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Energy

North America

07 January 2014

The Washington Office

Contact: Mark Langevin - Subregional Secretary

Address: 1200 18th Street NW #700 - Washington, D.C. 20036 - USA

Telephone: 202-744-0072

Email: mark.langevin@world-psi.org

Energy in India: Private investment not a panacea for all ills

8 Oct 2013

This article, published in India Together, outlines some of the key areas that need to be focused on, in order to make the country's energy sector genuinely healthy and inclusive. In particular, it identifies areas that need improvement and special attention beyond attracting private investment, namely energy access, environmental management and governance.

light bulb photo by Olga Reznik

United Nations issues brief: Energy

1 Jan 2014

This document has been prepared for the United Nations' member states and their deliberations, for decision-making over the post-2015 agenda and for a specific Sustainable Development Goal on energy.

FirstEnergy locks out utility workers in US

Demonstrators holding banners, one saying "I want to work"

FirstEnergy Corp. – one of the largest electric power corporations in the United States – locked out 150 members of the Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) in the early morning hours of November 25, three days before the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.

Unions and civil society walk out on UN climate talks in Poland

26 November 2013
Group demonstration at COP13

Trade union and civil society representatives at COP 13, the UN climate talks in Warsaw, walked out of the meeting on 21 November in protest of government and corporate inaction.

Presentation: Resist, reclaim, restructure

18 Oct 2013

This presentation was made by Josua Mata during the PSI Asia Pacific Quality Public Services Forum in Bangkok, Thailand - October 2013

Presentation: Is fracking a trade question?

16 Oct 2013

Presentation by Geert Decock, Policy Officer, Food & Water Europe. This document was presented at the PSI workship on the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), held during the WTO Forum in Geneva, Switzerland, 2 October 2013.

PSI Global Energy Meeting

Date: 
24 September, 2013 to 25 September, 2013

PSI unions will deal with the major challenges facing workers in energy and develop strategies to organise and mobilise in-country, by region and globally. We will ask 4-5 unions to help develop the agenda.

PSIRU Paper - International Financial Institutions and Energy Investments

20 Sep 2013

This paper examines: - The activities of the international financial institutions (IFIs) as they affect finance for the energy sector, through their preferences for private companies and insistence on eliminating price subsidies - How investments to extend electricity networks and develop new electricity generation depend largely on public finance - The annexe includes lists of current IFI projects affecting the energy sector

PSIRU Paper: Renewable energy

20 Sep 2013

As part of policies to combat climate change, there is a global commitment to increase the proportion of electricity generated from renewable energy sources, including hydro‐electric, wind, solar and geothermal. This reduces the use of fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and gas, which produce CO2 emissions and so contribute to climate change. National and global policies for renewable energies reflect the result of public debates and democratic decisions.