More energy plans from Obama
President Barack Obama announced further plans to increase energy efficiency within the country.
Energy-efficient lighting was a major point of emphasis for the president, as Obama outlined benefits for lighting a building effectively. These include eliminating 594 million tons of emissions from 2012 through 2042; an annual energy savings for the country of as much as $4 billion per year starting in 2012; and an annual electricity savings for the country between 2012 and 2042 to power every home in the United States for up to 10 months.
Building efficiency was another important subject for Obama, as he announced how nearly $350 million will be invested in a wide variety of developments and research studies. The largest of those projects is advanced systems building research, which was granted $100 million to investigate the design, integration, and control of both new and existing buildings. It is hoped that with this research, designers and engineers will soon be able to develop integrated, high-performance buildings while producing a net zero-energy.
Other financed projects include nearly $54 million on commercial building initiatives, almost $73 million on building and appliance transformation, and $50 million on solid state lighting research and development.
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.