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
Apr162014

New Report Shows How Inexpensive Natural Gas is Boosting Manufacturing Jobs & Economy in U.S. Metro Areas

Inexpensive natural gas will boost manufacturing growth in the U.S. and its metropolitan areas according to a new report released recently by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and prepared by IHS Global Insight.

Unveiled by key members of USCM’s Advanced Manufacturing Task Force during a press conference phone call, the report titled Impact of the Manufacturing Renaissance from Energy Intensive Sources, details the impact the energy sector has had on manufacturing in the nation’s metropolitan areas since 2010, and shows how the new availability of inexpensive natural gas has ignited the steel, iron, fabricated metals and machinery manufacturing industries as well as those of plastic, rubber, resin and organic chemicals.

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Wednesday
Apr162014

EPA Honors 2014 Energy Star Partners of the Year

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) are honoring 127 organizations for their commitment to protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency. Recipients of the 2014 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award include IMA member Boeing Company, Chicago, Des Moines Public School District; KB Home; Meritage Homes Corporation; PepsiCo., Inc.; Sears Holdings Corporation; and Samsung.

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Tuesday
Apr082014

Governors play key role in electric power grid modernization

Governors play an important role in modernizing the electric power grid to ensure it continues to function reliably, safely and efficiently, according to a new paper released recently by the National Governors Association (NGA). The electric power grid consists of transmission and distribution networks that provide power to homes and businesses as well as critical transportation, health care and telecommunications systems.

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Tuesday
Apr082014

OSHA announces final rule revising standards for electric power generation, transmission and distribution

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced that it would be issuing a final rule to improve workplace safety and health for workers performing electric power generation, transmission and distribution work. “This long-overdue update will save nearly 20 lives and prevent 118 serious injuries annually,” said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health. “Electric utilities, electrical contractors and labor organizations have persistently championed these much-needed measures to better protect the men and women who work on or near electrical power lines.”

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Tuesday
Apr082014

Small Business Review Panel: Medium- and Heavy-Duty Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standard

EPA is preparing to convene a Small Business Advocacy Review panel to provide input and recommendations for its upcoming proposed rule on Medium- and Heavy-Duty Greenhouse Gas Emissions Standard. EPA seeks self-nominations directly from the small entities that may be subject to the rule requirements. Entities representing small entities may also serve. Nominations are requested by April 16, 2014.

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