Conserving power in the Carolinas
Progress Energy Carolinas, Raleigh, N.C., will meet future energy demands without building power plants, but by displacing 1,000 mW each year. The company’s conservation plans already save 1,000 mW a year.
Progress Energy Carolinas, Raleigh, N.C., will meet future energy demands without building power plants, but by displacing 1,000 mW annually. The company’s conservation plans already save 1,000 mW a year. Filed with the North Carolina Public Utilities Commission and Public Service Commission of South Carolina, the new plan already calls for the displacement of 1,000 mW per year.
The utility plans to install new load-control technologies and chillers for controlling air conditioners and water heaters to reduce on-peak energy use in businesses and residences. Additionally, the plan calls for programs that improve HVAC and attic insulation in residential properties.
The projected addition of 25,000 to 30,000 new homes and business annually over the next two decades is the cause for the energy efficiency program. The plan is part of the company’s Integrated Resource Plan, which all electric utilities are required to file each year. In 2008, Progress Energy will offer programs for customers in the government, industrial, and commercial sectors for new and existing properties.
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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.