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.

 

Tuesday
May192015

Energy Security Must Include Reliable Power

By Larry Bell Filed under Energy, Regulation and Risks on April 29, 2015 — A similar version of this blog post appeared in Newsmax:

Unlike populations in most other parts of the world we Americans take vital benefits of dependable electricity for granted. We simply plug into an outlet or flip on a switch and fully expect that our lights will go on, our computers will charge, our coffee will heat up, our air conditioners will function, and yes, our generous taxpayer subsidized plug-in vehicles will run again until tomorrow.

This wonderful, finely balanced round-the-clock empowerment required planning and development which didn’t occur overnight. The same will be true of future efforts to restore adequate capabilities after the Obama EPA’s Clean Power Plan takes an estimated one-third of all U.S. coal-fired plants off the grid over the next five years. This amounts to a loss of generating capacity sufficient to supply residential electricity for about 57 million people.

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Tuesday
May192015

Illinois EPA Announces Community Water Supply Testing Program

Drinking Water Testing Services Available through Illinois EPA Laboratory

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Director Lisa Bonnett announced the Agency is offering drinking water testing services for Community Water Supplies for fiscal year 2016 (July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016). Through the Illinois EPA Community Water Supply Testing Program, water systems can elect to participate in the program for one complete fiscal year. The deadline for Community Water Supplies to enroll in the program and ensure no lapse in coverage is May 30, 2015. To participate after May 30 Water Supplies should contact the lab directly at (217) 782-9780 to make special arrangements.

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Tuesday
May122015

Union Pacific Plans to Invest $119 Million in its Illinois Rail Infrastructure

Investments enhance community safety and railroad efficiency

IMA member Union Pacific plans to invest $119 million in 2015 to improve Illinois’ transportation infrastructure. The company’s multi-million dollar private investment will enhance employee, community and customer safety and increase rail operating efficiency. Freight railroads like Union Pacific operate on track built and maintained without taxpayer funds. Union Pacific’s private investments sustain jobs and ensure the company meets growing demand for products used in the resurgent American economy.

Union Pacific’s planned investment covers a range of initiatives: nearly $105 million to maintain railroad track, $5 million to enhance signal systems and $9 million to maintain or replace bridges in the state.

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Tuesday
May122015

2015 Governor’s Sustainability Award — Application Process Open!

We are pleased to announce that the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is now accepting applications for the 2015 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards! This award, begun in 1987, is the nation’s longest standing state environmental award program that annually honors organizations and businesses that have made a commitment to the environment through implementation of outstanding and innovative sustainability practices.

The deadline for submitting your application is close of business May 22, 2015. Applications will only be accepted electronically. Details and application information can be found on the ISTC website.

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Wednesday
Apr292015

What Factors Impact Electricity Transmission and Distribution Costs?

From Constellation’s Energy4Busines Blog … Do you know how your energy costs are determined?

Understanding what’s in your commercial energy bill is an important part of being an educated consumer, but it’s not something most of us are taught.

Energy cost is comprised of three primary components:

• Generation (the production of energy by power plants)

• Transmission (the bulk transfer of energy over long distances at high voltages via interconnected lines that form a network, or the grid)

• Distribution (lines, poles and transformers owned by utility companies or independent entities that distribute energy over shorter distances, from regional transmission operators to homes and businesses)

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