DOE, EPRI team up on energy efficiency
The Dept. of Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute signed a memorandum of understanding in early March to closely coordinate their research, development, and deployment of energy-efficient technologies.
The Dept. of Energy (DOE) and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in early March to closely coordinate their research, development, and deployment of energy-efficient technologies. The MOU outlines a plan to use energy-efficiency and electric energy demand response programs to help meet the nation's electrical needs.
Specifically, the MOU describes DOE and EPRI's intention to coordinate their research in energy efficiency and demand response in buildings, industrial processes, electrical devices, and appliances and to develop guidelines and methods that enable utilities to calculate their emissions reductions due to energy efficiency and demand response. DOE and EPRI also will promote digital communication between the electric grid and buildings by testing and developing digital devices that will allow building energy management systems to communicate with smart-grid applications. The two organizations will also analyze utilities' energy efficiency efforts to catalogue the performance of energy efficiency technologies. EPRI will seek support for the effort from up to 50 electric utilities participating in EPRI's new Energy Efficiency Initiative.
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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