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.

 

Thursday
Apr232015

Six Ways Manufacturers Can Reduce Industrial Energy Costs

By Constellation — from Constellation’s Energy4Business blog

 

How much of the energy you pay for each month is actually used to power your plant? It could be less than half, with the rest escaping through leaky air compressors, inefficient equipment and other energy hogs.

Our country wastes more energy than any other nation, including China. In 2013, the United States had an energy efficiency of just 42 percent, meaning 58 percent of all the energy we produce goes to waste.

The industrial sector, which includes manufacturing, agriculture, construction and mining, accounts for nearly one third of all U.S. energy usage. Manufacturing facilities alone are responsible for spending $200 billion every year to power facilities and waste nearly 30 percent of that energy. This all adds up to a lot of unnecessary energy costs.

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Thursday
Apr232015

U.S. Energy Information Administration: State Energy Profiles

New January and February 2015 data for all states, new 2013 data, new 2012 data, and updated Quick Facts and analytical narratives in nine states and territories

State Energy Profiles has been updated with new monthly data, including series for electricity, petroleum, and natural gas. Activities covered by these series include prices, supply, and consumption. In addition, 2013 annual data are provided for coal and natural gas consumption and expenditures, and 2012 data are provided for carbon dioxide emissions.

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Wednesday
Apr152015

The Power Behind Your Energy Strategy Starts Here

Tuesday, April 28th — Rockford, IL

As an Illinois Manufacturers’ Association member, you’re invited to join Constellation for a complimentary Illinois Energy Conference. These educational sessions (Chicago event, April 30th, is at capacity) are designed to provide relevant and useful information to key energy decision makers in your business.

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Wednesday
Apr152015

Low Oil Prices Are Challenging Natural-Gas Markets

From the Boston Consulting Group — March 30, 2015 by Iván Martén and Daniel Jiménez

Natural gas markets have already felt some impact from the slide in oil prices but will be affected to a much greater degree if prices remain low for an extended period.

The impact on markets will not be uniform, however, owing to a host of market-specific factors.

After three years of relative stability, oil prices have fallen sharply since mid-2014. The effects of this drop on a wide range of energy companies have been material, with many players forced to rethink investments, cost structures, and even business models. And a high degree of uncertainty about where oil prices will go next remains. Will prices bounce back, as history suggests they will? Or have we entered a “new normal” consisting of a fundamentally different pricing environment?

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Tuesday
Mar312015

From Constellation: 2015 ENERGY MARKET OUTLOOK Webinar for Energy Buyers

Wednesday, April 15th | 1 pm CDT/2 pm EDT

Topics to Include:

Gas/Power Outlook

Recapping winter of ‘14-’15, gas and power demand outlook through rest-of-year.

Gas Supply and Demand

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