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Such great heights: Chemical industry investment surpasses $100 billion

The United States continues to reign as the place to manufacture chemicals now, as potential U.S. chemical industry investment has now topped $100 billion. As of this month, the number of publicly-announced chemical and plastics projects stands at 148, with the tally continuing to grow (ACC’s first report analyzed 97 projects valued at $71.7 billion [...]

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U.S. EIA: America’s plastics makers triple exports on half the energy

Data released today by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) confirms what U.S. plastics manufacturers have been seeing firsthand of late – solid growth  in plastics production and exports, combined with improved efficiencies, which allow their businesses to draw less energy from our nation’s abundant natural gas supply. The graph above tells the story. The [...]

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House committee approves ‘Better Buildings Act’

Those who support  energy efficiency legislation received welcome news from Congress this week in the form of a bill that would help save energy in America’s commercial buildings. H.R. 2126, the “Better Buildings Act of 2013,” was approved by the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Tuesday morning. The bill directs the U.S. Department of [...]

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‘American chemistry is back in the game,’ ACC’s Martha Moore tells Conference of Mayors

In a reversal from just a decade ago, the United States is once again a favorable destination for manufacturing investment, as the new economics of shale gas creates a competitive advantage for U.S. companies. “American chemistry is back in the game,” ACC’s Martha Moore told 280 of the nation’s mayors at a conference this week [...]

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In 2013, America’s chemical industry put the pedal to the metal, fueled by shale gas

It’s a new year and America’s chemical industry is ready for lift off, thanks to the competitive advantage provided by natural gas from shale, which is driving domestic investment and creating jobs. Check out ACC’s Year End 2013 Chemical Industry Situation and Outlook if you haven’t already. Kevin Swift, ACC’s chief economist, summarized the good [...]

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U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Africa take down skyrocketing energy costs

As one of the largest energy consumers in the world, the U.S. Department of Defense has been working to find new, more affordable ways to use less energy, while enhancing military capabilities. Chemistry has contributed to many of these efforts with innovative, energy-saving technologies like spray polyurethane foam and rigid insulation for buildings, photovoltaic solutions [...]

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From importer to exporter, U.S. chemical industry poised for international boom

The U.S. chemical industry foresees an enormous increase in exports as a result of the competitive advantage delivered by the shale gas boom and, according to the Financial Times, in stark contrast with Asian and European competitors. The London-based newspaper added: The shale gas revolution has produced a surge in the production of inexpensive natural [...]

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Promise of affordable shale gas lures another foreign manufacturer to U.S. shores

You might say the good news about overseas investment in U.S.-based chemical plants accumulates faster than a December snowfall — and you’d be right. In the latest development, Asia’s largest chemical producer, Formosa Plastics Group, is seeking a $2 billion expansion of its Texas operations, as cheaper natural gas prices make production in America more [...]

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Wisconsin considers new energy conservation codes

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, the Wisconsin Uniform Dwelling Code Council will meet in Madison to discuss changes to the state’s building code, such as updates to its residential energy conservation codes for new construction. Keeping these energy codes current would enhance the energy efficiency of buildings, saving substantial energy costs for homeowners. Updating energy codes [...]

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ACC, LA Chamber co-host panel discussion on potential to recover energy from California’s waste

If you’re following the growing interest in technologies that convert waste into various forms of energy and fuels, you’ll be interested to know that on November 15, ACC and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce hosted a panel discussion on the economic and environmental benefits of energy recovery. More than 80 business and civic leaders [...]

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