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
Aug202014

FirstEnergy Solutions to lose 70 people as its parent company abandons some retail markets

FirstEnergy Solutions is cutting its sales staff because parent FirstEnergy Corp. no longer intends to sell electricity to medium-sized companies and industries and will not renew contracts when they expire. And that includes some cities that signed contracts with FirstEnergy Solutions to buy power for their energy intensive operations such as sewage treatment plants. FirstEnergy Solutions is an approved Illinois electric supplier company that competes in Illinois’ deregulated electric market. “We are losing approximately 70 positions in sales and sales support staff,” confirmed FirstEnergy Solutions spokeswoman Diane Francis on Monday.

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Wednesday
Aug202014

Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Ban Smoking on State University Campuses

Also Signs New Law to Restrict Display of E-Cigarettes Across Illinois

Governor Pat Quinn recently signed legislation to prohibit smoking on the campuses of all state-supported colleges and universities. The smoking ban takes effect July 1, 2015 and applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces on campuses. The Governor also signed a law to restrict the display of e-cigarettes. This action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect and improve the health and well-being of all people in every community across Illinois.

“Illinois’ college students shouldn’t be subject to unwanted cigarette smoke on the campuses they call home,” Governor Quinn said. “We want all schools to be healthy, clean and productive places of learning for Illinois’ bright young minds. This new law will improve the health of our students and encourage healthier lifestyles after college graduation.”

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Wednesday
Aug132014

Metal-based durables manufacturers are fueled by electricity and natural gas

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (MECS) 2010

Unlike many manufacturing industries, the energy used for the production of metal-based durables (MBD) is mostly electricity and natural gas, rather than other fossil fuels (residual fuel oil, diesel, liquefied petroleum gases, natural gas liquids, and coal) or renewable sources. MBD producers are therefore well-positioned to benefit from energy efficiency programs and the increased availability and lower cost of natural gas.

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Wednesday
Aug132014

Tracking Renewable Energy for the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan

Guidelines for States to Use Existing REC Tracking Systems to Comply with 111(d)

On July 1, Center for Resource Solutions released a guide to help states comply with the U.S. EPA’s recently proposed Clean Power Plan, which directs states to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants to 30 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. The report, co-written with the Regulatory Assistance Project, is intended to help state administrators use existing renewable energy certificate tracking systems to comply with the EPA’s plan. Download the Guide.

Wednesday
Aug062014

DOE to Launch Collaborative Effort with Industry to Improve Natural Gas Systems

Immediately after a Capstone Methane Stakeholder Roundtable hosted by the White House and the Department of Energy on July 29th, DOE announced a series of actions, partnerships, and stakeholder commitments to help modernize the nation’s natural gas transmission and distribution systems and reduce methane emissions. DOE’s effort is part of the larger Administration Strategy to Reduce Methane Emissions. In a follow-up interview with POLITICO, written by Andrew Restuccia, Secretary Moniz said, “Obviously there¹s a lot of infrastructure to be replaced. It’s not all going to happen overnight. But we want to make sure that as new infrastructure is being built‹and there is quite a big need for new infrastructure‹that it’s built to these highest standards to eliminate methane leaks. But also very critical is replacement and upgrading for existing infrastructure, which still has a lot of cast iron pipe. We cannot directly implement these programs. But the programs that have literally accelerated by decades that replacement infrastructure, suggests that certainly within one to two decades that perhaps we collectively have accomplished the goal of modern infrastructure, safe infrastructure, no emitting infrastructure and infrastructure that¹s efficient and economical to the companies and consumers.”

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