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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 31, 2014 Breathing Cleaner Air to Cost Americans on Utility Bills

Source: Bloomberg

U.S. electricity markets face years of higher prices as clean-air regulations shut more coal-fired power plants than earlier forecast, cutting supply and forcing producers to rely more on natural gas.

October 31, 2014 Gas wastewater likely triggered 2011 quake in Colorado: USGS

Source: Reuters

Underground disposal of wastewater from gas production likely triggered a moderate earthquake in Colorado in 2011, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Wednesday in a study that may fuel debate over the impact of the U.S. energy...

October 31, 2014 U.K. Gas Drops Most in 6 Weeks After Russia-Ukraine Deal

Source: BloombergBusinessWeek

U.K. natural gas prices fell the most in six weeks after Russia agreed to restore flows to Ukraine after a four-month halt, reducing the risk of supply disruptions to Europe during the peak demand winter season

Research & Insights

October 28, 2014 2 million barrels of oil from BP spill may be on ocean floor

Source: The Economic Times

Almost two million barrels of oil from the disastrous 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may be trapped in the ocean floor, a new study suggests

October 21, 2014 Natural Gas Detrimental to Low-Carbon Economy, Study Says

Source: Triple Pundit

Compared to dirty coal, natural gas looks like a clean fuel. As fracking becomes more widespread, natural gas is becoming more abundant. It is often touted as a bridge fuel, serving our energy needs until technology advances in...

October 1, 2014 Reports: A Guide To Boosting Solar Energy Demand

Source: Forbes

How can solar become the largest source of electricity in the world one day? The International Energy Agency released two reports on Monday to tell you how.

Commentary & Opinion

October 31, 2014 The future of energy in the EU

Energy Global - In March the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî called in its strongest ever terms for world leaders to cut carbon emissions to avert dramatic disruptions of natural ecosystems and human life....

October 27, 2014 12 Ways to Play the Energy Slump

Source: Barron's

After a sharp selloff, the energy sector is looking attractive. Energy stocks are 15% or more below their early-summer highs. The decline has accelerated since late September, as West Texas Intermediate oil has fallen $14, to $81...

October 27, 2014 The Financial Case For Fossil-Fuel Divesting?

Source: Forbes

There’s a financial case for divesting from funds with holdings in the fossil fuel industry, according to an advisor and author on socially responsible investing, but most activists don’t make the financial case.


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