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
Oct292014

New Study Points to Major Marine and Rail Opportunities with Greater Use of LNG

Thousands of miles of rail, inland waterways and coastal routes crisscross America moving products, energy and people. A new study out today confirms that thanks to its cleaner profile and low cost, greater use of natural gas as a marine and rail fuel is becoming a welcome reality. The study, performed by Gladstein, Neandross & Associates (GNA) and commissioned by ANGA, sought to identify locations across three key areas — the Great Lakes, the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River and its tributaries — with the best potential for demand growth to support liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure investment.

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Wednesday
Oct292014

REPORT on HYDRAULIC FRACTURING: Clarifying the Obama Administration’s Coordinated Misinformation Campaigns

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Republicans released a report recently, which uncovers the truth behind the science and economic benefits of hydraulic fracturing and exposes the depths of the Obama Administration’s war on oil and natural gas development.

Setting the Record Straight: Hydraulic Fracturing and America’s Energy Revolution

This hydraulic fracturing report is part of a series of investigations the EPW Republicans have been conducting. Click here to see the series of work exposing the collusion between the Administration and well-funded environmental activists who have been targeting groups from farmers to miners to rig workers to manufacturers and fishermen.

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Wednesday
Oct222014

Constellation’s Ameren Illinois Capacity Market Update — November 6th

Is your business prepared for higher capacity costs in future planning years?

Attend the Ameren Illinois Capacity Market Update Webinar for IMA Members from Constellation: Thursday, November 6th — 11:00 am CST

WHAT IS THE CURRENT STATE OF THE AMEREN ILLINOIS CAPACITY MARKET?

In light of impending coal unit retirements across the U.S. and tight supply and demand conditions in the MISO footprint, Ameren’s electricity market could see capacity rates increase in response to the need for additional generation resources in the coming years. Sign up for Constellation and the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association’s webinar on Thursday, November 6th at 1:00 am CST to get an update on the Ameren electricity market and learn how Constellation may help you reduce risk and realize cost savings.

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Wednesday
Oct222014

Illinois EPA Registration of Smaller Sources Program Hits Program Landmark

3,000 Illinois Small Businesses Benefit from Permit Streamlining — Legislation drafted and suppored by the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association

Illinois EPA Director Lisa Bonnett recently announced the Agency has met its target of registering 3,000 small sources since the 2012 inception of the Registration of Smaller Sources (ROSS) program. The ROSS program is part of a major regulatory streamlining effort designed to reduce the burden and costs on Illinois small businesses.

The Registration of Smaller Sources program was created in response to legislation signed by Governor Pat Quinn on July 12, 2011. Public Act 97-0095 streamlined the environmental permitting process in Illinois, making the process easier for small businesses to open and expand business in Illinois. Through the legislation, the Agency established the ROSS program, which allowed low-polluting small businesses to register with the Illinois EPA instead of completing the permitting process. The program was developed through a collaborative effort of Governor Pat Quinn, members of the General Assembly, Illinois industry and the Illinois EPA.

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Wednesday
Oct222014

Illinois Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Rebate Program for charging stations

If you are considering the installation of electric vehicle charging stations, please read on …

The Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity is now submitting rebate applications as part of the Illinois Vehicle Infrastructure Rebate Program. Guidelines and the application packet for the Fall 2014 EV Infrastructure Rebate Program can be obtained at http://www.IllinoisEnergy.org/EV

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