ComEd, GE, and Silver Springs Networks team up
Commonwealth Edison, General Electric, and Silver Springs Networks are working together to construct a pilot smart meter than monitors energy use.
Chicago-based Commonwealth Edison Co . (ComEd) has teamed up with General Electric (GE) and Silver Spring Networks to work on the development of a pilot smart meter. The meter's main goal will be to monitor energy use inside buildings and inform users when peak energy use takes place.
Currently under review by the Illinois Commerce Commission, the pilot meter project involves 141,000 smart meters manufactured by GE. It is also equipped with Silver Spring's communications technology, helping the meter detect power outages while at the same time help utilities avoid manual readings.
ComEd said it hopes the project will eventually lead to a smart grid infrastructure, with the meter being used as a guide for which services to include. The company has around 3.8 million customers in the Chicagoland area.
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.