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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

March 20, 2018 Energy market commission says electricity grid increasingly unstable (Australia)

The Australian Energy Market Commission says the national electricity grid is becoming more unstable, with 11 incidents in 2016-17, up from seven the year before and four the year before that.

March 19, 2018 Jobs in solar energy fall for the first time in seven years

Source: PRI

The United States used to be one of the world's leading manufacturers of solar panels, but that’s no longer true,” he says. “That’s why, when the price of installing a solar panel goes up in the United States, you're going to see...

March 16, 2018 Russian hackers targeted US energy assets, officials say

Source: The Hill

The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI accused Russian hackers on Thursday of waging coordinated cyberattacks against the U.S. energy sector and other elements of critical infrastructure since at least March 2016.

Research & Insights

March 1, 2018 New study upends conventional thinking about what’s driving down carbon emissions

Source: ThinkProgress

The study, “Factoring in the Forgotten Role of Renewables in CO2 Emission Trends Using Decomposition Analysis,” comes on the heels of the release of a Bloomberg New Energy Finance report, which found that in 2017...

February 14, 2018 Does fracking adversely impact on drinking water?

Source: Digital Journal

New research suggests a negative impact of hydraulic fracturing, intended to extract gas and oil, upon streams, plus downstream recreation water and drinking water. The research has been led by the University of Central...

January 17, 2018 Fracking is one of the least sustainable ways to produce electricity, says new study

Source: Independent

When comparing environmental, economic and social sustainability, scientists find shale gas extraction ranks seventh out of nine different energy sources

Commentary & Opinion

December 19, 2017 The Guardian view on Theresa May and Brexit: time to get off her fantasy island Editorial

Source: The Guardian

The prime minister’s weakness and Conservative divisions mean she can only control her party by concealing basic truths about the Brexit process

November 20, 2017 Bloomberg View: Germany needs to stop burning so much coal

Source: Watertown Daily Times

By 2020, according to an analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, this should triple the price of carbon to 24 euros a ton — high enough to push all European countries away from coal. If Merkel acts on the proposal to...

November 18, 2017 Tesla is 'going out of business,' says former GM exec Bob Lutz

Source: CNBC

Tesla is a "losing enterprise" that won't last, Bob Lutz, former vice chairman of General Motors, told CNBC on Friday. "There is no secret sauce in Tesla. They use the same lithium-ion batteries as everybody else," he said. He...

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