Global Wind Day creates awareness in alternative energy
The Global Wind Energy Council has declared June 15 Global Wind Day in an effort to increase awareness of wind energy across the globe.
The GWEC's main objective of the day is to convince political leaders worldwide that wind power is a viable energy source, and that countries can lower their power costs while simultaneously helping the environment. According to the Council, using wind energy can save over 10 billion tons of C02 while providing up to 12% of the world's power by 2020.
In April, President Barack Obama endorsed a bill that would supply nearly $150 billion in spending over the next 10 years on renewable energy in the United States. That money would go towards construction of products such as wind turbines and solar panels, though the plan is still awaiting Congressional approval.
Global Wind Day, which is being recognized worldwide in 30 countries, is a descendant of European Wind Day, which was celebrated in 2007 and 2008
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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.