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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
December 11, 2013 EBRD Scraps Most Financing for Coal Power PlantsSource: Bloomberg
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development will scrap most assistance for coal-fired power plants, joining the World Bank and the U.S. in a retreat from supporting the most polluting fossil fuel.
December 11, 2013 Over 100 organisations call on Government to back Fourth Carbon Budget
wwf.org.uk - ~ âGovernment must uphold the ambition of the Fourth Carbon Budget and show its support to a vital part of the UKâs economyâ says alliance ~ A wide alliance of over 100 organisations from across the...
December 11, 2013 U.S. Solar Gained 35% in Third Quarter Led by Big PlantsSource: Bloomberg
Developers installed 930 megawatts of photovoltaic solar capacity in the U.S. during the third quarter and are on pace to almost double that, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association.
Research & Insights
November 5, 2013 5 Charts That Explain the Great Energy ShiftSource: The Atlantic
The United States is undergoing the greatest revolution in energy production in decades thanks to the shale-gas boom and the rise of renewable energy. The lure of cheap natural gas has led utilities to shutter aging and...
October 30, 2013 California Fracking Study May Take 18 Months, Brown SaysSource: Bloomberg
Governor Jerry Brown said it may take as long as 18 months for California, the third-largest oil-producing state, to complete an environmental review of the oil and gas drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing.
October 23, 2013 Confronting America's Persistent Energy IlliteracySource: Forbes
Americans want more natural gas, but they don’t favor the hydraulic fracturing process used to produce it. That’s the findings of a recent University of Texas survey in which 80 percent of the respondents said they want the feds...
Commentary & Opinion
November 27, 2013 Jigar Shah on why hybrid cars are overrated
Fortune Tech - 1. What alternative energy projects are you most excited about' Originally my inspiration came from solar energy. While that is still near and dear to my heart, my work at the îCarbon War Roomî showed...
November 19, 2013 Wealthy nations pledged billions to help the poor adapt to climate change. Where did it all go?Source: Washington Post
One of the cruel ironies of climate change is that the poor countries that have contributed the least to the problem are expected to get hit the hardest. That's why, in recent years, many of the world's wealthier nations —...
November 8, 2013 Nuclear: A surprisingly progressive solution to climate changeSource: CNN
Last week a leaked draft of a report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that climate change will have severe ramifications for the global food supply, making it harder for crops to survive and leading to...
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