Recruiting and training engineers to build Siemens’ combined-cycle natural gas turbines gets a boost from ‘mechatronics’

When Siemens AG decided to focus the manufacturing of state-of-the-technology combined-cycle natural gas turbines in Charlotte, North Carolina, it encountered difficulty securing the needed technicians and skilled machinists and welders.  It moved quickly to fill the gap with a relatively unique combination of initiatives to identify, recruit, educate and train the personnel who could help […]

Phase-out of wind production tax credit could help secure its extension

Amid the lame-duck rush to conclude the 112th Congress, the proposed extension of the 10-year wind energy production tax credit, or PTC, is one of the two big energy issues President Obama has to juggle as he prepares for his second term and tries to keep the U.S. economy from falling off the ‘fiscal cliff’. […]

The demand response holy grail: are your commercial facility managers ‘PROsumers’?

To hear some industry pros explain it, only about 5% of all commercial buildings in the U.S. have achieved, or are about to achieve, what Siemens considers to be the “holy grail” of energy demand response management. These are facilities owned by companies that are not only holistically integrating sustainability into their operations and culture […]