Archive: February, 2012

Chemical Alliance Zone: Ethylene could bring widespread benefits to struggling Appalachia region

“If we don’t have the ethane in the natural gas, there’s no chemical industry, if there’s no chemical industry, we don’t have manufacturing in the United States,” said Kevin DiGregorio, executive director of the Chemical Alliance Zone, in a recent interview with West Virginia’s State Journal. Ethylene is a valuable chemical that is used to [...]

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ARPA-E Innovation Summit focuses on ‘outside-the-box’ American energy solutions

When it comes to nurturing innovation in American energy, the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) is our country’s “outside-the-box” dreamweaver, and it promises to kick into high gear this week during the 2012 Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, DC. ARPA-E’s mission is simple: “To focus on creative ‘out-of-the-box’ transformational energy research that industry [...]

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Monday: Ohio Chemistry Technology Council president to testify on Ohio’s shale gas play

This coming Monday, Feb. 27 at 9 a.m., the House Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources will hear testimony on “Natural Gas—America’s New Energy Opportunity: Creating Jobs, Energy and Community Growth.” Jack Pounds, president of the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council, will testify on the positive impact of natural gas from shale on Ohio’s chemical industry [...]

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PPG Industries: Painting the way to more energy-efficient cars and trucks

“One local company that will be all over the Pittsburgh International Auto Show won’t have even have a booth,” reporter Ann Belser wrote in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Belser wasn’t talking in riddles — she was talking about paint! Chemistry is well-known for helping to create products that empower Americans to improve energy efficiency in their [...]

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Zero-energy homes rely on chemistry products to maximize efficiency

The thought of handing out complimentary iPads with the purchase of a new home may sound like a ploy to lure waffling prospects, but for a group of four energy efficiency driven duplexes in Frederick, MD, the incentive comes with a very practical purpose. Homebuyers are given iPads to monitor energy efficiency, the USA Today [...]

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Fifth-grader discovers new energy-storing molecule, publishes in scientific journal

(Humboldt State University) — For Clara Lazen, 10, a classroom assignment turned into a scientific finding. As Chemistry Professor Robert Zoellner confirmed, the fifth-grader’s curiosity led to a new molecule, and her first mention in a scientific journal. When Kenneth Boehr instructed his fifth grade class at Border Star Montessori School in Kansas City, Mo. [...]

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Why support abundant natural gas from shale? Rockefeller, Yergin and Dooley weigh in

Why should President Obama make good on his promise to support natural gas development from shale? Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WVa), economist Daniel Yergin and ACC President and CEO Cal Dooley have all weighed in. Sen. Rockefeller last month wrote a letter urging President Obama to create or support job training programs in areas with plentiful [...]

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Sen. Shaheen: ‘Efficiency is the cheapest and fastest way to start addressing our energy needs’

Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) published an important piece on The Hill reiterating the need for policies that strengthen America’s energy infrastructure from the bottom up. It’s a welcome and complementary addition to ACC’s From Chemistry to Energy campaign, which calls for strong policies and creative, economically sound approaches to encourage greater energy efficiency. The post [...]

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Why “From Chemistry to Energy” calls for improving residential, commercial and industrial energy efficiency

Energy efficiency is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to achieve energy and cost savings, and no business, household or industrial facility could become more energy efficient without the innovations and discoveries driven by the chemical industry. That’s why “From Chemistry to Energy” is calling for maximizing energy efficiency’s contribution to the nation’s [...]

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Why ‘From Chemistry to Energy’ calls for robust and responsible production of domestic shale gas

ACC successfully kicked off its From Chemistry to Energy campaign on Capitol Hill yesterday, calling on lawmakers to develop a comprehensive energy strategy pillared by the robust and responsible production of domestic shale gas, improved residential, commercial and industrial energy efficiency, and expanded adoption of energy recovery programs. Here are some of the ways in [...]

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