Seitz Park courtesy of South Bend Parks and Recreation)

    Notre Dame to Use St. Joseph River For Power

    A new 50-year agreement with the South Bend Board of Parks will give the University of Notre Dame the rights to build and run a hydroelectric generation facility on the St. Joseph River. The facility will be located on the dam downtown and the deal includes provisions for the university to pay the city $1 million for renovation to nearby Seitz Park. Under the agreement, the city will transfer a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission exemption to Notre Dame.

  • Indiana Michigan Power Names President & COO

    Fort Wayne-based Indiana Michigan Power has named Toby Thomas president and chief operating officer. The Waveland, Indiana native will begin his new role January 1.

  • Biodiesel Scammers Sentenced to Prison

    The chief executive officer and a co-owner of a former biodiesel business are behind bars for fraud. The office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana says Jeffrey Wilson and Craig Ducey will serve 10 years and more than six years, respectively, for their roles in cheating investors and purchasers out of millions of dollars. Wilson and Ducey join five others who have received federal jail time for a scheme involving...

  • Gary Gigot is the co-founder and CEO of Vennli.

    Vennli CEO Joins Inovateus Solar Board

    South Bend-based Inovateus Solar LLC has expanded its board of directors by adding the co-founder and chief executive officer of tech company Vennli, also based in South Bend. Inovateus says the addition of Gary Gigot will enhance its plans to expand solar services throughout the country.

  • IMPA Adds Troy Utilities

    The Indiana Municipal Power Agency has added the town of Troy as its 60th member community. The Perry County town says its current electric contract is set to expire early next year, which led to the decision to join the IMPA.

  • Greg Ballard (pictured left) and Graham Richard (pictured right) will head up Indiana AEE efforts.

    Ballard, Richard Push Advanced Energy Benefits

    Former mayors of the state's two largest cities will lead the Indiana efforts for a national business group focused on non-traditional energy industries. Former Fort Wayne Mayor Graham Richard is chief executive officer of the national Advanced Energy Economy organization, while former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard will serve as senior fellow for Indiana Advanced Energy Economy. A new study published by Indiana AEE says 48,000 jobs in the state are tied to advanced energy businesses...
  • 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.

  • The Energy Center at Ivy Tech's Lafayette campus, where students learn about solar, wind, geothermal and other energies.

    Students Score Energy Technology Scholarships

    Merit scholarships are providing a boost to Hoosier students studying for energy sector certifications and the well-paying jobs that go with them.

  • Oxford Place Senior Apartments are high-efficiency units on a former Superfund site.

    Superfund Site Becomes Net Energy-Positive Housing

    An Indianapolis neighborhood that was once home to a chemically-contaminated business site is now the location of one of the greenest – if not the greenest – buildings in the state. .

  • Solar Earth Lawn Care truck with retrofitted solar panels mounted on cab

    Solar-powered Lawn Business Finds Niche

    A central Indiana lawn care company has shifted its focus to a sustainable energy model that’s making customers happy and improving the owner’s bottom line. In a business landscape filled with plenty of lawn mowing companies, Gus Mariscal knew he’d have to come up with something radically different in order to make his outfit not only stand out from the rest, but make it financially viable as well. 

  • A plaster repair workshop at the vintage Smogor House in South Bend

    “Vintage Green” Workshop House Teaches, Sells

    A historic home in South Bend used by a preservation group as a site to teach sustainable renovation practices has already garnered new owners. The Smogor House was one of three identical kit houses in the area built by the Smogor Lumber Company. 

  • (photo courtesy Indiana Michigan Power)

    I&M Brings Fourth Solar Plant Online

    The latest solar plant from Fort Wayne-based Indiana Michigan Power is now online. The Watervliet Solar Power Plant, located just east of Watervliet, Michigan has more than 50,000 panels and can generate up to 4.6 megawatts of electricity. That’s enough to power 650 homes each year.

  • NIPSCO Plans to Close Coal-Fired Units

    One of Indiana's largest energy providers has detailed a long-term strategy to significantly cut back on its use of coal. Merrillville-based NIPSCO has filed an Integrated Resource Plan with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, which proposes retiring coal-fired units at Bailly Generating Station in Chesterton and two coal-fired units at R.M. Schahfer Generating Station near Wheatfield. The shutdowns could take place in Porter County in 2018 and Jasper County by the end of 2023.

  • The facility is located on a landfill near Buffalo.

    Landfill Gas to Provide Power in Northwest Indiana

    A new landfill gas-to-energy generating plant has opened in White County. The operation near Buffalo is the 16th of its kind from Indianapolis-based Wabash Valley Power Association. The power cooperative says Liberty III is the third LFGTE plant at the Waste Management landfill. Liberty I fired up in 2005, while Liberty II started in 2010. Wabash Valley Power Association has invested big in landfill methane generation in recent years.

  • Image courtesy of TEI.

    Citizens Subsidiary Makes Investment

    Indianapolis-based Citizens Energy Group subsidiary Kinetrex Energy Exploration & Production has acquired a 50 percent stake in Knox County oil assets. Under the terms of the agreement, Newburgh-based Trey Exploration Inc. will continue to operate the property.

  • (photo courtesy AEP)

    I&M Seeks Approval For Emission Reduction Efforts

    Fort Wayne-based Indiana Michigan Power seeking approval to make emissions improvements to one of the two units at its Rockport Plant in Spencer County. The utility says the controls will reduce nitrogen oxide emissions.

  • (Image courtesy of Indiana Michigan Power)

    Mayor: Region Would Score Big With Proposed Port

    The mayor of Lawrenceburg says he's viewing the prospect that Indiana's fourth port would be located in his city as a "group project" involving surrounding communities. "Obviously, we're going to be good stewards of whatever is given to us in Lawrenceburg," but Kelly Mollaun says he's looking to collaborate with stakeholders in Dearborn County and neighbors like Aurora and Greendale to help see the project through.

  • Solar Park Opens in Huntingburg

    Officials have cut the ribbon on a new solar farm in Huntingburg. The Indiana Municipal Power Agency says the two-megawatt facility includes nearly 7,900 solar panels and can produce enough energy to power more than 200 homes.

  • Ribbon Cut on Dale Solar Farm

    Officials have dedicated a new 4,100-panel solar array in Dale. Southern Indiana Power, Dubois REC and Hoosier Energy say the array, located just north of the Dale interchange on Interstate 64 in Spencer County, is capable of producing enough electricity to power about 150 homes each year.

  • Officials cut the ribbon on the facility this past weekend.

    Hoosier Energy Opens Landfill Generation Station

    Bloomington-based Hoosier Energy is has begun operations at its latest landfill methane generation facility. The 16-megawatt Orchard Hills Generating Station, located just south of Rockford, Illinois, turns landfill gas into electricity.

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    As gubernatorial candidates and members of the upcoming General Assembly continue to discuss funding solutions for major infrastructure needs, an IUPUI researcher believes a new study has identified the best long-term option. School of Public and Environmental Affairs Assistant Professor Jerome Dumortier, co-author of the research, says a vehicle mileage tax and other adjustments would help boost state and federal road work coffers.

  • More than 100 school children joined IMPA officials for the ribbon cutting.

    Ribbon Cut on Washington Solar Park

    The Indiana Municipal Power Agency has cut the ribbon on a solar park in the city of Washington. The utility says the IMPA Washington Solar Park covers 23 acres and includes more than 15,500 panels that can produce up to four megawatts of energy, enough to power over 450 homes.

  • (Image courtesy of Citizens Energy Group)

    Input Sought in Westfield Sewer, Gas Rate Cases

    The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is seeking public comments on proposed natural gas and sewer rate increases by Citizens Energy Group in Westfield. The utility cites rising operating and maintenance costs and the need for capital infrastructure improvements as reasons for the proposed increases.

  • Freeman to Fill IURC Vacancy

    Governor Mike Pence has selected Sarah Freeman to fill the vacancy on the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission. Freeman will serve the remainder of former commissioner Carolene Mays-Medley's term, which expires in December of 2017.

  • (Image courtesy of The Times of Northwest Indiana)

    BP OKs Major Investment in Whiting

    BP PLC (NYSE: BP) has announced the next large-scale project at its Whiting Refinery. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report the company has approved construction of a new hydrotreater, an effort that will cost hundreds of millions of dollars and create hundreds of construction jobs.

  • The plant began operations in June 2013.

    Duke Energy, State Reach Final Edwardsport Settlement

    A final settlement between Duke Energy Indiana Inc., state regulators and environmental groups is now in the books. The agreement ends years of court battles revolving around who is on the hook for expenses related to the company's $3.5 billion coal gasification plant in Edwardsport. The utility has agreed to pay around $88 million in operating and maintenance expenses for the facility that began operating in 2013.

  • NIPSCO Considering Closing Coal-Fired Units

    Merrillville-based Northern Indiana Public Service Co. says it is considering closing four coal-fired electric generation units at two power plants. The utility says while no final decision has been made, costs to continue operating all of its coal-fired units could be approximately $1 billion over seven years.

  • Governor Pence's selection will serve the remainder of Carolene Mays-Medley's term, which expires December 2017.

    Nominees Announced For IURC Vacancy

    The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has selected three nominees to fill the vacancy on the commission. The person chosen by Governor Mike Pence will succeed Carolene Mays-Medley, who was appointed executive director of the White River State Park Development Commission in April.

  • (Image courtesy of I&M)

    I&M Progresses on Solar Goals

    Another solar power plant has begun generating power in the state. Fort Wayne-based Indiana Michigan Power says the Twin Branch operation, just east of Mishawaka, doubles the utility's solar capacity. Construction began in October and the facility has a 2.6 megawatt generating capacity. Twin Branch is located near the big AM General LLC assembly plant in Mishawaka.

  • INVESTIndiana Lands Keynote Speaker

    The 2016 INVESTIndiana Equity Conference has unveiled its keynote speaker. David Johnson, chief executive officer of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and CEO of BioCrossroads will give the opening remarks for the conference on September 15 at the Indianapolis Downtown Marriott.

  • George says Canada is Indiana's "biggest customer."

    Energy Key to Indiana-Canada Relationship

    The consul general of Canada says energy will play a growing role in country's relationship with Indiana. Douglas George is in Indianapolis for the Indiana Conference on Energy Management. He says Canada, as Indiana's largest energy supplier, provides heavy crude oil to the BP Whiting Refinery, which was retrofitted to take Canadian oil. George says the relationship will likely grow on green technology and alternative sources of energy.

  • Decommissioned Gary Power Plant to Come Down

    Merrillville-based NISPCO has announced plans to level a northeast Indiana power plant that has gone largely unused for 15 years. The demolition of the Dean H. Mitchell Electric Generating Station in Gary is expected to take two years. NIPSCO says clearing the property will help open it up for potential future development with a focus on creating investment, jobs and a tax base for the region."

  • (Image provided by Midwest Wind and Solar LLC)

    Competition Exposure Still a Win for Indiana Solar Company

    The owners of Midwest Wind and Solar in Griffith say they're still realizing the benefits of taking part in a solarization campaign that linked them to residents and municipalities in the northwest part of the state.

  • Plans for Urban Warehouse Farm Growing Again

    A project that places sustainable hydroponic farms in unused urban warehouses is ready to expand its reach in Indianapolis while dialing back its carbon footprint at the same time.

  • BlueIndy Takes Off at Indianapolis Airport

    Electric car-sharing service BlueIndy says its new stations at Indianapolis International Airport are already logging between 10 and 15 percent of the service’s overall use, since opening at the end of May, and more new offerings are on the horizon.

  • (Image Courtesy of IPL)

    IPL Cuts Ribbon on Giant Energy Storage System

    Indianapolis Power & Light’s latest innovation in energy management is up and running: the first grid-scale energy storage system in the United States used to provide a reliability resource called primary frequency response.

  • NIRPC to Cut Ribbon on Public EV Charging Station

    The Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission, NIPSCO and South Shore Clean Cities are set to unveil Tuesday the commission's first public electric vehicle charging station. The project is part of NIPSCO's IN-Charge Around Town program, which aims to make alternative fuels more accessible to drivers in northern Indiana.

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