Micoturbines to reduce greenhouse gas in NYC
The microturbine technology will help New York reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and allow building owners to generate a portion of their own electricity throughout the five boroughs.
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that New York City has implemented the country’s first use of microturbine technology, using new microturbine standards.
Bloomberg announced a new rule Dec. 5 that outlines the use and installation of microturbine systems in residential and commercial buildings in New York. This new rule takes effect immediately.
The microturbine technology, and its manufacturer, Capstone Turbine Corp ., Chatsworth, Calif., will help New York reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and allow building owners to generate a portion of their own electricity throughout the five boroughs. The rule also will help New York meet its pledge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions citywide by 30% before 2030.
The rule states that microturbine systems approved by nationally recognized testing laboratories such as Underwriters Laboratory can be installed at residential and commercial buildings in various locations, including within weatherproof enclosures at grade or on roofs and within mechanical rooms built with 2-hour fire-resistance rated walls.
Buildings in New York City generate 79% of the city’s greenhouse gas emissions. By supplying on-site power generation to buildings, microturbine systems provide an energy-efficient supplement to New York City’s power supply. Building owners now are enabled to take advantage of Capstone’s microturbine technology, which will help the city reach its PlaNYC goal of expanding clean distributed power generation citywide.
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.