While the nation will gain 55 million new job openings by 2020, most of the fastest growing occupations — including those in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields —will require more than just a high school diploma. However, at the current college graduation rate, U.S. employers will face some serious staffing challenges ahead; the country will fall short by 5 million workers with post-secondary education by 2020, according to a recent report by Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce.
In its current state, the U.S. electrical grid does not have energy storage backup capacity to compensate for peak load demand. As such, the supply of energy generated by power plants needs to match the demand for it in real-time. Managing that supply and demand is tricky for grid operators. Read more
A few weeks ago President Barack Obama announced plans to order the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to propose limits on carbon dioxide emissions from existing coal and gas-fired utilities by 2015. What wasn’t talked about as much is that, as important as it is for the future to reduce CO2 emissions, it’s equally vital that American finds a way to capture and store carbon dioxide as well.
The reality is that we’re never going to be able to fully reduce our carbon emissions unless we figure out a way to capture and store it for the future. Read more