Southern California Edison gets proactive with greenhouse gas reduction
Southern California Edison (SCE), Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., proposed a collection of voluntary greenhouse gas reduction projects ahead of the state’s final climate change rules that are due in 2012.
Southern California Edison (SCE), Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., proposed a collection of voluntary greenhouse gas reduction projects ahead of the state’s final climate change rules that are due in 2012. The projects will cost $23 million and will eliminate 3.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. SCE will ask the California Public Utilities Commission for permission to include projects’ costs in customer rates, which will result in a 0.2 of 1% raise in current rates. The program consists of eight projects that will take place in California and outside of the state. The projects include the conversion of livestock waste and abandoned mine methane to energy and the conversion of 1,000 truck stop parking spaces to supply truck cabs with heating, cooling, cable T.V., and electrical services. Other projects include the replacement of diesel forklifts and agriculture pump engines with electric models, the planting of 70,000 urban trees, the reduction of sulfur hexafluoride emissions from high voltage electrical equipment, and the implementation of a consumer rebate for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.
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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.