Southern Indiana Coal Mine to Close
Princeton-based Gibson County Coal LLC has notified the state it will be laying off 185 employees, mostly coal miners, as it shuts down production at the Gibson North Mine. Gibson Coal, a subsidiary of Oklahoma-based Alliance Resource Partners LP (Nasdaq: ARLP) blames the layoffs on deteriorating export markets for its coal.
IEA Says Wind Energy Boosted Q3 Earnings
INDIANAPOLIS -- Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives Inc. (Nasdaq: IEA), an Indianapolis-based infrastructure construction company, has announced third-quarter net income of $12.6 million, compared to $5.7 million during the same period a year ago. The company specializes in energy, petrochemical and heavy civil infrastructure construction, such as wind farms.
Gov. Holcomb Declares Emergency on Propane Shortage
Citing an emergency with the state’s propane supply, Governor Eric Holcomb has signed an executive order which waives some of the time restrictions for truck drivers who haul the fuel. “The current demand for propane exceeds the locally available supply of propane,” states the executive order. Throughout the Midwest, there have been reports of propane shortages and long lines at terminals where truck drivers pick up their load of propane. The governor’s offi...
Bigger Plans Ahead After Red Line Launch
The long-awaited and much talked-about Red Line has launched in Indianapolis, and IndyGo’s new chief executive officer has an even bigger vision for mass transit in central Indiana. After years of planning, gathering support and construction work, the Red Line launched over Labor Day weekend. The line runs for 13 miles, from the Broad Ripple neighborhood to the University of Indianapolis, and uses a 100% electric bus fleet. IndyGo, the city’s public transportation...
RNG Plant to Turn Landfill Gas Into Fuel
Work is underway on what Indianapolis-based Kinetrex Energy says will be the largest renewable natural gas (RNG) project in Indiana. Chief Executive Officer Aaron Johnson says the project is the latest sign that Indiana is becoming a national leader in renewable fuels. Kinetrex is working with Australia-based sustainable energy producer EDL and South Side Landfill of Indianapolis on the $25 million project. The companies say, when complete, the facility on the south side of...
Fort Wayne Launches Electric Scooter, Pedal Bike Pilot
Indiana’s second-largest city has gotten into the scooter business. Fort Wayne has tapped Chicago-based VeoRide to help a 16-month pilot program to bring e-scooters and pedal bikes to the city. The pilot is underway with several dozen e-scooters already having arrived in the city. It will ultimately involve up to 300 e-scooters and 150 pedal bikes. “We are thrilled to be working with the City of Fort Wayne to provide its residents with a sustainable transportation...
Major Wind Conference Blowing Into Indiana
Indiana continues to make a name for itself in wind energy, and the industry is taking notice. CLEANPOWER, which bills itself as the largest gathering of clean energy technologies for utility-scale renewable companies in the Western Hemisphere, is coming to Indianapolis in 2021. The American Wind Energy Association expects 10,000 attendees and exhibitors, including wind energy companies, developers, turbine manufacturers, energy storage technology companies and more. Jana Adams...
NiSource Quarterly Loss Narrows
Merrillville-based NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) is reporting a third quarter net loss of $7.2 million, compared to a loss of $345 million during the same period last year. Chief Executive Officer Joe Hamrock says the results have positioned the utility to deliver on its financial commitments for 2019.
NIPSCO Announces Plans for Wind Farm
The vast expanse of wind turbines in northwest Indiana appears to be set for expansion. Northern Indiana Public Service Co., a subsidiary of Merrillville-based NiSource (NYSE: NI), and Texas-based EDP Renewables North America LLC have agreed to collaborate on a 302-megawatt wind farm in White County.
Cummins Executive Testifies on Climate Legislation
The lack of a cohesive national policy on climate protection and vehicle emissions will stymie research and development efforts by manufacturing companies like Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI), according to Cummins Vice President of Global Research and Technology Wayne Eckerle. Eckerle was one of seven witnesses who testified on Capitol Hill before the House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change. Wednesday’s hearing focused on the decarbonization of heavy-duty...
Cloverdale Ethanol Plant Closes
South Dakota-based POET LLC, the nation’s largest biofuels producer, is moving forward with a plan to shut down its biorefining plant in Cloverdale, leaving 50 Hoosiers without jobs effective Friday. The company tells Inside INdiana Business that it is not making any changes to the plans announced two months ago.
Developer: Madison County Solar Farm Project in Jeopardy
A proposed $110 million solar farm in Madison County appears to be in jeopardy and the developer, Illinois-based Invenergy LLC, is signaling it may pull out of the project. According to our partners at The Herald Bulletin, Invenergy officials said the defeat of a requested tax abatement by the Madison County Council could make a proposed solar farm financially impossible.
NIPSCO Exploring Power Options
Northern Indiana Public Service Company has opened its next round of request for proposals to examine which combination of likely resources can best meet customers electric needs. This round of requests will meet capacity needs until 2023 after NIPSCO's plan to retire all coal-fired generation by 2028, and to replace it with cleaner, lower cost options.
Duke Energy Targets Net-Zero Emissions
A utility company with a major presence in Indiana is making more moves toward clean energy. North Carolina-based Duke Energy Corp. (NYSE: DUK) this week updated its climate strategy, saying it now has a goal of hitting net-zero carbon emissions from electric generation by 2050.
Evansville Regional Airport Begins Solar Project
Evansville Regional Airport is marking the beginning of construction of a $6.5 million solar covered parking canopy. The airport says the parking installation will generate 1.3 megawatts of power and will supply one-half of the terminal's power. The new canopy will cover nearly 400 parking spaces and will be the largest of its kind in the U.S.
CLEANPOWER Conference Coming to Indy
Indianapolis has landed another big convention. The American Wind Energy Association is bringing the second annual CLEANPOWER conference to the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indy in 2021. More than 10,000 attendees and 600 exhibitors are expected for the four-day conference, which Visit Indy says will drive an estimated $10.5 million in economic impact for central Indiana. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, AWEA Senior Vice President of Member Value Experience...
Indiana Mayors Tout Solar Energy
Five Indiana mayors have joined a bipartisan group of over 250 municipal leaders from across the country in support of solar energy. The group signed on to a letter with the Environmental America Research & Policy Center "to make solar energy a key element of our communities' energy plans", according to the letter.
Energy Companies Reach Deal on Indiana Wind Farm
Two energy companies have completed a 15-year power purchase agreement for renewable energy from a Jay County wind farm. Colorado-based Scout Clean Energy and Exelon-owned Constellation have agreed to a purchase of 80% of the renewable energy and capacity generated by the 130 MW Bitter Ridge Wind Farm.
United Way Announces Award Recipients
The Basic Needs Fund is one of three new United Way of Central Indiana impact initiatives announced earlier this year that will address poverty in our region by partnering with community-based organizations who align with the goals and metrics of the fund, which include housing, f
Indiana 'Bullish' On Clean Energy Jobs
As one of the country’s most manufacturing-heavy states, some green technology stakeholders are concerned that Indiana will not move quickly enough to grow its clean energy jobs. However, a new report from a national non-partisan group shows some encouraging numbers, suggesting Indiana’s economy is getting a bit greener. E2 bills itself as a group of business leaders and investors advocating for smart policies that benefit the economy and the environment.
Climate Change Survey Highlights Hoosier Concern
A new statewide survey suggests climate change is a growing concern among Hoosiers, and the majority would like to see increased efforts to address its impact. The survey is part of one of Indiana University’s Grand Challenges: the $55 million Prepared for Environmental Change effort. The main takeaways seem to paint a clear picture. Researchers say 80 percent of respondents believe climate change is happening to either a great or some extent, and 75 percent believe it will...
Colts Tackling Energy Needs With Solar
When the Indianapolis Colts kick off their 2019 season this fall, the team plans to bring a new energy to the field. The Colts are the latest National Football League team to work with a national solar energy provider to go greener and save some money. The Colts are teaming up with North Carolina-based POWERHOME Solar to install solar panels at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, which serves as the team’s headquarters and practice facility. POWERHOME founder and...
'Tremendous' Enthusiasm Building For Autonomous Racing
In the middle of all the activity around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May was a workshop that could help put Indiana in a position to show off its strength in a high-demand area of research and technology. Industry and education leaders came together to talk about how racing and technology could come together to highlight the rapidly-growing field of autonomous vehicles. The idea seems like a natural - use the Racing Capital of the World as a backdrop for a global autonomous...
I&M Plans Large Solar Facility in South Bend
Fort Wayne-based Indiana Michigan Power has announced plans for what it says will be its largest solar generation facility. The nearly $37 million project in St. Joseph County will have a 20-megawatt capacity, which the utility says will provide enough energy to power 2,700 homes each year.
Duke Energy Receives OK for Solar Pilot Program
A pilot program from Plainfield-based Duke Energy Indiana is moving forward. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has approved the effort, which the utility says will make it easier for businesses, schools and nonprofits to have solar energy at their facilities.
Shelby County Solar Project Moves Forward
Plans for a massive solar installation in Shelby County continue to move forward. The Shelby County Development Corp. says the $175 million Speedway Solar project has received all necessary approvals from local authorities, with construction set to begin in 2022.
Construction to Begin on Plastics-to-Fuel Plant
California-based Brightmark Energy will today break ground on its $260 million plastics-to-fuel plant in the northeast Indiana town of Ashley. The 112,000-square-foot facility, which the company says will be the first of its kind in the nation, is expected to create 136 full-time jobs when fully operational. The plant will use a state-of-the-art process to recycle plastic waste that has reached the end of its useful life, including items that normally cannot be recycled, such as...
Duke Energy Chooses Sites for Readiness Program
Duke Energy has chosen six Indiana communities to participate in its Site Readiness Program, which finds, evaluates and improves sites for potential industrial development. Site development companies and an engineering company will assess the sites and make recommendations. Properties typically chosen for the program are at least 40 acres, served by the utility, or a vacant industrial building with at least 20,000 square feet.
NiSource Quarterly Profit Drops
Merrillville-based NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) is reporting first quarter net income of $205 million, down from $276 million during the same period last year. Joe Hamrock, chief executive officer of NiSource, says the results were primarily driven by the execution of the company's long-term utility infrastructure modernization programs.
Vectren Natural Gas Plant Proposal Denied
A nearly $800 million proposal by Vectren South in Evansville has been shot down. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has issued an order unanimously denying the utility's plan to build a natural gas-fired generation plant in Posey County. The commission said it was not convinced that "the utility's proposal would allow it flexibility and optionality." Vectren first announced plans for the facility in February 2018. The following August, the Indiana Office of...
New Co-op Aims to Create 'Solar Movement'
A group of Indianapolis residents has formed the first solar cooperative in the city. The Indiana chapter of nonprofit Solar United Neighbors will allow members to purchase and install solar panels using a single installer at a group rate. SUN Indiana Program Director Zach Schalk says the organization is focused on building a solar movement in Indiana by fighting for better solar policies. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Schalk said he hopes to expand the...
Study: Clean Energy Jobs Rise, But Growth May Slow
A new study shows the number of clean energy jobs in Indiana increased 4.7 percent in 2018, however that growth could stall moving forward. An analysis of energy jobs data from Illinois-based Clean Energy Trust and nonpartisan business group Environmental Entrepreneurs, or E2, says the state added more than 3,800 jobs last year, bringing the total number of clean energy jobs to nearly 87,000. Micaela Preskill, Midwest advocate for E2, says the growth was led by an...
Bloomington to Unveil Renewable Energy Task Force
Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton will Monday announce the initial members of a task force that will consider the feasibility of a city-wide renewable energy initiative. The city says the first phase of the task force will provide technical review of and recommendations about a renewable energy system proposed during Hamilton's State of the City address.
Bloomington Looks to Bring Solar Citywide
A Bloomington nonprofit is looking to bring renewable energy to households normally left in the dark when it comes to solar power. Indiana Solar For All is part of a partnership looking to help low- and fixed-income Hoosiers tap into the power of the sun. Solar For All's objectives are simple: increase and accelerate the adoption of solar energy in Indiana and expand access to it, especially to lower-income Hoosiers. The organization partnered with the city of Bloomington and its...
Study Highlights the Business Cost of Climate Change
Climate change is expected to have a significant impact on all living things for generations to come, spanning issues ranging from animal habitat preservation to how farmers will produce food to feed a growing population. Economically speaking, however, the effects may be a mixed bag when it comes to commercial and residential energy use. That’s the focus of a recently-released report from Purdue University and IUPUI researchers, Climate Change and Indiana's Energy Sector...
New Testing Center to Help Energy Tech 'Talk'
The Battery Innovation Center is making some history in the sector. The Greene County facility says it is becoming the first commercially-accredited test laboratory to certify grid devices, systems and applications to work within the Open Field Message Bus (OpenFMB) framework standard. While their terminology may sound complicated, the goal is simple – getting breakthrough battery technologies to talk to each other. The OpenFMB framework, ratified in 2016 by the North American...
New Battery Tech Could Drive Electric Cars Farther
Two Purdue professors are looking to take electric vehicle technology to the next level. The pair says its "refillable" battery could provide enough energy for a car to run about 3,000 miles. John Cushman, distinguished professor of earth, atmospheric and planetary sciences and mechanical engineering professor Eric Nauman have co-founded IFBattery in hopes of commercializing the technology. Cushman calls the battery a "very novel construct." The company...
BIC to Launch New Certification Lab
The Battery Innovation Center in Greene County has announced plans for a new certification lab. The facility, which tests and evaluates energy storage systems, will become the first commercially accredited test laboratory used for the certification of a new energy grid language known as the Open Field Message Bus framework standard.
Former Congressman to Chair NiSource Review Board
Former U.S. Congressman and Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood will chair the new Quality Review Board for Merrillville-based NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI). The board is an independent body formed to provide oversight and governance over the company's implementation of its Safety Management Systems.
NiSource Swings to Full-Year Loss
Merrillville-based NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI) is reporting a net loss of $65.6 million in 2018, compared to net income of $129 million the previous year. The utility company says the results are due largely to expenses related to gas explosions that occurred in Massachusetts last September.
Vectren, CenterPoint Merger Complete
Houston-based CenterPoint Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNP) has completed its $6 billion merger with Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) in Evansville. The combined company, known as CenterPoint Energy, says it now has assets totaling $29 billion. Plans for the merger were first announced in April. The company will remain headquartered in Houston, though its natural gas utility and Indiana electric utility businesses will be headquartered in Evansville. CenterPoint Energy will also continue to...
Kinetrex To Expand Production
Kinetrex Energy has installed new $4 million cold box at its liquefied natural gas plant on the northwest side of Indianapolis, which the company says will expand the plant's production capacity by 30 percent. The newly-installed Air Liquide cold box is expected to go on-line in early February 2019. “We are in the process of modernizing and increasing production of the LNG North plant, which was originally built in 1991,” said Aaron Johnson
NIPSCO to Open Three Wind Farms
Merrillville-based Northern Indiana Public Service Co. has announced the first phase of plans to convert to renewable energy by adding three new wind farms. The new farms would be tied into NIPSCO’s electric system and serve nearly 500,000 customers. NIPSCO's plan to be coal-free by 2028 includes replacing coal-fired generation with wind, solar and battery storage technology.
Energy Challenge Shows Sustain IU's Strength
Indiana University says its Bloomington campus-wide Energy Challenge made a big difference in 2018, to the tune of 566 metric tons of carbon removed from the university’s footprint. The competition - calling on residence halls, academic and athletic facilities to make moves to save water and electricity - is part of a larger effort to make the school known for cream and crimson a little more green. The 2018 Energy Challenge ran from October 8-November 2, with the campus...
I&M Going Interactive With Energy Efficiency
A growing number of people are becoming accustomed to asking Alexa or Google when they want to hear music, make a call, watch videos and more. Now, an Indiana utility wants to use smart speaker technology to connect to its customers and ultimately try to help them improve energy efficiency. Fort Wayne-based Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), which is an operating company of American Electric Power, says its customers can get information on how they use energy by using voice commands...
Green Roofs Part of Notre Dame's Higher Calling For Sustainability
The University of Notre Dame has taken its green efforts to new heights. The school is touting what it calls the largest green roof in Indiana. The more than 79,000 square-foot installation sits on top of the Joyce Center, home to the Fighting Irish Athletics Department and the Purcell Pavilion arena. The project marks the fifth and largest green roof Notre Dame has installed on campus, including three buildings around the football stadium. The others are at the Morris Inn, Corbett...
NIPSCO Looks to Ride Energy ‘Revolution’
The president of Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) says she is seeing a "real revolution" in the energy industry, and wants to make sure the utility is part of the movement. Violet Sistovaris says that’s much of the motivation behind the utility’s "Your Energy, Your Future" effort. The goal is simple, but ambitious: cut coal dependency, which is currently about 65 percent, down to essentially zero over the next 10 years.
Vectren Opens Solar Farms
The sun is now powering a part of southwestern Indiana after Evansville-based Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) opened two solar farms in Vanderburgh County. Vectren officials joined representatives from the city of Evansville Tuesday to open the two, 2-megawatt solar arrays. One array is near Oak Hill Cemetery on Morgan Avenue where Vectren will lease the city's land, and the other project is on Highway 41 near North High School. The Highway 41 array also includes battery...
Electric Co-Op Acquires Wintek Corp.
Tipmont REMC in Mongtomery County has announced the acquisition of Lafayette-based technology and fiber solutions provider Wintek Corp. The electric cooperative says the deal is part of its plan to offer fiber broadband service and it expects to announce the name of the service next spring.
Shelby County Solar Project Lands Buyer
Indianapolis-based Wabash Valley Power says it has committed to purchasing 100 percent of the energy produced by the forthcoming Speedway Solar project in Shelby County. The wholesale electric supplier says the solar array, when complete, will generate enough power to serve 35,000 households in Indiana.
CenterPoint Energy Names Executive Team
Texas-based CenterPoint Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNP) has announced an executive team to lead the combined company following the pending merger with Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) in Evansville. The merger is expected to close in the first quarter of 2019. CenterPoint Energy President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Prochazka will serve in the same role for the combined company, which will be named CenterPoint Energy, with a headquarters in Houston.
IDEM Submits Volkswagen Mitigation Plan
The Indiana Department of Environmental Management has unveiled the final plan for spending more than $40 million awarded to the state through Volkswagen's settlement of Clean Air Act violations. The funding will support projects over a 10-year period to address nitrogen oxide emissions from Volkswagen vehicles. Governor Eric Holcomb in 2017 created an 11-member Indiana Volkswagen Environmental Mitigation Trust Fund Committee to work alongside IDEM to develop the mitigation plan. The...
Duke Energy Foundation Issues Grants
Indiana nonprofit environmental organizations will benefit from grants from the Duke Energy Foundation. Ten organizations will receive $154,577 to improve the state's environment. “We understand the importance of maintaining a commitment to environmental responsibility in our communities,” said Melody Birmingham-Byrd, Duke Energy Indiana state president. “That’s why we work with a number of stakeholders to develop initiatives that lessen the impact o...
Duke Energy Makes Executive Appointments
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK) has announced new leadership appointments for two Indiana executives. Current vice president of Indiana government affairs, Stan Pinegar, will become Duke Energy's state president in Indiana. Pinegar will manage state and local regulatory relations, along with community affairs. He joined Duke in 2012 after being president and CEO of the Indiana Energy Association.
Construction on $150M Wind Farm Gets Greenlight
A $150 million wind energy development is moving forward in east central Indiana. The 130 megawatt Bitter Ridge Wind Farm in Jay County is a project of Colorado-based Scout Clean Energy. Plans call for up to 59 wind turbines to be installed throughout 12,000 acres. The project has been approved for 10-year tax abatement and will now move on to final design, procurement and construction phases. Chief Executive Officer Michael Rucker says...
Cummins, BIC Teaming Up
As Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) continues to boost its emphasis on electrified power, the global manufacturer is partnering with the Battery Innovation Center at the WestGate @ Crane Technology Park. The collaboration involves workforce training as well as testing and validation services for Cummins technology. Over 1,000 Cummins employees are currently working toward completing BIC courses that include advanced energy storage technology topics, chemistry and safety.
NIPSCO Names New Leaders
Northern Indiana Public Service Company has chosen three Indiana-based employees to administer various business functions to help their nearly 1.2 million electric and natural gas customers. Michael Hooper is now senior vice president of regulatory and legislative affairs and strategy. He is responsible for regulatory and legislative activities. Hooper replaces Frank Shambo who retires at the end of the year. Benjamin Felton is now senior vice president of...
Town of Advance Opens First Solar Park
The ribbon has been cut on the first solar park in Boone County. Town of Advance officials joined the Indiana Municipal Power Agency on Wednesday to recognize the milestone. IMPA President and CEO Raj Rao says Advance is now one of 18 IMPA members to have a solar park. “IMPA’s ongoing commitment to providing a low-cost, reliable and environmentally responsible power supply to our 61 communities is a top priority for the Agency,” said Rao. "The...
Vectren Reaches Agreement on Solar Farm
Evansville-based Vectren Corp. has reached a settlement agreement regarding the utility’s plan to build a 50-megawatt solar farm in Spencer County. The agreement, which still requires approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, allows Vectren to recover costs of the project at a lower rate than originally proposed.
Rensselaer Opens Second Solar Park
The city of Rensselaer has opened its second solar park in the community. It's one of only 17 Indiana Municipal Power Agency members to have a solar park, their first was completed in 2014. Mayor Stephen Wood says the community is a founding member of IMPA and was one of the first three members to have a solar park. “When the opportunity arose to add a second solar park, we welcomed the chance to not only broaden the generation resources in our community, b...
Facebook ‘Likes’ Randolph County Wind
One of the biggest names in technology is turning to Randolph County for some of its alternative energy supply. Texas-based EDP Renewables North America LLC has inked a 139-megawatt, 15-year power purchase agreement with Facebook. The energy will come from the company’s Headwaters II Wind Farm in the eastern Indiana community. Project Manager Paul Cummings says construction on the $300 million wind farm is set to begin next year, likely in the third quarter, in hopes of having...
Solar, Tech Fueling Posterity Heights
Fort Wayne’s Moving Forward project is bringing a first to the state’s second-largest city – a large solar array, which is part of an ongoing effort to make the development affordable for the community’s highest-need families. Posterity Heights is a $42 million affordable, sustainable housing development being built in southeast Fort Wayne. It's being developed by Indianapolis-based BWI LLC on the site of the former McMillen Apartments. A key aspect of the...
Ramping Up Renewables: Study Spotlights Standard Strength
Size and design matter when it comes to regulations to promote renewable energy development. That is one of the main findings from a study led by an Indiana University researcher looking at the expansion of renewable energies and generation. IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs Associate Professor Sanya Carley lead the research team, which also included...
Moving Forward Goes Rural
A statewide effort to promote affordable housing through sustainable design is widening its focus to reach some of the most underserved Hoosiers. Moving Forward is taking its efforts rural, and organizers have selected three teams to help breathe new, green life into properties throughout the state. Indianapolis-based nonprofit Energy Systems Network (ESN) and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) partnered to launch Moving Forward in 2015.
Duke Energy Reaches Settlement on Plant Costs
Plainfield-based Duke Energy Indiana says it has reached a settlement agreement with the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor and other consumer groups regarding rate increases to cover operating costs for the utility's Edwardsport coal gasification plant. The utility says, if the agreement is approved, customers will pay $30 million less for such costs.
IURC Approves NIPSCO Natural Gas Rate Increase
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has approved a settlement agreement regarding Merrillville-based Northern Indiana Public Service Co. LLC's proposed natural gas rate increase. The new rates will be phased in over the next two years and NIPSCO says the additional revenue will be used to fund infrastructure upgrades.
Cummins Charging Ahead on Electric Tech
Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is continuing a push toward more electric and hybrid-powered technology. The manufacturer has announced an agreement with KAMAZ PTC, a Russian industrial and commercial vehicle company, on bus and truck production. Thursday's announcement comes on the heels of Cummins showcasing an array of its electric and hybrid vehicle tech at high profile industry events in Germany. Cummins and KAMAZ have partnered on engine technology through...
NIPSCO Considering Plan to End Coal Use
Merrillville-based Northern Indiana Public Service Co. LLC says an analysis suggests the utility could eliminate its use of coal within 10 years. The analysis is part of NIPSCO's future electric supply planning process and indicates the most viable option for customers would be to retire the majority of its remaining coal-fired generation units in five years and end use of all coal by 2028. The utility cites other energy resources such as...
Notre Dame Program Aims to Bridge Energy Gap
Researchers at the University of Notre Dame are teaming up with counterparts in Africa to launch an energy innovation center in Uganda. The university says it is part of a program called Energy E3 - Empowering Nations to Power Their Nation, which seeks to bring electricity to low- and middle-income countries.
IPL Credit Proposal Approved
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has approved a proposal from Indianapolis Power & Light Co. to credit $9.5 million back to customers over the next six months. The credit is the result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the utility say the average residential customer will pay approximately $1.50 less on their monthly electric bills.
SF Motors Requesting Tax Incentives
A California electric vehicle manufacturer is seeking tax abatement on part of its major investment plans in Mishawaka. The South Bend Tribune reports SF Motors is requesting incentives from the St. Joseph County Council that could total close to $900,000. The seven-year abatement, which would apply to an initial $20 million equipment investment on the former AM General commercial assembly plant, would go into effect next year.
British Ambassador Meets With South Bend Mayor
A visit this week to South Bend by British Ambassador to the United States was designed to help boost the relationship between the United Kingdom and the U.S. regarding clean growth and energy efficiency. Kim Darroch met with Mayor Pete Buttigieg to discuss development of electric vehicle and green energy technology. The discussions highlighted the city's "smart transportation" efforts, which include municipal charging stations at City Hall. The pair met at...
Vectren Shareholders OK Merger
Evansville-based Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) shareholders have approved a proposed merger with Texas-based CenterPoint Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNP). The $6 billion deal, the utility says, is expected to close no later than the first quarter of next year. Vectren says nearly 62 percent of shareholders voted in support of the merger. In July, the Federal Trade Commission terminated a customary regulatory waiting period, moving the deal forward. In early August, Vectren reported...
Nearly $1M Grant to Boost IndyGo Solar Tech
IndyGo, the city's public transportation system, has received a $980,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The funds will cover solar power infrastructure to charge electric buses. IndyGo is among 52 recipients from the more than $84 million Low or No-Emission Grant program. The initiative funds transit bus and infrastructure projects that use advanced propulsion technologies such as hybrid or battery electric. In 2016, Carmel-based Telamon Corp. completed...
IURC Approves Duke Energy Tax Savings Agreement
Plainfield-based Duke Energy Indiana says a settlement agreement regarding savings from the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has been approved. The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has given the OK for the deal, which lays out how Duke Energy will disperse the savings to consumers.
Work to Begin on Power Plant-to-Data Center Project
Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott and Governor Eric Holcomb will take part in a groundbreaking Wednesday on a $40 million industrial redevelopment project. Indiana NAP is a venture created to transform the former State Line Generating Facility in the Lake County city into the Digital Crossroads of America Data Center. In an interview featured in July in our quarterly INPower energy innovation publication, Indianapolis attorney Tom Dakich, who is co-leading the effort, said he expects...
OUCC Calls For Denial of Vectren Power Plant Plan
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is recommending the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission deny a plan by Evansville-based Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) to build a new natural gas power plant in Posey County. The OUCC has filed testimony stating Vectren "has not fully evaluated all viable options" for meeting the future needs of customers. Vectren first announced the nearly $900 million plans for the new power plant in February. The facility would be built...
Vectren Updates Merger Situation, Details Earnings
Evansville-based Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) says its planned $6 billion merger with CenterPoint Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNP) of Texas remains on-track to wrap-up early next year. In a quarterly earnings filing, the utility says it took on more than $15 million in charges during Q2 related to the deal. Vectren is reporting second quarter net income of $22.2 million, compared to $37.6 million during the same period a year earlier. Chief Executive Officer Carl Chapman says...
Duke Energy Picks New GM
Duke Energy has named Brian Powers general manager of its Gibson Generating Station in Owensville. The move was effective July 1. He succeeds Mike Mosley, who was promoted to vice president for Midwest generation. Powers began at Duke in 1995 and served as general manager for their Crystal River North generating station in Citrus County, FL. He also filled other leadership roles for Duke, including in environmental services, plant operations, maintenance, and project an...
DePauw Doubles Down on Going Green
In what President Mark McCoy calls a "bold and thoughtful plan," DePauw University is looking to go green by reducing its carbon footprint, improving energy efficiency and funding more environmentally-friendly residential living space. The school says the Campus Energy Master Plan (CEMP) will result in a "long-term, sustainable campus."
Honda 'Full Steam Ahead' on Electrification Initiative
Honda is turning to Indiana for a significant first step in an ambitious goal - to have two-thirds of its global auto sales involve electrified vehicles by 2030. The 2019 Honda Insight, being produced at Honda Manufacturing of Indiana in Greensburg, is a key component of the Honda Electrification Initiative. In May, the automaker announced it is pumping more than $30 million in new investment into the Decatur County plant as it begins production of the hybrid sedan.
'Cutting-Edge,' Green Tech Center Coming to Hammond
The former State Line Generating Plant is getting a new, greener chance at life thanks to an Indianapolis attorney and New York City data center mogul. The Indiana NAP data center will include cutting-edge eco-friendly features that a Hammond official says reflect "the way of the future" for this type of development. The long-term vision is ambitious: a 400,000 square-foot, $200 million data center, that would include...
Electric Vehicle Maker Breathes New Life Into Prominent Plant
St. Joseph County is giving a nod to its past while looking to a greener future, thanks to May's major announcement from SF Motors. The California-based global intelligent electric vehicle company has detailed plans to invest more than $160 million to bring manufacturing operations to the former AM General plant in Mishawaka and create up to 467 jobs by 2020. The more than 675,000 square-foot facility will serve as the company's primary U.S.-based manufacturing plant. SF Motors...
IPL to Cut Ribbon on Natural Gas Plant
Officials from Indianapolis Power & Light Co. will Tuesday cut the ribbon on its $600 million natural gas plant in Morgan County. The utility says the plant reduces the rate of key emissions by 98 percent compared to the coal and oil-fired units it has replaced.
Rose-Hulman Hosting Sustainable Energy Workshop
A week-long workshop designed to teach Indiana high school environmental science and agriculture teachers about sustainable energy kicks off Sunday at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. The Duke Energy Sustainable Energy Summer Institute will help teachers develop academic standards-based, practical, and comprehensive lessons to also help their students learn about sustainable energies.
Cummins Acquisition 'Accelerates' Electrification Ambition
Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is continuing its drive to become a world leader in electrified power technology. Electrified Power Business Unit Executive Director Julie Furber says Monday's acquisition of Efficient Drivetrains Inc., a fully-electric and hybrid commercial vehicle business in the Silicon Valley, is part of an expected $500 million investment over the next three years in electrification technology.
NIPSCO Completes Transmission Line Project
Merrillville-based Northern Indiana Public Service Co. has completed work on a 100-mile electric transmission line in northern Indiana. The project, which began in 2012, connects the Reynolds substation in White County, the Burr Oak substation in Marshall County and the Hiple substation near Topeka in LaGrange County. NIPSCO says the 345-kilovolt line will enhance system reliability, increase access to wind and solar energy, and improve access to lower-cost electricity for customers.
Construction on $347M Energy Transmission Line Complete
Merrillville-based Northern Indiana Public Service Co. LLC and Pioneer Transmission LLC have completed work on a 70-mile transmission line between Kokomo and Reynolds in White County. The $347 million project, which began in 2013, aims to provide better service and access to cleaner energy for customers. Pioneer Transmission is a joint venture between North Carolina-based Duke Energy Corp. (NYSE: DUK) and Ohio-based American Electric Power Co. Inc. (NYSE: AEP). The companies say...
Officials to Cut Ribbon on Power Plant
St. Joseph Energy LLC will Wednesday join officials from throughout the state to cut the ribbon on the first phase of a new natural gas-fired power facility in northern Indiana. The company says the St. Joseph Energy Center in New Carlisle will be able to generate more than 700 megawatts of clean, unsubsidized energy for consumers throughout the region.
SynEnergy Partners Adds Propane Distribution Business
A cooperative owned by Huntingburg-based Superior Ag and Posey County Co-op has acquired the propane gas distribution business of Tell City-based Fischer's Tru Flame. SynEnergy Partners is not disclosing financial terms of the deal. SynEnergy says it will obtain all of Fischer's trucks and equipment.
IURC Approves I&M Rate Increase
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission has approved a more than 7 percent rate increase for Fort Wayne-based Indiana Michigan Power. The utility says the increase will generate nearly $97 million in additional revenue to support the infrastructure improvements as part of its Building the Future plan. The commission's decision follows a settlement I&M reached with stakeholders including the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor and the cities of...
SF Motors Details Major Mishawaka Plans
California-based SF Motors has detailed plans for a manufacturing hub in Mishawaka. The electric vehicle maker says it will invest more than $160 million to purchase, renovate and equip the St. Joseph County plant and create up to 467 jobs by 2020. The company says many of the hires will be displaced workers from the facility, which was formerly owned by AM General. SF Motors initially announced plans to acquire the Mishawaka commercial assembly plant in June of 2017.
OUCC Says IPL Rate Increase Unnecessary
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor recommends Indianapolis Power & Light's request to raise nearly $97 million through a rate increase to pay for its new natural gas plant in Morgan County be denied. The OUCC is instead recommending a smaller increase of only $4.9 million.
Kinetrex Adds 'Rolling Laboratories'
Indianapolis-based Kinetrex Energy has added a small-scale transportation venture. The liquified natural gas supplier, which was a subsidiary of Citizens Energy Group before its acquisition last year by Chicago-based Parallel49 Equity, has invested $500,000 into two LNG-powered fuel delivery trucks. Since the beginning of the year, Kinetrex has added six employees. It operates two liquefaction plants in Indianapolis and says...
Workers With Disabilities Initiative Receives Funding
A new program designed to open channels to employment for people with disabilities has received a 3-year, $245,000 grant. AWS Foundation, Old National Bank and Sweetwater Sound collaborated with Greater Fort Wayne Inc. on the program that is designed to bring people and employers together by offering support and resources on accessible workplaces.
Vectren Reports Profit Growth Amid Merger
Evansville-based Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC) is reporting first quarter net income of $63.5 million, up from $55.4 million during the same period last year. The results come as the company is in the midst of a $6 billion merger with Texas-based CenterPoint Energy Inc. (NYSE: CNP).
NIPSCO Reaches Settlement on Gas Rate Increase
Merrillville-based Northern Indiana Public Service Co. has reached a settlement with the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor regarding a proposed natural gas rate increase. If approved, NIPSCO says the settlement will lead to customers seeing an average overall monthly increase of $8 on their bills.
Vectren, Texas Company Detail Merger Plans
A Texas-based energy company with operations in six states has announced a $6 billion merger with Evansville-based Vectren Corp. (NYSE: VVC). Under terms approved by both CenterPoint Energy Inc.'s (NYSE: CNP) and Vectren's boards of directors, Vectren shareholders will receive $72 per share and CenterPoint will assume the Hoosier company's debt. Vectren Chief Executive Officer Carl Chapman says the combined company's natural gas utility operations will be headquartered in Evansville.
Northwest Indiana Communities Receive Grants
The Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority has approved matching grants for projects in East Chicago and Hammond. East Chicago will receive over $8.5 million for phase III of its Waterfront Revitalization Initiative, and Hammond officials had requested $100,000 for demolition and construction for a new rail station.
Hoosier Energy Planning Big Solar Park
Bloomington-based Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative Inc. has announced plans for what it says will be the largest solar array in the state. The co-op is partnering with EDP Renewables to build the 200 megawatt Riverstart Solar Park in Randolph County, which is expected to begin operation in 2022.
'Intelligent' EV Production Coming to Mishawaka
A California-based electric vehicle maker says trial production of its "intelligent" cars will begin in Mishawaka by the end of the year. SF Motors unveiled its concepts Wednesday at its Santa Clara headquarters, saying the SF5 model will be available for pre-order this year and will be on the road in 2019. The company in November completed the acquisition of a former AM General LLC commercial assembly plant where a contract with Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. had ended.
Outdoor Makerspace Harvesting Creativity
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute is taking the makerspace movement outdoors. The school is turning a campus garden into a sustainability makerspace and an outdoor classroom. The idea, the school says, is to ramp up research and teach students of all ages about sustainability concepts and practices. The initial scope of the space includes a greenhouse, 14 raised beds, a large butterfly garden and an outdoor classroom.
Hitting 'Heights': Moving Forward Project Begins in Bloomington
A statewide initiative designed to help low- to moderate-income Hoosiers find affordable, efficient housing continues to roll along. Work is underway on the $10 million B-Line Heights development in Bloomington. Pedcor Investments Vice President of Real Estate Development Brandon Delk, the developer in charge of the project, says B-Line Heights has been about 10 years in the making. He says the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority has tasked Pedcor with...
KAR Keeping Up With Mobility Trends
Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. says its acquisition of a San Francisco company is a move to keep up with the evolving mobility space, which Chief Executive Officer Jim Hallett says is moving "very, very quickly in North America." In February, KAR announced the acquisition of STRATIM, which develops fleet management software for the on-demand car, ride sharing and autonomous vehicle markets.
Hobart Goes in on 'Green Community' Push
The city of Hobart began 2018 by debuting its newest environmentally-friendly initiative: a new vehicle maintenance garage and compressed natural gas fueling pumps at its public works facility. The $2 million project is the Lake County city’s latest step toward achieving its ultimate goal of being northwest Indiana's "green community."
Michigan City Schools to Celebrate Solar Project
Michigan City Area Schools will Wednesday dedicate what it says is the largest renewable energy project for an Indiana school district. The project, which includes solar arrays and LED lighting upgrades at seven school properties, is expected to save the district $23 million over 30 years.
Merger With Indy Wind Farm Developer Complete
New York-based M III Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: MIII) has completed its merger with IEA Energy Services LLC in Indianapolis. As a result of the $255 million deal, the combined company has changed its name to Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives Inc. and is now trading on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol IEA.
Zimmer Biomet Joins Federal Energy Effort
Warsaw-based Zimmer Biomet Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ZBH) has joined the U.S. Department of Energy's Better Buildings, Better Plants program. The move means the company is committing to reducing energy intensity by 25 percent over the next 10 years. The medical device manufacturer's participation in the program also includes a water-reduction component. Zimmer Biomet in 2015 announced a goal to reduce its carbon footprint by 20 percent by 2020. Senior Vice President of Global Operations ...
Indiana 'Well-Postured' in Advanced Energy
The acting president of the Battery Innovation Center in Greene County says the operation's presence is truly worldwide. Ben Wrightsman says only a handful of the approximately 100 firms that work with the BIC are based in Indiana and the majority are global. The center will mark its fifth anniversary in August and he says the BIC's focus is what makes it stand out. "Rather than having technology that just kind of stays in an incubator or stays in that R&D loop," he said...
USDA Loan to Support Southern Indiana Utility
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is awarding $276 million in loans to support various rural electric infrastructure improvement projects throughout the country. The investment includes a $74 million loan to the Jackson County Rural Electric Membership Corp. in Brownstown.
$2.5B Coal-to-Diesel Plant Proposed in Dale
An energy company is proposing a $2.5 billion coal-to-diesel facility in Spencer County. Riverview Energy Corp., which is based in Delaware and has a presence in New York, says the operation would eventually produce 4.8 million barrels of diesel fuel and 2.5 million barrels of naphtha, a liquid used as a solvent, a fuel and in plastics. President Gregory Merle says the facility would be the only one of its kind in the U.S. and is the company's most ambitious project yet.
EV Maker Revving Up Autonomous Ambitions
An electric vehicle manufacturer with a plant in Mishawaka is progressing on its autonomous vehicle efforts. SF Motors, which is based in California and has a multi-year research and development agreement with the University of Michigan, has received permission from the California Department of Motor Vehicles to test its autonomous driving technology on public roads. Road testing will also be conducted in Michigan and China. The company says it has made...
Vectren Planning Nearly $1B in Natural Gas, Solar Projects
Evansville-based Vectren Corp. (VVC) has announced plans for two major projects in southwest Indiana. The utility says the efforts, which include a $900 million natural gas-fired generation plant, will reduce its carbon emissions by 60 percent over 2005 levels. Vectren is also planning to install a 50-megawatt solar array that will include more than 150,000 solar panels covering nearly 300 acres. A specific location for the array was not announced. The plans are part of Vectren's...
I&M Reaches Settlement on Rate Increase
Fort Wayne-based Indiana Michigan Power has reached a settlement agreement with several stakeholders regarding its proposed rate increase. The utility is now requesting an increase in electric rates of 7.26 percent, more than half of what it initially asked for in July.
Nestlé Tapping Into Indiana Wind Power
Nestlé has announced a 15-year power purchase agreement with EDP Renewables' Meadow Lake VI wind farm in Benton County. As part of the deal, EDP says it will expand the farm's capacity by 50 MW, which it says is enough to power more than 17,000 homes for a year. Nestlé says the power purchase agreement will cover about 80 percent of the electricity load for five facilities in southeast Pennsylvania. The company ultimately hopes purchase all of its electricity from...
Indiana Companies Among 'World's Most Ethical'
Five Indiana-based companies are included among the "World's Most Ethical Companies." The companies on the list, compiled by the New York-based Ethisphere Institute, were selected based on criteria such as ethics and compliance programs, corporate citizenship and responsibility, and governance.
IPL Further Details Central Indiana Layoffs
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. has provided more details on previously-announced plans to lay off 100 employees in Indiana. The utility says the layoffs, which are part of what Virginia-based parent company AES Corp. (NYSE: AES) calls a "global strategic transformation," will begin in April.
Inovateus CEO: Despite Tariffs, 'Nothing is Going to Stop' Solar
The chief executive officer of South Bend-based Inovateus Solar LLC says the solar development and engineering company is being "very cautious" while it assesses the full impact of tariffs of up to 30 percent on imported solar products. Mike Pound says he thinks estimates suggesting the industry in the U.S. could shed 25,000-50,000 jobs within a year because of the tariffs are probably accurate. If costs in the industry re-stabilize, Pound believes job levels will bounce back.
Work on Notre Dame Thermal Energy Facility Begins
Construction is underway on a thermal energy production and storage facility on the University of Notre Dame campus. The university says the East Plant, which will house the mechanical equipment for its new geothermal well fields, is expected to come online in 2019.
Moving Forward 3.0 Engages East Chicago Residents
Governor Eric Holcomb’s request that the Moving Forward community program assist displaced East Chicago residents has achieved an added benefit: the participation of resident advisers. Developers chosen for Moving Forward 3.0 have already scored important insights that will help guide plans for new, energy-efficient housing.
Airport Electric Shuttle Fleet Reinforces Environmental Message
The much-awarded Indianapolis International Airport is making headlines in sustainability once again by launching the nation’s largest electric airport shuttle bus fleet. Several shuttles are already in use in time for the holidays, with at least nine expected to be traversing the airport campus by mid-2018.
Kinetrex Expectations for 2018 Are Strong
Kinetrex, the liquefied natural gas (LNG) provider that spun off from Citizens Energy in 2013, has major plans in the works for the new year. President and Chief Executive Officer Aaron Johnson says competitive pricing and new technologies will elevate the Indianapolis-based company’s profile over the next 12 months and into 2019.
Economic Development Director Anticipates More Renewables Success
The wind business is booming in east central Indiana. One hundred wind turbines went online in Randolph County three years ago this month, and just two weeks ago state, local and company officials cut the virtual ribbon on another wind farm with a footprint in both Jay and Randolph counties.
Public Satisfaction Leads Indicators of Airport’s Value
Here at the Indianapolis International Airport we field a lot of questions daily. But one that follows me across industry conversations is this: “How do you become the best airport in North America?” My response is simple: We focus on providing the maximum public value. In an environment of resource constraints and constant change, our role is to strategically manage the assets of the organization toward maximum public-value creation. That’s a unique perspective in...
Purdue Foundry Names 'Black Award' Funding Winners
The Elevate Purdue Foundry Fund has awarded a total of $160,000 to eight Purdue-affiliated startups. The university says the funding gives each startup Black Award status, which makes them eligible for further investment once they hit certain predetermined milestones.
Massive Michiana Energy Plant Moves Forward
An energy production project just north of the Indiana border will involve nearly $970 million in planned investment. The Indeck Niles LLC development involves building a 210,000 square-foot, natural gas-powered Indeck Niles Energy Center. The plant is expected to be complete over the course of three-years, creating up to 600 construction jobs and 21 permanent jobs. The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved some $35 million in local and school tax capture for brownfield cleanup.
Honda's Greensburg Plant to Produce Another Model
Honda will debut its newest Indiana-built model January 15th at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. American Honda Motor Co. Inc. says the Insight was introduced in 1999 as the country's first hybrid vehicle. It will be produced by Honda Manufacturing of Indiana Inc. in Greensburg along with the Civic Sedan and the CR-V. Images of the new model have not been made public, but American Honda Motor Co. Honda Division General Manager Henio Arcangeli Jr. says...
Commissioning Complete at $200M Wind Farm
State, local and company officials Thursday are commissioning Indiana's newest wind farm. The $200 million Bluff Point Wind Energy Center includes 57 turbines and Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources Inc. says the installation in Jay and Randolph Counties could produce enough power for more than 36,000 homes.
Kinetrex Proposing $20M LNG Plant Investment
Indianapolis-based Kinetrex Energy is planning to invest $20 million into a new plant to turn methane gas captured at landfills and by anaerobic digesters into liquefied natural gas. The former Citizens Energy Group subsidiary has not yet detailed where in central Indiana the plant will be located or how many jobs it could create, but says the facility could be operational at the beginning of 2019. The plant is expected to produce...
Rodriguez on UN Panel: 'It's a Big Deal'
Indianapolis Airport Authority Executive Director Mario Rodriguez says his appearance on a panel discussion Wednesday in Montreal will "for all practical purposes" reach the entire world. The Seminar on Green Airports is a United Nations International Civil Aviation Organization event and will draw industry leaders from countries big and small. The event will include leaders from Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates and San Francisco International Airport. ICAO is...
Public Comment Open For NIPSCO's Planned Rate Increase
The state agency representing energy consumers is seeking feedback on a proposed natural gas rate increase from Merrillville-based Northern Indiana Public Service Co. When it was announced earlier this year, NIPSCO said the increase would be the first in over 25 years and could boost annual revenue by more than $140 million. The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor is hosting public field hearings on the request, the first of which is scheduled for...
Electric Shuttle Fleet Begins to Roll at Indy Airport
The first electric shuttle bus, part of what the Indianapolis International Airport says will grow to be the largest fleet of its kind in the country, has started serving travelers. Plans call for nine buses to be operating at IND by the end of 2019. Zero Emission grants from the Federal Aviation Administration totaling $3.6 million will cover the cost of the buses.
OUCC Responds to I&M Rate Increase Proposal
The Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor has responded to a proposed electric rate increase by Fort Wayne-based Indiana Michigan Power. The OUCC is recommending approval of an increase that would generate less than half of the new annual operating revenues I&M is seeking.
Go Electric Details Fourth U.S. Military Agreement
Anderson-based Go Electric Inc. has secured another U.S. military contract. The nearly $300,000 agreement involves microgrid technology for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Energy Research Lab. Go Electric says the contract will mark the fourth deployment of its AutoLYNC microgrid control technology, with previous installations at bases in Hawaii, Utah and Michigan. Chief Executive Officer Lisa Laughner says...
'Blank Check' Company Merges With Indy Wind Farm Developer
An Indianapolis-based renewable energy sector company is involved in a mega-merger. IEA Energy Services LLC has entered into an agreement with New York-based M III Acquisition Corp. (Nasdaq: MIII) in a combination that will create Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives Inc., which will be publicly traded under the symbol "IEA" on the Nasdaq Capital Market. The price of the transaction at closing is expected to be $255 million, a price that could rise...
Grants Support Solar Projects Statewide
Plainfield-based Duke Energy Indiana has announced grants to 16 nonprofits to help pay for solar power projects. The $400,000 in funding, part of a settlement among the utility, several consumer and environmental groups and Nucor Steel, will offset costs for work in communities including Princeton, Bloomington and Columbus. Duke Energy Indiana President Melody Birmingham-Byrd says...
EV Manufacturer Wraps Up Deal For Mishawaka Plant
Silicon Valley-based SF Motors says it has closed on the acquisition of AM General LLC's commercial assembly plant in Mishawaka. The electric vehicle manufacturer says all 430 employees from the facility that has produced Mercedes-Benz and Hummer brand vehicles will be brought on to SF Motors. AM General's contract with Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc. will expire this year and the Mishawaka workers had been slated to lose their jobs before the high-tech manufacturer moved in.
Ethanol Industry Wary of Potential Changes
The chief executive officer of an ethanol advocacy group says the industry is keeping an eye on potential changes to the Renewable Fuel Standard. Growth Energy's Emily Skor, who was in Indianapolis for the National FFA Convention & Expo, says a decrease in the required amount of ethanol in the nation's fuel supply could hurt states like Indiana. She says Indiana is the nation's fifth-largest producer of ethanol, with more than a dozen plants producing over a billion gallons per year.
Cummins Acquires Battery Tech Platform
Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) is acquiring the assets of Brammo Inc. in Oregon. Cummins says adding the energy storage technology platform plays into its ongoing strategy to become a global electrified power leader. Brammo designs and develops battery packs for mobile and stationary applications. "By adding the expertise of Brammo and its employees to Cummins, we are taking a step forward in our electrification business and differentiating ourselves from our...
Moving Forward Breaks Ground on First Community
The organizations behind an innovative housing model that uses energy efficiency as a way to manage costs for low- to moderate-income residents have broken ground on their first community in Fort Wayne. Posterity Scholar House, Phase 1 of the Posterity Heights project, is geared specifically toward single parents working to increase their educational attainment. It’s just one example of the Moving Forward program’s intent to adapt to communities’ unique needs.
Battery Tech Company Sees More Growth
Go Electric of Anderson is continuing its growth trend with yet another military microgrid contract announcement, a partnership on an unmanned mobile power unit, plus safety certifications on two patented energy storage systems. Company CEO Lisa Laughner says growth of the company workforce is now also on the horizon. On the heels of a summer announcement of a $1.7 million contract to provide a battery storage system for the microgrid at the Tooele Army Depot in Utah...
Leclanché Opens NA HQ, Eyes Software Integration
Switzerland-based energy storage technology company Leclanché has just opened its new North American headquarters in Anderson, and it already has advancements on the immediate horizon. Leclanché NA Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Thom Reddington leveraged his institutional knowledge of the region’s battery- and auto-related roots to land the HQ in the new Purdue Polytechnic Institute facility there.
Notre Dame’s First Geothermal Field Up and Running
The University of Notre Dame (UND) has been working for some time to reduce its carbon footprint, but in 2015 school leaders announced UND would stop burning coal within five years and drop that carbon footprint by more than half by 2030. A significant step came this summer when the campus’s first geothermal field went online.
IURC Seeking Public Comment on Rate Increase Proposal
The Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission will Tuesday hold a field hearing to gather public comment on Fort Wayne-based Indiana Michigan Power's proposed electric rate increase. If approved, the request would raise rates by nearly 20 percent by 2019.
Once-Fading Battery Maker Rebounding After 'Right-Sizing'
The chief executive officer of Indianapolis-based EnerDel Inc. says the company is transitioning to profitability this year for the first time in its history. Mike Canada, who took the helm at the lithium-ion battery maker two years after its parent predecessor Ener1 filed for bankruptcy in 2012, says EnerDel has been "right-sizing" ever since. Backed by an exclusive agreement with Indianapolis-based Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ALSN) and...
Hoosier Energy Adds Solar Arrays
Bloomington-based Hoosier Energy says its plan to build 10 solar arrays throughout its service area is almost complete. The generation and transmission cooperative says it has completed two 1-megawatt arrays in southern Indiana and expects the final array to be dedicated next month.
NIPSCO Seeking Gas Rate Increase
Merrillville-based Northern Indiana Public Service Co. is looking to raise its natural gas rates for the first time in more than 25 years. The utility has filed a request with the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission to make the increase, the proceeds from which would be used to make improvements to NIPSCO's service.
BrightVolt Details BIC Expansion
An ultra-thin film battery company is providing more detail on its growth at the Battery Innovation Center in Greene County. BrightVolt Inc. says it plans to add up to 30 jobs at its Newberry operation by 2020. In August, Inside INdiana Business reported on BrightVolt's partnership with the BIC, becoming the first company to set up dedicated space in the hub near Crane Naval Surface Warfare Center. By the end of the month, the company says...
Purdue Research Could Unlock Domestic Energy Resource
Purdue University President Mitch Daniels calls $20 million plans for a shale gas engineering research hub unveiled Tuesday "a prestigious and important moment" in the school's history. The Center for Innovative Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources or CISTAR will be located at Discovery Park in West Lafayette. It will pull in researchers from Purdue, as well as...
Go Electric Tapped For Another Military Project
Anderson-based Go Electric Inc. has announced it will take part in a demonstration microgrid project at the Fort Custer Training Center in Michigan. Electricore Inc., a California-based nonprofit consortium, has awarded Go Electric a nearly $500,000 contract to provide a battery energy storage system for the project.
$16M Applied Research Institute Making Strides
The Applied Research Institute, which connects the state's top military, industry and higher education assets and leaders, has taken its first major steps. The ARI board, comprised of big names like Governor Eric Holcomb, IU's Michael McRobbie, Purdue's Mitch Daniels and Rolls-Royce North America Defense Aerospace President Phil Burkholder, has approved its first major project. Over the next two years, $3.5 million will go toward the development of trusted microelectronics.
Wind Farm Progressing in Jay, Randolph Counties
A $200 million wind farm in Jay and Randolph counties is taking shape. NextEra Energy Resources Inc. says the 57-turbine Bluff Point Wind Energy Center is set to be operational in November and could generate more than $30 million in local tax revenue over its lifetime. The Florida-based company says the installation will be capable of powering more than 36,000 when complete. Project Director Zack Melda says...
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
IndyGo is Embracing New Technology
In the coming decades, you might notice something different about the buses carrying people through Indianapolis. Or you might not. After all, we often don’t notice the things that are no longer there. What I’m talking about is the fact that the big black clouds of diesel exhaust we have come to associate with city buses will no longer be a part of Indy transit: starting in 2021, IndyGo has committed that all new bus deliveries will be zero-emission.