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
May262016

ICYMI: Illinois Receives 2016 Small Business Environmental Assistance Program Award

Earlier in May, the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity Small Business Environmental Assistance Program received the 2016 Small Business Environmental Assistance Program Award in recognition of their environmental protection leadership in assisting small businesses with environmental regulation compliance and sustainability practices. “The Illinois Small Business Environmental Assistance Program is an example of how government can work with the business community to generate economic growth while also helping businesses comply with environmental standards,” Governor Rauner said. “Making compliance easier and more understandable for businesses helps attract them to our state and further fosters economic development here in Illinois.”

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Thursday
May262016

Chicago Lead in Drinking Water Study

In 2011 and 2012, EPA Region 5 and the Chicago Department of Water Management conducted a study on field sampling protocols for lead in drinking water. The purpose of the study was to evaluate the method used by public water systems to monitor lead levels. EPA intends to consider the study’s findings while revising the Lead and Copper Rule. Although the study was conducted in Chicago, its results may have implications for other cities with lead service lines. A lead service line is a pipe that is made of lead that brings drinking water into your home from the city’s water main. Lead service lines are the single largest source of lead in residential drinking water.

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Thursday
May192016

Constellation Accepting Energy to Educate Grant Proposals From Schools

By Constellation, the IMA’s energy partner …

Got a great idea that will help future leaders solve tomorrow’s greatest energy challenges? Constellation is now accepting proposals for its revamped E2 Energy to Educate grant program. The program, which awards up to $25,000 to projects for grades 6-12 and up to $50,000 to colleges and universities, has provided more than $2.2 million in funding and reached more than 100,000 students since its inception in 2010.

New Focus Areas

The program features recently updated themes to better reflect the energy challenges facing the next generation, said Mike Smith, vice president, Exelon Generation, Innovation and Strategy Development.

“Constellation, and our parent company, Exelon, are known for our commitment to innovation, so it’s only fitting that one of our flagship community outreach programs promotes innovation among our industry’s future leaders,” Smith said.

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Thursday
May192016

Energy and Commerce Departments Announce Lab Partnership Opportunities for U.S. Small Businesses and Manufacturers

As part of the Energy Department’s commitment to drive clean energy innovation and boost American industrial competitiveness, Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Dr. David Danielson today announced the launch of the Manufacturing Innovation through Energy and Commerce (MITEC) pilot in four states—Georgia, Michigan, Ohio, and Virginia. The program will provide small businesses access to the advanced tools, technology transfer expertise, and research capabilities of the Energy Department’s national laboratories and to the technical assistance and business development resources of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP), which is a program within the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

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Thursday
May052016

New Study Shows Manufacturing Demand for Natural Gas Will Grow

New NAM Study Shows Positive Natural Gas Impacts in Illinois and Across U.S.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Center for Manufacturing Research and IHS Economics recently released a new comprehensive study that reveals how natural gas has strengthened manufacturing and encouraged U.S. manufacturing growth and employment and highlights the positive impact to communities around the United States. Manufacturers in Illinois use natural gas for fuel, such as drying, melting, machine drive and space heating, and as a feedstock in refining, chemicals and primary metals sectors. Domestic natural gas has transformed the U.S. economy, made our companies more competitive, created jobs and put money back in the pockets of working Americans..

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