The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced today they have reversed their longstanding recommendation to make use of a Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) for energy management. The DOE now suggest using manual paper-based maintenance management.

This decision was based on high unemployment rates in both the Forestry and Paper Mill industries. Officials further explained that this decision would benefit unemployment throughout the nation because manual paper-based maintenance management is terribly inefficient and therefore will require additional staff to complete tasks.

Industry Reaction

The announcement was met with swift applause throughout the paper mill industry. However, spokesmen for energy plants and manufacturing facilities did express some concern that younger employees did not have the necessary skillsto read and write using pencil and paper. In an effort to appease these groups, the DOE has agreed to roll back the caps on CO2 emissions another 10 years.

The Reaction From CMMS Providers

CMMS providers by and large are shaking their heads in disbelief but not despair. As one industry leader commented “There are only so many trees to go around”.

Tell us what you think. Is this an issue of putting people to work or a conspiracy to revert to simpler times?