New efficiency standard could cut costs
The Energy Efficiency Resource Standard--introduced by a Massachusetts Congressman--could cut energy costs, energy use, and the effects of climate change.
The new Energy Efficiency Resource Standard (EERS)—introduced by Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) on Feb. 4—could save consumer dollars and thwart the effects of climate change, according to the Alliance to Save Energy . Markey’s office claims the legislation—also known as the Save American Energy Act—would cost-effectively cut electricity and natural gas demand and, in combination with another Markey-authored bill creating a renewable electricity standard, create more than a half million jobs and save U.S. consumers more than $180 billion.
The EERS would require electric and gas utilities to reduce demand by 15% and 10%, respectively, by 2020 by helping utility customers make their homes and businesses more energy efficient. Utilities could count savings from appliance standards, building codes, and other government programs toward those targets. And while utilities would be responsible for meeting the energy efficiency requirements, they could help to achieve them by buying savings from states and other third parties such as Energy Service Companies.
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.