Illinois to build ‘smart grid’
The Illinois Commerce Commission on Wednesday approved a $270 million rate hike for Commonwealth Edison that encourages the utility to begin developing a "smart grid."
Illinois customers have no idea how much electricity they waste on a daily basis, as they see their electric bills only once each month.
And when an outage occurs, local electric utility Commonwealth Edison finds out only when customers call.
According to a Chicago Tribune report , these are the problems with having a 19th century power grid in the 21st century.
So Commonwealth Edison is going to start charging customers more to upgrade the power grid to a “ smart grid .”
With a smart grid , the utility would know when outages happen and could manage the output from multiple power plants. Customers would have real-time information about how much electricity costs. And the entire power system could be ready for a surge in use if plug-in hybrid vehicles find their way into American garages.
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.