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A Current Look at the Global Paper Industry Trends

A Current Look at the Global Paper Industry Trends

The paper industry has had its ups and downs over the past few decades, with the advent of digital technology, “going paperless,” and environmental concerns about overusing forests. There are global trends in the paper industry, however, that are overcoming these challenges and providing fuel… read more

Could Biomass and Coal Be Energy’s New Odd Couple?

Could Biomass and Coal Be Energy’s New Odd Couple?

Older generations fondly remember watching Felix Unger and Oscar Madison share a New York City apartment during the five-season run of “The Odd Couple” in the 1970s. Their continual fights based on their “opposites-don’t-attract” mentality were entertaining – but they also were predictive, if one… read more

How Does U.S. Coal Power Plant Efficiency Stack Up?

How Does U.S. Coal Power Plant Efficiency Stack Up?

When it comes to coal power plants, efficiency is the name of the game. Ultimately, more efficiency means fewer bottom-line costs. Higher efficiency ratings mean that coal is more competitive against natural gas and renewables. All other things considered equal, pursuing higher efficiency can be… read more

The Perils of “Shoddy Maintenance” for Power Plants

The Perils of “Shoddy Maintenance” for Power Plants

Last fall, a legal battle was initiated when a unit of Marathon Petroleum Corp. sued BP subsidiaries over alleged “shoddy maintenance,” as reported by Industry Week. The charges? According to Marathon, BP failed to adequately maintain and repair a refinery in Texas City before selling… read more

Natural Gas Is Beating Coal - for Now. Will It Last?

Natural Gas Is Beating Coal – for Now. Will It Last?

In 2016, according to the Energy Information Administration, something significant happened in the domestic energy industry: for most of last year, natural gas became the number one source for electricity generation in the U.S. – ahead of coal. This was not unforeseen; experts have been… read more