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By Bob Beckmann, Certified Energy Manager & Engineer for Missouri Enterprise

When was the last time you read your electric bill?  I mean besides the total amount you need to pay.  Electric bills vary from month to month, so it is human nature to just put it on the stack to pay and then make out the check at the end of the month.  But your bill can hide some secrets or rather, point you to some areas where you can save.  Allow me to uncover as we go section by section.

By Bob Beckmann, Certified Energy Manager & Engineer for Missouri Enterprise

We are all here in Missouri together—which means we are used to the everchanging and unpredictable weather. It rains one day, followed by a heatwave and then our week is capped off with…what…snow?! This is all pretty typical for us Missourians. We may not be able to accurately forecast the next 30 minutes of weather, but what we CAN do is offer three simple energy savings tips that you can implement today and start to see savings on your next electric bill.

By Tom Brown, Executive Director, Corporate Production and Sustainability, Brewer Science

Brewer Science is a global technology leader and manufacturer of innovative materials and processes used in the fabrication of semiconductors and microelectronic devices. In 1981, the company revolutionized lithography processes with its invention of Brewer Science® ARC® anti-reflective coatings, one of the many innovations we’ve produced that helps make electronic devices as small, fast and affordable as they are today. Our products and solutions are an important part of the tablet computers, smartphones, digital cameras, televisions and LED lighting that you use every day, and we run our business right here in Missouri.

By Tom Noon, President, KC Computer Support

Cyber Security myths can pose a danger to your business.  Debunking the myths can keep your company safe from cyber criminals.
Security is a hot-button issue within the IT world. Despite cyber security firms stressing the importance of keeping confidential data safe, companies seemingly fail to heed warnings. On a regular basis, news agencies are reporting significant data breaches within the network of large corporations. To stay protected, your company needs to stop falling for some of the most common IT security myths.

By Brenda Story, Missouri Enterprise, Director of Information Technology 

We hear so much about protecting our data and technology from cyberattack, that we tend to forget that even the best defenses could still be broken.  Cyberthieves and hackers are aggressively staying just ahead of the curve, continuously thwarting even some of the very best protections.  The effects of a cyberattack can range from something so simple as “a little down time”, to utter devastation that cripples an operation’s ability to function, destroying the foundation of a company’s systems.

by Jeanne Wagner, Missouri Enterprise Chief Financial Officer

Why is a CFO offering you an article on cybersecurity?  Because putting your head in the sand can be an incredibly expensive policy for your company.  If you don’t have a strict written policy and protocols in place to protect your information and systems against the threat of cyberattack, you’re running a huge risk.

By Rick Prugh
Missouri Enterprise Area Business Manager

Thanks to the federally-funded Make It In America (MIIA) program, Missouri manufacturers are better positioned to sell more components and subcomponents to the global supply chains to construct and maintain nuclear power plants.  Missouri Enterprise managed the just-completed program to make companies aware of growing sales opportunities and provide them with the information necessary to qualify and compete in this market estimated at $700 billion between now and 2030.  Because wind and solar power cannot dependably supply baseload power, it is practically impossible for the U.S. to meet its carbon reduction goals without utilizing nuclear energy, which generates no carbon in its generation process.  

by Rick Prugh, Missouri Enterprise Project Manager

Duck and cover!  For school students in the 1950’s and 1960’s, random civil defense drills were conducted where everyone was instructed to jump under their desks and cover their heads in the event of a nuclear bomb attack.  Those drills helped terrify an entire generation of Americans regarding nuclear power, who handed that fear down to their kids, and so on. 

By Bob Beckmann, Missouri Enterprise Project Manager and Certified Energy Manager

It is a New Year and time for a New Year’s resolution.  The most frequent personal resolution is to lose weight.   A company does not measure improvement by the size of its waist but rather by the size of its waste – so maybe a corporate resolution may be in order for 2016.