More energy plans from Obama
President Barack Obama announced further plans to increase energy efficiency within the country.
Source: U.S. Dept. of Energy
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.
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2012 Salary Survey
In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.