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
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.