Thanks to renewable energy, L.A. electricity rates skyrocket
The city of Los Angeles plans to raise its citizen's utility bills in the hopes of driving up the usage of renewable energy.
Determined to fulfill his pledge to require Los Angeles to derive 20% of its electricity from renewable sources by end of the year, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is moving ahead with plans to impose a stiff carbon surcharge on monthly utility bills. The mayor's goal is to push the city's Dept. of Water and Power (DWP) away from coal and toward wind and solar energy. Under the plan unveiled March 15, households that get their power from DWP could see their electricity bills increase by 8.8 to 28.4%, depending on where they live and how much energy they use. The plan will be phased in over the next year.
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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.