Tag Archives: Energy

Two new reports highlight U.S. natural gas production boom

Assessments released by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) and the Potential Gas Committee this month project robust growth in domestic natural gas, reinforcing prospects for continued chemical industry expansion and investment. EIA’s Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) 2015, issued on Tuesday, projects that U.S. energy imports and exports will come into balance between 2020 and [...]

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One product can make a BIG difference in California

Last week, I had the chance to talk to attendees at the Green California Summit about the state’s energy goals and how the state can achieve them. Obviously, this is a big task. But, Californians – from policy-makers to regulators to citizens concerned about the future – want to do their part. A pattern quickly [...]

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An energy and water efficiency playground on California’s Capitol lawn!

Earlier this week, ACC joined groups from the energy and water efficiency sectors to demonstrate to California regulators and lawmakers how chemistry enables new and existing technologies that can help California meet its ambitious renewable energy and efficiency goals. The pop-up expo took place on the lawn of the Capitol in Sacramento and also included [...]

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EPA’s ozone standard: A defining moment for U.S. manufacturing

As we approach EPA’s March 17 deadline for comments on its proposal lowering the National Ambient Air Quality Standard (NAAQS) for ozone, Americans should be fully informed of the impacts. In many communities, the answer is simple: Fewer jobs, slower growth. Perhaps the real-world consequences of EPA’s plan are hidden behind confusing terminology. In EPA-speak, [...]

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GlobalChem and the road ahead: Why this year’s conference marks the halfway point for one of the most transformative decades for the industry and regulations

ACC Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs Mike Walls kicked off Tuesday’s GlobalChem regulatory conference with a prediction: “Ten years from now,” Walls said, “We will look back at 2015 as the inflection point in one of the most transformative decades for shaping chemical policy.” If you think about it, it’s easy to see [...]

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New studies show vast benefits of offshore energy development

America is forfeiting hundreds of thousands of new jobs and tens of billions in GDP each year by maintaining governmental restrictions on energy development in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Pacific Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). That’s according to two studies conducted by Quest Offshore Resources, Inc. and released this week by the National [...]

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U.S. manufacturing exports surging due to shale gas

Exports of manufactured products have risen 6 percent since the start of America’s shale gas production boom, according to a new report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). It’s a sign that plentiful, affordable natural gas – already a strong catalyst for chemical industry export growth – is benefiting U.S. manufacturing. A reversal in U.S. [...]

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Picturing the impact of EPA’s ozone regulations

Updated 2:00 PM EST, December 2, 2014 America’s chemical industry is undergoing a historic expansion, made possible by plentiful, affordable supplies of natural gas and NGLs from shale. But EPA’s upcoming ozone regulations could put the brakes on manufacturing growth in many parts of the country. Bright outlook for chemical industry investment Due to the [...]

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Plastics-to-oil technologies could add $9 billion to U.S. economy, says new report

Isn’t it time we stop burying our non-recycled plastics? Our society is always looking for new, alternative energy sources. Energy is not only vital to most everything we do, it helps to create jobs and enables economic growth. On this blog, for example, we’ve discussed how recovering non-recycled plastics and turning them into energy has [...]

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Eastman Chemical, Merck win ENERGY STAR awards for use of CHP

Combined heat and power (CHP) systems got a big boost this week when the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) handed out its latest ENERGY STAR awards. Eastman Chemical Company and Merck were among the companies recognized for “their highly efficient CHP systems.” Also known as cogeneration, CHP is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat [...]

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