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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

April 17, 2015 BP shareholders vote overwhelmingly in support of disclosure on climate change risks

Source: Financial Post

LONDON — BP shareholders voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to publish regular updates on how its strategies were affecting climate change from next year, making it one of the first global oil companies to disclose such details.

April 17, 2015 AGL to shut all coal-fired power stations by 2050 in bid to limit global warming

Source: Reuters

One of Australia’s biggest energy companies, AGL, has pledged to shut all its coal-fired power stations by 2050. In a surprise announcement, chief executive Andy Vesey said the company would not build, finance or acquire new...

April 17, 2015 Big U.S. investors push SEC for oil industry to detail risks of climate change

Source: Reuters

Calpers, the largest American public pension fund, and nearly 60 other institutional investors will ask the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday to require oil and natural gas companies to publish detailed analysis...

Research & Insights

April 16, 2015 Obama's EPA Rule Is Redrawing the U.S. Coal Map

Source: Bloomberg

America’s oldest coal plants are retiring like they’re Baby Boomers, and some of them are the same age. About 17 percent of U.S. coal-fired power generation will vanish in the next few years — some 7.5 percent this year alone,...

April 10, 2015 Why 2015 could be a record year for the greening of U.S. energy

Source: Washington Post

Nonetheless, 2015 is shaping up to be a pretty special year and a pretty significant 365-day shift in how we get our power, says a 2015 power market outlook released Thursday by Bloomberg New Energy Finance

April 8, 2015 This Animated Map Shows How Moving Oil by Rail Exploded in the Past Five Years

Source: Bloomberg

America's oil boom has unearthed new supplies of crude so fast that the nation's system of pipelines hasn't been able to keep up. And so an industry is born: Crude by rail.

Commentary & Opinion

April 17, 2015 Business Viewpoint: The fracking truth may be a different truth

Source: Tulsa World

Whether scorned by those who view it as an environmental threat, or touted as the savior of the domestic energy industry, fracking is in the news. But, can you believe all you read? Is it true that fracking has resulted in...

April 14, 2015 Keep it in the ground: why this is a matter of basic ethics

Source: The Guardian

If the purpose of your existence is to make the world a better place, why would you invest billions of dollars in companies that make the greatest contribution to global climate change? That’s the simple question behind the...

April 13, 2015 The Dirty Secret of Obama’s Carbon Plan

Source: Wall Street Journal

Americans don’t give much thought to whether their electricity will be there when they need it. You flip a switch, the lights go on. Your phone charges up. The medical equipment in the emergency room does its job. Yet electric...


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