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The Energy Markets in Flux: Looking Back on 2014

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The Energy Markets in Flux: Looking Back on 2014

The Energy Markets in Flux: Looking Back on 2014

Last year, so much changed in the energy market that it takes a bit of extra time to digest it all.

The oil price crashed, but as we showed in last week’s Chart of the Week, even that was not able to stop the glut that is currently being experienced in the United States.

Geopolitical events involving Ukraine and the Middle East prominently affected energy as well. Russia flexed muscles by halting exports of natural gas to Ukraine in June 2014 over a debt dispute. Though exports resumed in December, Ukraine is now buying over 60% of gas from European suppliers like Poland and Slovakia.

The price of thermal coal also continued its decline. Though this is a less followed story than oil, it has big repercussions on countries that use coal as a big part of their energy mix. Meanwhile, wind energy was the second most added energy type in terms of capacity behind natural gas. Many European nations now have a big piece of their energy mix covered by wind: Denmark (39%), Spain (23%), UK (9%), Germany (8%) and Italy (6%).

Want to know how much solar, wind, oil, gas, or nuclear energy it takes to power a major city for a year? Check out our Powering New York slideshow.

Original graphics from: ICIS

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Visualized: A Decade of Clean Energy Investment

In this graphic, Visual Capitalist has partnered with EnergyX to explore the growth of global clean energy investment.

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Visualized: A Decade of Clean Energy Investment

Global energy investment is growing every year. But recently, investments in clean energy have been significantly outpacing investments in fossil fuels.

For this graphic, we partnered with EnergyX to explore how global energy investment has changed and learn how investments in clean energy are starting to pay off for their investors.

The Rise of Sustainable Energy Investment

Propelled by various climate initiatives such as the Paris Agreement and the widespread adoption of EVs, global investment in sustainable energy surged to over $1.7 trillion in 2023, the highest ever, and the IEA projects that this growth could continue:

Energy Product20202021202220232030F
Clean Electrification$0.97T$1.05$1.21T$1.34T$1.65T
Low-Emission Fuels$0.01T$0.01$0.01T$0.02T$0.05T
Energy Efficiency$0.28T$0.35$0.39T$0.38T$0.49T
Clean Energy Total$1.26T$1.41T$1.61T$1.74T$2.19T
Natural Gas$0.26T$0.27T$0.31T$0.32T$0.35T
Oil$0.42T$0.48T$0.52T$0.55T$0.60T
Coal$0.16T$0.16T$0.18T$0.18T$0.11T
Fossil Fuel Total$0.84T$0.91T$1.01T$1.05T$1.06T
Total Energy Investment$2.10T$2.32T$2.62T$2.79T$3.25T
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Between 2020 and 2030, global investment in sustainable energy could increase by 74% to nearly $2.2 trillion, compared to just 26% additional investment in fossil fuels, with a forecast total of $1.06 trillion. This shows that sustainability is the future of energy investment. 

Sustainable Investor Success Stories

While the growing investments in clean energy show that the world embraces sustainability, energy investors will still look for decent returns. Now, in 2024, clean energy investments are beginning to bear fruit. Here are just a few examples:     

  • Between 2019 and 2023, Tesla had a cumulative return of 1,073% 
  • NextEra Energy’s quarterly dividend increased by over 10% as of February 2024
  • Investors in EnergyX have 10x’ed their investments since the company’s first offering in 2021

Lithium plays a critical role in powering electric vehicles (EVs) and facilitating the transition to sustainable energy. EnergyX has patented technology that enhances lithium extraction rates by up to 300%, contributing to meeting the growing demand for lithium and fueling the EVs of the future.

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