Welcome to the IMA Energy & Environment Blog. The blog format reflects our efforts to provide IMA members with timely, relevant and thought provoking information in a form that is accessible for easy reference. IMA’s Energy & Environment Blog will be updated on a regular basis. Weekly news update emails will be sent out to notify subscribers of new information posted on the blog. IMA members are welcome to submit material for the blog, or request specific information. Simply email Editor Stefany Henson at shenson@ima-net.org with your information or request. Editorial submissions are subject to review.

 

Wednesday
Jan142015

Better Buildings, Better Plants Look Ahead - January 22, 2015

It’s a New Year! Have you thought about how you might …

• reduce the energy intensity of your manufacturing supply chain?

• cut back on water use?

• move your energy management from basic operations into a C-suite strategy?

On January 22 the Better Buildings, Better Plants Program will host a webinar presentation on some exciting new initiatives and notable energy-saving accomplishments. Webinar topics include:

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Wednesday
Jan142015

A Valuable Resource for Small Businesses — The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program

The Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) serves to alleviate the fears small businesses have of environmental regulations administered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA). Located in the Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology at the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, the SBEAP staff work with small businesses to help them understand and comply with state and federal air pollution regulations.

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Wednesday
Jan072015

Natural Gas Customers: Are you considering price protection options for Winter 2014?

Posted by Keith Poli on December 12, 2014 in Constellation’s Energy4Business blog Business, Natural Gas

November 2014 set a record as the eighth coldest since 1950, breaking many low temperature records across the Midwest and East.

Natural gas customers who have not procured gas for the coming winter may want to consider price protection options (via fixing your NYMEX component or regional delivery point pricing) before a change in weather forecasts in late December or early January potentially rally the NYMEX and regional gas points once again.

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Wednesday
Jan072015

Economic Benefits of Fracking and Horizontal Drilling

Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling techniques have opened American shale and allowed the United States to capitalize on its vast oil and gas resources trapped in rock formations across the country. Today, 30 percent of American liquid fuel production and 40 percent of natural gas production is due to shale, and the Energy Information Administration expects oil and gas production to grow by a respective 30 percent and 60 percent over the next decade.

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Wednesday
Dec172014

Give Your Building an Energy Tune-up!

From the Illinois Energy NOW Newsletter, December, 2014

SEDAC annually offers these energy tips for building operators to encourage periodic maintenance that can improve energy efficiency and reduce costs:

Lighting and Supplemental Loads:

Follow a strategic lighting maintenance plan of scheduled group relamping and fixture cleaning

Measure and ensure proper light levels

Calibrate lighting controls

Building Envelope: Tighten the building to reduce air infiltration by locating and sealing all air leaks in the windows, doors, walls, and roofs.

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