Industry Market Trends

'Cleanest Coal Plants Ever' Coming to Minnesota

September 19, 2013

Boswell Energy Center

Boasting about the cleanest coal-fired power plant seems comparable to feeling good about devouring the lowest-calorie banana split. Each might not cause much damage, but we're still talking about damage.

Minnesota Power would likely take umbrage with the comparison. The utility company says it is spending $350 million to make its coal-fired facility "fully-compliant with both state and federal regulations.”

This achievement is particularly noteworthy because America still depends on coal for its energy. The U.S. generated about 4 trillion kW-hr of electricity last year and “about 68 percent of the electricity generated was from fossil fuel (coal, natural gas, and petroleum), with 37 percent attributed from coal,” according to the U.S. Energy Information Agency. Read More

Industry Market Trends

Don’t Flip a Coin When Developing Your Engineering Career

September 19, 2013

engineering
This article is courtesy of Engineering.com:
I recently spoke to an engineer who is currently unemployed and asked him what his short-term plans/goals are. He responded that he was going to either take a new job or get a master’s degree, whichever one comes first. Read More