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
Jul282015

US EPA’s Next Generation Compliance: Why Industry Should Pay Attention

Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference (MECC): October 29-30

 The Illinois Manufacturers’ Association is pleased to announce the first annual Midwest Environmental Compliance Conference scheduled fro October 29-30 in Chicago. Together with our partners in the other Region 5 states, we have an all-star line up that includes key stakeholders from each state’s environmental regulatory agency and leadership from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

One of the many issues to be addressed in this two-day event is EPA’s “Next Generation Compliance.” David Hindin, OECA, USEPA will be a keynote speaker on the topic. What Next Gen means for Illinois facilities and why you should care will be addressed.

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Tuesday
Jul282015

The Many Problems of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan and Climate Regulations

This summer, the Obama Administration will finalize climate regulations for new and existing power plants under the Clean Air Act. While the regulations largely target coal-fired power plants, the costs of more expensive energy will be borne by all Americans, says Nicolas Loris of the Heritage Foundation. By 2030, the costs would be: • An average annual employment shortfall of nearly 300,000 jobs; • A peak employment shortfall of more than 1 million jobs; • A loss of more than $2.5 trillion (inflation-adjusted) in aggregate gross domestic product (GDP)

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Thursday
Jul232015

Empirical Evidence Shows Consumers Better Off With Customer Choice in Electricity

Nearly 20 years of Factual Data Demonstrate Choice Customers Benefit from Improved Price, Investment and Reliability

Nearly two decades of empirical data allow for an objective review of the performance of competitive electricity choice markets versus the traditional monopoly model, and the facts show that choice consumers benefit in terms of improved price, investment and reliability, a new study sponsored by the COMPETE Coalition concludes.

“In a compelling example of what Justice Louis Brandeis termed states serving as laboratories of democracy, for nearly two decades, two retail electricity models, choice and monopoly, have operated in parallel allowing reliable comparison of the two models on key indicators,” said COMPETE Counsel William Massey. “The data demonstrate that customer choice jurisdictions that steadily adapted and expanded retail choice out-perform, or at least compare favorably with, the states that have so far rejected broad-based customer market access.”

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Thursday
Jul232015

Constellation Awards $22,000 in Grants to 49 Community Champions

This summer, 20 fifth graders in Saugus, Mass., will experience the satisfaction of goal-setting and performing as they bring their talents together to put on a musical for their community. Nearly 2,000 miles away, children with disabilities will build confidence by playing games and socializing. These are just two of the 49 projects made possible through the Constellation Community Champions program, which recently awarded more than $22,000 to community organizations. Constellation’s Community Champions program allows residential electricity and natural gas supply customers to nominate a local project or cause for grant funding.

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Wednesday
Jul152015

New Economic Report Shows Chicago Area Will Be Hit Hard By Obama Ozone Standard

Report Confirms Concerns of State/Local Leaders

A new report released recently by the Center for Regulatory Solutions (CRS), a project of the Small Business Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council), provides new economic data revealing the economic pain the Chicago region will suffer if President Obama allows the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to tighten the current ozone standard of 75 parts per billion (ppb) into the range of 65-70 ppb.

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