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
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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Wednesday
Dec172014

Wireless Monitoring: Improving Plant Performance

Wireless devices seem to be everywhere, and the manufacturing environment is no exception. Many facilities are installing wireless monitoring systems to track production equipment, adding measurements where they were previously out of physical or economic reach due to remote or difficult-to-access locations. Going wireless enables production staff to react quickly to changing conditions, gathering the information they need to optimize processes. Such systems also provide asset management, security and worker productivity functions.

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Wednesday
Dec102014

“Green” Gifts on the Lists of Holiday Shoppers this Season

Manufacturers could increase profits with recyclable products according to poll

Throughout the shopping season, many holiday shoppers will be looking for and be willing to pay more for recyclable gifts. According to a recent survey conducted online in November among over 2,000 U.S. adults by Harris Poll on behalf of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI), two-thirds (66%) of Americans say they look for information on whether or not the product is made from recycled materials when making a purchase. Furthermore, Americans would be willing to spend 13% more, on average, on a product if it was fully recyclable (i.e., all parts of the item could be recycled), and an average of 10% more for a product if they knew it was made of recycled materials.

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Wednesday
Dec102014

Clean Energy Challenge

Clean Energy Trust strives to accelerate businesses and technologies that improve the ways we create, conserve and consume energy. Over the past five years, our marquee program has been the Clean Energy Challenge. The Clean Energy Challenge has become a nationally acclaimed accelerator program that has jumpstarted more than 60 clean-tech startups in the Midwest. With generous support from sponsors, including longtime Title Sponsors the U.S. Department of Energy and Wells Fargo, and new Title Sponsor the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity, we’ve been able to grow the program and provide more funding and mentorship to more quality companies. We are thrilled to announce the official launch of the fifth annual Clean Energy Challenge, which will culminate in the final live pitch event on April 14, 2015.

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Thursday
Nov202014

Comverge and Constellation close transaction to form new standalone demand response company named CPower

Combination creates commercial and industrial demand response market leader

Comverge and Constellation recently completed the transaction to combine their commercial and industrial (C&I) demand response businesses. Starting today, the combined business will operate as a new standalone company independent from Comverge and Constellation named CPower focused on delivering a full spectrum of demand response offerings to C&I customers across the United States. CPower will be one of the largest demand response companies in North America.

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