The energy sector is going through a period of upheaval. Shale gas is giving American firms access to cheap energy, and could rescue Britain from the looming prospect of shortages. Meanwhile, oil prices remain high and interest in renewable energy continues.
As a result a number of new investment trusts, funds and ETFs (exchange-traded funds) have appeared, in addition to the many existing ones. These enable investors to invest in the sector while diversifying their holdings. They also allow access to companies and projects not listed on major stock exchanges.