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.

 

Thursday
Aug282014

U.S. liquid fuels production growth more than offsets unplanned supply disruptions

Record-setting liquid fuels production growth in the United States has more than offset the growth of unplanned global supply disruptions over the past few years. U.S. liquid fuels production, which includes crude oil, hydrocarbon gas liquids, biofuels, and refinery processing gain, grew by more than 4.0 million barrels per day (bbl/d) from January 2011 to July 2014, of which 3.0 million bbl/d was crude oil production growth. During that same time period, global unplanned supply disruptions grew by 2.8 million bbl/d.

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Short-Term Energy Outlook August 2014 and Intercontinental Exchange

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Thursday
Aug282014

EPA Report Shows Progress in Reducing Urban Air Toxics Across the United States

On August 21st, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released the Second Integrated Urban Air Toxics Report to Congress – the final of two reports required under the Clean Air Act (CAA) to inform Congress of progress in reducing public health risks from urban air toxics. “This report gives everyone fighting for clean air a lot to be proud of because for more than 40 years we have been protecting Americans – preventing illness and improving our quality of life by cutting air pollution – all while the economy has more than tripled,” said EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “But we know our work is not done yet. At the core of EPA’s mission is the pursuit of environmental justice – striving for clean air, water and healthy land for every American; and we are committed to reducing remaining pollution, especially in low-income neighborhoods.” Using national emissions and air quality data, the Urban Air Toxics Report shows the substantial progress that has been made to reduce air toxics across the country since the Clean Air Act Amendments of 1990.

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Wednesday
Aug202014

FirstEnergy Solutions to lose 70 people as its parent company abandons some retail markets

FirstEnergy Solutions is cutting its sales staff because parent FirstEnergy Corp. no longer intends to sell electricity to medium-sized companies and industries and will not renew contracts when they expire. And that includes some cities that signed contracts with FirstEnergy Solutions to buy power for their energy intensive operations such as sewage treatment plants. FirstEnergy Solutions is an approved Illinois electric supplier company that competes in Illinois’ deregulated electric market. “We are losing approximately 70 positions in sales and sales support staff,” confirmed FirstEnergy Solutions spokeswoman Diane Francis on Monday.

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Wednesday
Aug202014

Governor Quinn Signs Legislation to Ban Smoking on State University Campuses

Also Signs New Law to Restrict Display of E-Cigarettes Across Illinois

Governor Pat Quinn recently signed legislation to prohibit smoking on the campuses of all state-supported colleges and universities. The smoking ban takes effect July 1, 2015 and applies to both indoor and outdoor spaces on campuses. The Governor also signed a law to restrict the display of e-cigarettes. This action is part of Governor Quinn’s agenda to protect and improve the health and well-being of all people in every community across Illinois.

“Illinois’ college students shouldn’t be subject to unwanted cigarette smoke on the campuses they call home,” Governor Quinn said. “We want all schools to be healthy, clean and productive places of learning for Illinois’ bright young minds. This new law will improve the health of our students and encourage healthier lifestyles after college graduation.”

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Wednesday
Aug132014

Metal-based durables manufacturers are fueled by electricity and natural gas

Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Manufacturing Energy Consumption Survey (MECS) 2010

Unlike many manufacturing industries, the energy used for the production of metal-based durables (MBD) is mostly electricity and natural gas, rather than other fossil fuels (residual fuel oil, diesel, liquefied petroleum gases, natural gas liquids, and coal) or renewable sources. MBD producers are therefore well-positioned to benefit from energy efficiency programs and the increased availability and lower cost of natural gas.

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