Smart technology on the grid for Congress
A big portion of the Federal Government’s stimulus package – $4.5 billion, according to Cnet News – is planned to go for the development and implementation of smart grid technology. But in recent testimony to Congress this week, executives from NIST and NEMA said that money could be squandered if distributed before standards for the technology are put into place.
Smart Grid technology may be a wave of the future, but right now its development may be running up against some major breakers.
In recent testimony to Congress, National Institute of Standards and Technology deputy director Patrick Gallagher and NEMA president and CEO Evan Gaddis joined other industry leaders in cautioning against the technology’s haphazard implementation. According to a Cnet report , without proper standards in place to guide the use of Smart Grid technology, which have yet to be defined and published, problems ranging from incompatible componentry to obsolescence could muddle the technology’s effectiveness and waste the $4.5 billion from the Federal Government’s stimulus package that the Department of Energy is prepared to commit to the project.
Read the Cnet report here . More information is also available in this press release from NEMA.
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.