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
Feb032016

What Are The Benefits of Cogeneration?

By Constellation, from Constellation’s Energy4Business blog …

Cogeneration, also known as combined heat and power (CHP), merges the production of usable heat and electricity into a single process that can substantially reduce carbon emissions and energy costs.

It typically takes place at or near the point of consumption and uses heat that would normally be lost in the power-generation process.

Despite its numerous benefits, it’s still largely underutilized in the United States—a fact that has not escaped the Obama administration. According to energy.gov, an Executive Order is in place to reach 40 gigawatts (GW) of new CHP (a 50 percent increase) by 2020.

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Wednesday
Feb032016

2015 Marks Three Years of Record System Reliability for ComEd Customers

Smart grid and system improvements help customers avoid millions of customer interruptions — resulting in over $1 billion in societal savings.

Since 2012, ComEd has been implementing smart grid and other system improvements across its territory to strengthen and modernize the grid – and those investments are paying off for customers with record reliability. In 2015, ComEd customers experienced a 12 percent reduction in the frequency of outages compared to 2014 and nearly 25 percent since investments began. During that same time, the duration of outages has been reduced by 42 percent.

“Our smart grid work has helped to deliver the best power reliability on record for our customers for the last three years — ranking us in the top 10 percent of utilities nationally and leading our region to economic prowess in the digital economy”

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Wednesday
Jan272016

Four Energy Management Trends to Watch in 2016

By Constellation, the endorsed energy partner of the IMA …

As populations grow and new technologies emerge, energy needs rise with every passing year. Fortunately, each year also brings exciting innovations to the ways we store, manage and allocate that energy. From electric cars to smart meters to advanced systems for controlling energy-hogging industrial equipment, forward-thinking companies are constantly creating more sustainable, cost-effective ways to consume.

2016 will be no exception. Tech entrepreneurs, researchers and venture capitalists are already pouring time and resources into the energy technologies that will shape the industrial landscape of the future. Here are four of the most important energy management trends and innovations you’ll want to keep an eye on in the new year.

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Wednesday
Jan272016

Illinois Moves Up to #2 in the Nation for Electrical Grid Modernization

ComEd Smart Grid project helps position Illinois for improved ranking in Grid Modernization Index

In 2015 ComEd achieved record reliability for a third year in a row, much of it due to smart grid work begun in 2012. This modernization work, along with ComEd’s focus on customer engagement, helped position Illinois as the second in nation in the 2015 Grid Modernization Index (GMI).

“From reliability to customer options to job creation and growing businesses, our smart grid investments are delivering on the promise of great value for our customers and state.”

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Wednesday
Jan202016

More Companies Discovering the Benefits of CNG

By Constellation, IMA’s Endorsed Energy Provider

For fleet owners looking to reduce costs and minimize their carbon footprint, compressed natural gas offers many advantages.

It helps them improve fuel economy and reduce emisssions while reducing reliance on foreign energy sources. 

One key factor to continuing growth of the compressed natural gas industry in the U.S. is the availability of quality CNG vehicles. In the larger class of trucks and busses, recent positive developments by several leading OEMs are great news for fleets looking to replace old diesel or gasoline equipment and enjoy the benefits of CNG.

If you’ve been considering switching to CNG, here are four recent developments you should have on your radar.

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