Report: Roadmap for energy policy and strategies in new administration
Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption in the United States – more than transportation and industry. A new report from ASHRAE offers suggestions to shaping energy policy with regard to buildings.
A new report from ASHRAE provides a potential roadmap for addressing the nation’s dependence on foreign energy sources and its greenhouse gas emissions while growing the economy.
“Buildings are often overlooked as an opportunity to reduce energy consumption and offer an excellent opportunity to achieve national energy goals,” said ASHRAE president Bill Harrison.
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The report provides detailed recommendations on shaping policy across the areas of energy policy and climate change; Federal incentives; research and development; Federal agency activities; and education.
Read more about the report here .
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.