Siemens, Telkonet manage school's energy use
Siemens will work with Tennessee schools, and Telkonent with New York University (NYU), to provide retrofits and energy management systems at almost 200 structures.
Siemens will work with Tennessee schools , and Telkonent with New York University (NYU), to provide retrofits and energy management systems at almost 200 structures. Entering its fifth year, the Siemens project is nearing completion of its initial phase. The project has saved the Metropolitan Board of Public Education in the city of Nashville the equivalent of more than $3 million in energy costs annually.
Valued at $45 million, the project targeted campus HVAC, lighting, and water systems in 5,000 classrooms, 187 structures, and 14 million sq ft of space. In all the facilities, 70 were schools that received building control upgrades, and 15 were campuses that had innovative BAS installed.
Telkonet’s project began with NYU in 2008. The trial program produced a 10% energy savings in two months, which led to the installed of the company’s smart energy solution in two residence halls of the campus. In two dorms, the Telkonet system reduced more than 147 hours of HVAC runtime reduction per room over a four month period. The university set a goal of slashing its greenhouse gas emissions by 30%.
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.