Report: Roadmap for energy policy and strategies in new administration
Buildings are responsible for 40% of energy consumption in the United States – more than transportation and industry. A new report from ASHRAE offers suggestions to shaping energy policy with regard to buildings.
By Plant Engineering Staff
A new report from ASHRAE provides a potential roadmap for addressing the nation’s dependence on foreign energy sources and its greenhouse gas emissions while growing the economy.
“Buildings are often overlooked as an opportunity to reduce energy consumption and offer an excellent opportunity to achieve national energy goals,” said ASHRAE president Bill Harrison.
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The report provides detailed recommendations on shaping policy across the areas of energy policy and climate change; Federal incentives; research and development; Federal agency activities; and education.
Read more about the report here .
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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.