Commonwealth Edison and Ameren are about to kick off an ambitious energy-conservation program for commercial and industrial customers of electricity.
According to a story in the Chicago Tribune , last year the legislature took on the task of dealing with sharply higher electricity prices. With the backing of environmentalists, they also established goals for energy efficiency.
In early June, Commonwealth Edison will unveil a multiyear effort to encourage the wise use of electricity. It includes rebates for commercial and industrial customers that install electricity-saving equipment or lighting, and eventually is expected to help retrofit some older, less efficient buildings.
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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.