U.S. to Provide $150 Million in Clean Energy Tax Credits
The U.S. government today announced the availability of $150 million in new tax credits for clean energy projects and energy-efficient manufacturing. The new measure could provide a financial boost to a wide range of companies across the country. Earlier today, the U.S. Treasury Department and the Department of Energy unveiled a new tax program that will provide up to $150 million in tax credits...Read More »
Can Hydrogen Make Renewable Energy More Effective?
Cities across the globe are striving to increase the portion of their energy that comes from renewable sources, such as wind, solar, and ocean tides. But these sources have shortcomings, as we noted last month. The problem with renewable energy is that sometimes the sun is not shining or the wind isn't blowing, said Ake Johnsen, marketing director for H-TEC Systems GmbH. At Hannover Messe, April...Read More »
The Best Paying Jobs for Associate's and Bachelor's Degrees
Higher education leads to bigger paychecks over the course of a career, but not all degrees amount to the same earnings. A new study sheds light on the best paying jobs for two-and four-year degrees, and several engineering occupations are named. Previous studies have shown that earning a postsecondary degree boosts a salary by a significant amount, leading to higher lifetime earnings than high...Read More »
For Some Manufacturers, Going Green Means Sticking to What You Know
Across the globe, manufacturing companies are looking for ways to produce quality products while also reducing their environmental impact. And the routes many companies are taking to achieve this show the level of innovation and dedication that makes manufacturing a strong, vibrant industry. Not all manufacturers make products that are inherently green. But forward-thinking businesses are finding...Read More »
European Push for EV Charging Stations: Should the U.S. Follow Suit?
If the electric vehicle market is ever going to take off in the U.S., it will require a thorough infrastructure of charging stations. However, there are those who claim the current lack of charging stations is due mainly to poor EV sales. The challenge, it appears, is a little bit of chicken-and-egg syndrome. The E.U. is leading the charge (no pun intended) by executing a massive, multi-country...Read More »
U.S. Manufacturing Surges in January
The U.S. manufacturing sector posted strong growth through January, expanding at its fastest pace in nine months thanks to an upswing in domestic demand and improved hiring among American factories. Business activity in the U.S. manufacturing sector surged in January, continuing the trend of healthy growth and setting promising conditions for American industry at the start of 2013. Last month,...Read More »
Recruiters Reveal Solutions for Greater STEM Diversity
Although minorities account for most of the nation's population growth, employers hiring for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) occupations have found that there is a diversity shortage among position candidates. The solution to effective diversity recruiting requires a long-term multifaceted approach, according to a recent study. Recent immigration peaks and high birth rates among...Read More »
The U.S. Army Keeps Going Solar, as New Installation at White Sands is Biggest Yet
On just about every front, the United States military is moving toward becoming a more environmentally-conscious operation. We've covered that before, including this story by Tracey Schlemetic from last April exploring how the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) is leading the way in renewable energy through programs like ExFOB, or Experimental Forward Operating Base, which is a base containing a collection...Read More »
Are Robots Killing Jobs or Creating Them?
Does the increasing use of production robots and other automation machinery eliminate jobs and lead to higher unemployment, or does it provide greater efficiency, boost business, and ultimately spur job growth? Drew Greenblatt, the president of Marlin Steel, an American company that manufactures wire baskets and sheet metal products, is a strong supporter of automation and robotics as...Read More »
As U.S. Manufacturing Expands, California Reports Sector Job Loss
A national manufacturing report by the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) indicates that production and employment are growing in the sector, but separate reports show that California struggles to keep pace with the country as high manufacturing costs and company closures are taking a toll on the state. A new report by ISM signals a positive sign for manufacturing in several areas; new orders,...Read More »