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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.