Industrial energy-efficiency programs
A recent paper from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy focuses on identifying today's leaders and tomorrow's needs.
Energy efficiency programs focusing specifically on the industrial sector and administered by utilities, state public benefit entities, and regional market transformation organizations are growing in response to rising energy efficiency goals, states a report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy .
As more and more states look to establish industrial-focused efficiency programs and existing programs look to expand their reach to achieve greater savings, there is an apparent lack of best practices information in the administration and deployment of such practices. This paper looks at existing literature on the subject and also incorporates new primary research collected from current industrial energy efficiency program managers to assess the current state of programs and emerging trends in them.
This paper discusses the history of industrial energy efficiency programs, what we know about how industrial firms make energy efficiency investments, the current state of industrial energy efficiency programs, and future issues and challenges facing such programs. It also has two special in-depth sections: the issue of self-directed industrial energy efficiency programs (sometimes called "opt out") and important lessons for those looking to start brand new industrial energy efficiency programs.
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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.