Smart grid gets a boost
Current Group hires utility veteran Ray Gogel to promote smart grid vision.
The Wall Street Journal Environmental Capital blog reported that for Current Group, "getting utilities to deploy its sensors, communications systems and software can be frustrating." Therefore it "has hired a utility sector veteran, Ray Gogel, to serve as its president, with an eye to winning over more utilities to its smart grid vision.
Gogel was instrumental in creating Xcel Energy Inc.'s SmartGridCity project in Colorado that's putting advanced technology to work for 50,000 utility customers." Gogel noted that "'a lot of companies focus on meters as a blunt instruments' with which they are attempting to reduce energy demand," while Current Group "thinks the better approach is to deploy sensors and other tools in utilities' distribution networks."
Current CEO Tom Casey said that "smarter electric infrastructure will make for a more nimble grid, able to toggle between resources that will fluctuate."
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Annual Salary Survey
Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
Read more: 2015 Salary Survey