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
Aug262015

Crude Oil Export Restrictions

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) suggests that removing crude oil export restrictions could both reduce consumer fuel prices and increase the price of U.S. crude oil from ~$2 to ~$8 per barrel. Regulations implemented 40 years ago are being reviewed as technological advances in the extraction of crude oil from shale formations, commonly known as fracking, have contributed to increased U.S. oil production. In recent years U.S. crude oil prices have been lower than international prices but removing export restrictions could generate more revenue for oil companies and cause international crude oil prices to decrease.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Which States Lose From the Changes to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan?

The EPA’s final Clean Power Plan is radically different from the version proposed a year ago, with big consequences for states that will face the most costly paths toward compliance in 2030. The proposed rule gave coal-dependent states a break in many ways, but the final rule does not, meaning those states — generally hostile to the rule — face a much more difficult task in complying with it, writes Phillip Wallach for the Brookings Institute. The basic structure is that the EPA set carbon emissions standards for two types of plants: for fossil fuel-fired steam generating units, 1305 lbs CO2/MWh, and for stationary combustion turbines, 771 lbs CO2/MWh. Now each state’s target is set by looking at a weighted average of their 2012 fossil fuel-fired electrical generating units and imposing those emission standards. States must devise their own plans to reach those targets, using just about any combination of measures they see fit, as well as preparing federally enforceable fallback plans to regulate each plant directly.

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Wednesday
Aug192015

From Ameren: Limited Time Offer: Get FREE CFL light bulbs!

For a limited time, Ameren Illinois will provide qualifying business customers with four FREE CFL light bulbs and an extra 25% off already discounted pricing on all CFL bulbs* through the online store. The free light bulbs are ENERGY STAR® qualified, have a projected life of 10,000 hours, and produce a warm white color. Shop now and take advantage of incredible pricing that you won’t find anywhere else!

Details for this limited time offer:

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Wednesday
Aug192015

Step on the Gas! How to Extend America’s Energy Advantage

Now may seem an odd time to emphasize the importance of increasing U.S. oil and gas production because of the recent, tumultuous changes in our energy markets. • Domestic output has reached an all-time high. • Prices have plummeted. • Drilling activity is slowing. • Job cuts in the industry are approaching 100,000.

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Tuesday
Aug112015

Constellation Webinar: Make Your Energy Purchasing Plans for Fall and Beyond

Presented by Constellation

Energy production levels, coal plant retirements and policy changes are all likely to have an impact on the price you pay for electricity and natural gas this fall and in the coming year. 

Some of these trends are easier to predict, while others, like weather, are up in the air. Given what’s expected and taking into account the unknowns, how can you plan ahead to achieve greater budget certainty? 

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