Industry Market Trends

The One Renewable Energy Source Unaffected by Weather

January 18, 2013

Recently the Seattle Times ran an article with a seemingly paradoxical headline: “Rise in renewable energy will require more use of fossil fuels.” Wasn’t renewable energy supposed to take the place of fossil fuels? Isn’t that the whole point? Let’s be clear: We love the idea of renewable energy. Why, if we had a magic wand, all the earth’s energy needs would be met through renewable sources. The No. 1 Saudi export would be pistachios. Unfortunately, we do not have such a wand. We do have a choice: We can either ratchet down our energy consumption to match the levels that can be provided by renewable energy sources, or we can continue to use fossil fuels to maintain the lifestyles we demand. We don’t get both. Read More

Industry Market Trends

Friday Focus: Manufacturing a Better Education

January 18, 2013

Colleges and manufacturers nationwide are making strides to help fill the skills gap on manufacturing shop floors. Here are the latest incentives that are geared to help students get the best out of their education and help factories keep their competitive edge when it’s time to recruit the top talent. Read More