Google steps into the smart grid
With the introduction of a Web-based tool that permits property owners to monitor their electrical consumption, the search-engine giant has made its mark in the drive for greater efficiency and smarter power consumption.
As reported in the New York Times , Google has entered into the smart-grid race with the introduction of PowerMeter , a free Web-based service that consumers can harness to track energy use as it is consumed.
The device is designed to control the demand for power, stemming the need to build more power plants. Google is looking for other companies to create devices capable of feeding data into the PowerMeter technology. Although it hopes to begin introducing the service sometime in the next few months, to date it has no hardware manufacturers lined up.
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Annual Salary Survey
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.