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Energy Efficiencies, Improve Energy Efficiencies, Renewable Energy Sources
We live in the Energy Age – imagine life in the 21st Century in most developed nations without the benefits of abundant and economical energy. But no resource on this Earth is really inexhaustible – and our traditional fossil fuel sources are not without limits. The world’s oil supplies are being depleted at a rapid rate. And more expensive (to extract, process, transport and distribute). There are still many nations without abundant and affordable energy. As more nations industrialize and modernize their systems, the demands made on the world’s fossil fuel supplies will place stress on things energy-related and on global supplies.
The hot topics today in energy include reduction of use, conservation of existing supplies, energy efficiencies, and especially alternative sources of energy. While the world goes on using traditional fossil fuels, the race is on to harness natural and renewable energy sources – solar, geo-thermal, wind, tidal, and other “clean” technologies. This section of Accountability Central brings you news and updates, research and insights, commentary and opinion, and more information you can use on Energy topics.
News & Updates
October 17, 2018 Oil Prices Under Pressure As U.S. Shale Supply SoarsSource: Oil Prices.com
The big story in oil markets this week has been the escalating tension between the United States and Saudi Arabia, with many analysts suggesting that crude prices could head even higher if the fued reaches a boiling point.
October 16, 2018 Natural gas jumps on expectations of above-average cold, with supplies at decade lowSource: CNBC
Natural gas prices jumped Monday on report of below-average cold weather expected across the U.S. at a time when gas supplies are at decade lows.
October 16, 2018 BMW, Northvolt and Umicore team up on battery sustainabilitySource: Reuters
BMW (BMWG.DE) is partnering with Swedish battery company Northvolt and Belgian materials and recycling group Umicore (UMI.BR) on a project to create a sustainable life cycle for batteries, the companies said on Monday.
Research & Insights
September 20, 2018 31 Percent Of U.S. Households Have Trouble Paying Energy BillsSource: NPR
Nearly a third of households in the United States have struggled to pay their energy bills, the Energy Information Administration said in a report released Wednesday. The differences were minor in terms of geography, but...
September 12, 2018 More than half PA gas wells used ‘secret’ chemicals for fracking or drilling, report saysSource: State Impact
Energy companies in Pennsylvania declined to identify potentially harmful chemicals used for drilling and fracking for natural gas in more than half the wells developed between 2013 and 2017, according to a report released on...
More than 95% of the world's population is breathing unhealthy air and the poorest nations are the hardest hit, a new report has found.
Commentary & Opinion
September 28, 2018 New SPE President Offers a Vision of Oil and Gas SustainabilitySource: Journal of Petroleum Industry
“I want to create conversations not only on the current and future image of our industry and the pride our work deserves, but also in the context of the accountability and responsibility that this pride imposes,” he said. “We can...
September 27, 2018 Three Common Misconceptions We Have About Solar EnergySource: Forbes
The influx of cheap, low-quality solar products in emerging markets has remained a pervasive problem. Off-grid families who have invested in low-quality solar products often lose trust in solar because these products tend to...
September 5, 2018 COMMENTARY: Fracking As The Next Financial Meltdown (Or Not)Source: Forbes
Shale fracking carries a political odor all its own, just as food whose genes were modified by primitive people is more acceptable that food modified—gasp—by scientists. As an example, the Massachusetts Sierra Club opposes gas...
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