There are many, many things that the public and policymakers know for sure about energy that just ain't so, Cobb writes. Here are seven alternative takes on conventional energy wisdom for 2014.
Ford's C-Max Solar Energi concept car uses rooftop solar panels and a large concentrating lens to run on the power of the sun alone. It won't be cruising down your street anytime soon, but the Ford C-Max Solar Energi hints at an automotive future powered directly by renewable energy.
Subsidies for wind energy end at midnight Dec. 31, but Democrats are pushing for renewal of wind's production tax credit for 2014. Opponents say the subsidies are costly and inefficient.
With dramatic new sources of both supply and demand emerging across the globe, energy is poised to get even more unconventional in 2014. What's next for oil, gas, and renewables?
Shale oil is poised to go international, Grealy writes. It’s already happening in Argentina, Australia and China, but the big prize is in Russia’s Bazhenov shale in Western Siberia.
It’s not hard to imagine China’s planners viewing synthetic natural gas as a promising avenue for addressing severe local air pollution, Styles writes, but the increase in carbon dioxide emissions from converting coal to synthetic natural gas could be substantial.
Protests against fracking tend to focus on natural gas, even though the potential for oil from fracking is significant. Would talking about oil change the debate?
Many consumers still can’t afford the steep sticker price of home solar, even if it offers the promise of low-cost, clean renewable energy in the long term. But innovative third-party financing is changing how solar panels are bought and sold.
Mexico’s energy reform will unfortunately only isolate Europe further from the shale oil and gas revolution taking place in North America, Grealy writes. Funds desperately needed for the European energy sector will flow to governments that are truly serious about shale.
South Sudan is rich in oil, but infrastructure challenges and rising violence could undermine economic hopes for a troubled region, Graeber writes. The country gained independence in 2011, but border issues, ethnic fighting and disputes over oil have led to violence in South Sudan.
As natural gas production soars at the Marcellus Shale, Pennsylvania may be the second-biggest gas-producing US state by the end of the year, according to the US Energy Information Administration.
When Royal Dutch Shell pulled the plug on its US gas-to-liquids project recently, the company said it was because it saw opportunities elsewhere. But abandoning the gas-to-liquids plant speaks much more loudly about shale gas than what Shell is saying in public, Cobb writes.
Tesla Motors has plans to release a Model E – 'E' for everyone – sometime in 2015. With a price estimated to be around $35,000, the Tesla Motors Model E would in theory offer the average American a long-range electric car for half the price of the current Model S.