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Big utilities try to tilt solar energy market in their favor

The solar farm at the Indianapolis International Airport is shown. Duke Energy and other utilities are backing measures in the Indiana Legislature and several other states that critics say would eventually end the ability of small operators to produce solar power.

INDIANAPOLIS — The latest round of federal airport infrastructure grants to Indiana include $1.47 million to Shelbyville Municipal Airport to rehabilitate a runway and more than $1.1 million to Elkhart Municipal Airport to install a perimeter fence.

The Federal Aviation Administration this week announced a total of $477 million in infrastructure grants nationwide, including more than $4.9 million for Indiana.

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The Indiana grant awards also include $750,000 to Marion Municipal Airport to build a taxiway, $464,000 to Indianapolis International Airport to rehabilitate taxiway lighting, $150,000 to Crawfordsville Regional Airport to build a terminal building; $150,000 to Kendallville Municipal Airport to build a building, and $144,000 to North Vernon Airport to build a taxiway.

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