DOE allots stimulus funds toward green federal buildings
The U.S. Dept. of Energy announced more than $20 million to improve the energy efficiency in buildings of federal agencies.
The U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) [http://www.energy.gov] has announced more than $20 million in high-end technical assistance to federal agencies to help ensure the widest possible implementation of leading edge energy efficiency technologies across the federal government.
To assist federal agencies in leading a transformation to a low-carbon emission future, DOE's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) will make available the technical expertise from DOE's National Laboratories. The labs will assists on projects such as cool roofs, greenhouse gas reductions, renewable energy, smart grids, zero energy homes, sustainable buildings, and energy and water retrofits. Fifteen agencies will share more than $20 million in stimulus money [http://www.energy.gov/recovery].
The federal government, as the nation's largest energy consumer, wishes to take the opportunity to lead the nation by example. FEMP has set goals to reduce federal energy intensity by 30% by 2015 from 2003 levels, reduce water intensity by 16% by 2015 from 2007 levels, and generate or purchase renewable electric energy equivalent to at least 7.5% of its electricity use by 2013.
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey