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
May052016

New Study Shows Manufacturing Demand for Natural Gas Will Grow

New NAM Study Shows Positive Natural Gas Impacts in Illinois and Across U.S.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Center for Manufacturing Research and IHS Economics recently released a new comprehensive study that reveals how natural gas has strengthened manufacturing and encouraged U.S. manufacturing growth and employment and highlights the positive impact to communities around the United States. Manufacturers in Illinois use natural gas for fuel, such as drying, melting, machine drive and space heating, and as a feedstock in refining, chemicals and primary metals sectors. Domestic natural gas has transformed the U.S. economy, made our companies more competitive, created jobs and put money back in the pockets of working Americans..

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Thursday
May052016

Illinois Small Business Environmental Assistance Program

The Illinois Small Business Environmental Assistance Program (SBEAP) is a federally mandated program to assist small businesses with their environmental requirements. SBEAP is a free, confidential, and non-regulatory resource for small business owners to help them understand and comply with state and federal air pollution regulations.

We offer a range of services to assist small businesses, including training seminars and workshops, current permit forms and instructions, links to various Illinois state agency environmental regulations, a quarterly newsletter with regular updates and information on pending and recently amended rulemakings, fact sheets, brochures and guides related to a wide range of small businesses, and links to a directory of environmental consultants.

The SBEAP program is located within the Office of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Technology at the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity. For more information please click here.

Wednesday
Apr272016

IMA’s Energy Breakfast Briefing: May 5th in Naperville 

Energy Efficiency Solutions with No Up-Front Capital

presented by Constellation

Thursday May 5, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Chicago Marriott Naperville - 1801 N. Naper Blvd., Naperville, IL 60563

Take Charge and click here to read our blog post! 

Attend our complimentary breakfast meeting to learn how Constellation and Groom Energy are working together to provide demand-side management solutions with the ability to fund energy conservation measures in support of your organizational and environmental goals. 

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Wednesday
Apr272016

Tale of Two Pipelines: Dakota Access Crude Oil Pipeline Approved

By Matt Koch, Institute for 21st Century Energy

After a year and a half of review, hearings, and public input sessions, a 1,168-mile pipeline proposed to move American crude oil from North Dakota to Illinois recently received approval from Iowa regulators (Bakken Gets Another Iowa Green Light, Des Moines Register April 8). When completed, the Dakota Access pipeline project will carry up to 570,000 barrels per day of Three Forks and Bakken oil from eastern Montana and North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois.

Although the final Army Corp of Engineers permit remains outstanding, the Dakota Access story appears to be heading for a good ending. The willingness and commitment of government and company officials to cooperation, fact gathering, due diligence, finding solutions, relying on expertise, and following a non-political approval process pales in comparison to the six-plus year circus experienced during consideration of the Keystone XL pipeline.

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Wednesday
Apr202016

A Second Look at Energy Curtailment

By Constellation, the IMA’s energy partner …

Load Response has been around for a long time, and can be structured in various ways that can turn energy curtailment into a great opportunity for your overall energy costs and usage. However, it can feel constricting having to keep up with curtailment events. You don’t want to be obligated to turn-off your machinery on a high production day or when you’re trying to bring customers into your store.

But have you had it happen the other way? When you saw your capacity charges for the year, cringed and thought, “Maybe I could have curtailed, and possibly been able to bump that number down a bit!”

Give yourself the option without the obligation, and take control of your energy supply with Constellation’s Peak Response program.

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