DOE awards $204 million in efficient energy funding
Building retrofits for energy efficiency among activities eligible for state funding.
The Obama administration made a " historic down payment " on clean energy and conservation on June 24 by allocating $204 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act ( ARRA ) funding for energy projects in 10 states. Amongst other energy-saving activities, the ARRA money can be allocated by the states to building retrofits and other sustainable energy projects.
The 10 states to receive ARRA money were Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, and Washington. Under the Dept. of Energy ( DOE )'s State Energy Program (SEP), states proposed plans to prioritize energy savings and the use of renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create or retain jobs. SEP received a total of $3.1 billion from ARRA and will continue appropriating money to help achieve national energy independence goals and promote local economic recovery.
Besides green building and construction efforts, SEP money can be allocated to fund energy audits, building education and training efforts, alternative fuels and hybrid vehicles, and new financing mechanisms.
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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