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
Jul232014

U.S. Manufacturing Energy Use Illustrated in Sankey Diagrams and Footprints

A snapshot of AMO’s Sankey diagram depicting the flow of energy throughout the entire U.S. manufacturing sector

AMO has released Manufacturing Energy Sankey Diagrams which map the flow of energy supply, demand, and losses in the U.S. manufacturing sector. The diagrams use weighted energy flow lines to illustrate the magnitude of energy consumption and losses. In one succinct image, one diagram shows the complete pathway from primary energy consumption to energy applied directly to plant operations. Three additional Sankey diagrams illustrate U.S. manufacturing: 1) onsite-generated energy, 2) process energy, and 3) non-process energy.  

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Wednesday
Jul162014

How A 40-Year-Old Building Cut Its Electric Bill in Half

Posted by: Pete Torres in Constellation’s Energy4Business blog, June 16, 2014

The Pennzoil Place building, a 36-story glass and aluminum building that has reduced its energy consumption by millions of dollars each year.

When Pennzoil Place opened in 1975, the two trapezoidal 36-story glass and aluminum towers made a dramatic impact, but such splendor came with a high monthly price tag.

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Wednesday
Jul162014

Governor Quinn and Clean Energy Trust Launch $4.6 Million Fund for Illinois Startups

Investment Will Help Create Green Jobs Across Illinois

Governor Pat Quinn was joined by Clean Energy Trust to announce the formation of the Illinois Clean Energy Fund, a revolving equity fund that will make $4.6 million available to grow early-stage clean energy businesses in the state. The recent announcement is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect the environment and drive Illinois’ economy forward.

“Illinois is a national leader in embracing green energy through innovation, and this fund will help us do even more,” Governor Quinn said. “This initiative will combine state and private sector investments to help clean-energy startups create new jobs while leading Illinois toward a more sustainable future.”

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Thursday
Jul102014

How Will Climate Change Affect Your Energy Management Plan?

Posted in Constellation’s Energy4Business Blog, June 30, 2014

More than 300 climate science experts have spoken, and the message is clear: Climate change is affecting all of us in drastic ways. Extreme weather related to climate change has already cost the United State billions of dollars, and the impact will continue to grow.

The congressionally-mandated National Climate Assessment released last week “is the loudest and clearest alarm bell to date signaling the need to take urgent action,” John Holdren, assistant to the president for science and technology, told reporters during a press conference.

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Thursday
Jul102014

Illinois Renewable Energy Conference July 16; “One-Stop-Shop” for Renewable Energy Answers in Illinois

The Illinois Biomass Working Group, coordinated by the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) at Western Illinois University, will host the Illinois Renewable Energy Conference Wednesday, July 16 at the Bone Student Center at Illinois State University (Normal, IL). The conference, hosted in partnership with the Illinois Wind Working Group, the Illinois Solar Energy Association and the Geothermal Alliance of Illinois, will feature an informative program with 35 speakers who will provide important details on renewable energy policy, technology and case studies from around the state. The event will feature plenary-session speakers addressing all aspects of renewable energy. In addition, breakout sessions will include discussion about biomass, wind, solar and geothermal energy.

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