Energy and Utilities

A Straight Up Wager on Coal

Looking for a pure play in metallurgical coal? Alabama’s Warrior Met Coal is the only one you’ll find. Question is: How many are willing to bet on coal?

Renewable Energy Waste Conversion

Recycling human waste into fertilizer may seem like an indelicate topic for polite society, but it’s an important one nonetheless. Like most...

Renewable Power Liftoff

A photo of solar panels stands out on the cover of Atlanta-based Southern Co.’s annual report, and it speaks volumes about the company’s...

Inside Alabama’s Largest Foundation

The Alabama Power Foundation is the largest charitable foundation in the state and the 29th largest corporate foundation in the country, according to...

Flashback: Coalition of the Willing

Talking energy policy, politicians like to trumpet national security. But when it comes to the risks of offshore drilling, they mostly head...

The Farmer's Alchemist

There’s oil in them there … corn cobs? A Tuscaloosa-based company certainly thinks so. Inventure Renewables has created a process to take basic...

EPA Cracks Down on Coal

Representatives of coal-fired utilities and politicians in Alabama have been crying foul since the Environmental Protection Agency unveiled its first-ever proposal to reduce carbon...

Algae Green Plastics

Plastics are essential in modern industry, but their downsides are hard to ignore. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 32 million...

Gulf Oil Feeding Frenzy

Remember when the Exxon Valdez supertanker struck a reef in 1989 and spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil into Alaska’s Prince William Sound?...

Energen’s Third Act Gushes

When James McManus took over as the CEO of Energen Corp. in 2007, the company was on the brink of a transformation....

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Market Volatility: Weighing the Wide Swings

Why what happened in 2018 is not out of the ordinary. Why not to overreact.

Spotlight on Montgomery County

Montgomery County, in central Alabama, is part of the state’s River Region and is home to the state’s capital city, Montgomery.

Airbus Breaks Ground on New Assembly Line in Mobile

When the new Airbus A220 line gears up, Mobile will be the fourth largest producer of commercial aircraft in the world.

Birmingham Scrutinizes its Workforce

Birmingham put the numbers to its job market and found a lot of work to be done. For one, its IT segment grew 77 percent in five years, creating a job gap that will grow over the next decade.

Winning the Plant, Finding the Workforce

Alabama auto industry ramps up workforce development efforts in advance of the new Mazda Toyota plant.