State regulators charged with increasing utility efficiency
The National Resources Defenses Council and Edison Electric Institute urge officials to help utilities make energy efficiency a durable business proposition.
In an open letter to members of the National Assn. of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), members of the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Edison Electric Institute (EEI) called upon the organization to actively consider ways to increase energy efficiency within the electric utility industry.
Emerging from years of dialogue among representatives of the U.S. environmental community and electric power sector, the letter urges NARUC members to move beyond removing disincentives to greater efficiency gains, to creating an environment in which power companies can build “a durable business case for utility involvement in end-use energy efficiency.” The letter was delivered to NARUC Nov. 18 during the group’s annual meeting, in New Orleans.
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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