Government releases smart grid framework
NIST has released standards for smart grid development.
A 90-page document released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on Sept. 24 proposes 77 standards for smart grid development . The report also detailed 14 areas that the government agency will prioritize in order to facilitate development.
Utilities, regulators, and vendors have been waiting for this release from NIST. The report details specific standards that utilities and developers will be expected to meet in their smart grid deployment. The institute will continue working on cyber security standards, which should be released by the end of the year.
NIST began working on a set of standards earlier this year in order to encourage cohesive smart grid development in the United States. A process that normally could take several years has been compressed into a few months.
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.