Nick Janzen

Environmental and Energy Reporter

Nick covers energy and environment issues for Indiana Public Broadcasting’s statewide network. He focuses on water quality issues, agriculture, and the coal industry. Nick comes to Fort Wayne from his native Louisiana, where he covered coastal wetland loss and the environment. 

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Energy and environment issues are not playing a big role in this year’s gubernatorial campaign.

At first glance, Democratic candidate John Gregg and Republican candidate Eric Holcomb have similar views on those issues. Both would pursue an “all of the above” energy strategy—the state should use natural gas, renewable energy, and coal.


Alan Berning (Flickr)

Indiana could be forced to reduce power plant emissions that cause smog because of a lawsuit filed by six northeastern states against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed the lawsuit along with Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont last week. Those states are asking the EPA to add Indiana and Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia to the Ozone Transport Region (OTR).

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Indiana is a promising state for developing wind energy, offering financial opportunities in rural areas. But county regulators can often feel caught in the middle, trying to balance economic development with individual property rights.

Four years after her neighbors put up wind turbines on their property, Brenda Kelich still isn’t used to them.

“I just don’t see how they’re worth it,” she says.

Five or six turbines surround her home in Madison County. Only one is going this summer day, which makes her laugh.

Brookhaven National Laboratory

While the price of solar energy continues to drop in Indiana—down 66 percent over the past 6 years—the industry still faces challenges. But one Purdue University professor is trying to change that.


Nick Janzen / Indiana Public Broadcasting

Indiana ranks 42 in energy efficiency nationwide, down from a peak of 27 in 2013. But there’s a hidden cost associated with efficiency measures—public health.