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We're on the cusp of a revolution in the energy industry. It's one that could redraw the energy map of the world, give humanity the ability to tap essentially unlimited power sources, and – if you make the right investments – make a fortune for investors.

In short, we're living through a change in the way the world produces and consumes energy. It is a transition that's well under way. And it's being driven by the convergence of several key technological trends that are showing no sign of abating.

While you wouldn't be alone in thinking that solar power was further away than ever, you could be wrong. Solar is on the brink of becoming the world's dominant energy source.

Oil prices will stay low for a long time yet

At a meeting in Algiers a few weeks ago, Opec – which pumps 40% of the world’s oil – said it wanted to reduce production to help shore up low oil prices. But that now seems unlikely.

Betting on change in Venezuela

Nicolás Maduro’s government is keen not to scare off foreign creditors and has prioritised debt service over other urgent needs.

Steer clear of oil junk bonds

Energy companies may be in much better shape that they were, but their revival in the junk-bond market is merely inflating a massive bubble further.

How to profit as Opec throws in the towel

Opec has called a truce in its battle with US shale producers, trimming output to maintain prices. John Stepek picks the best way to invest as the oil price rises.

Opec’s cut: less than meets the eye

The oil price bounced by 5% on the news that Opec had agreed to cut output for the first time since 2008. But non-Opec producers are ramping up production.

Rejoice: lower oil prices are here for a while longer

Oil producers are meeting in an attempt to bolster prices. But don’t expect them to strike a deal. Here’s why, and what low prices mean for the rest of us.

Coking coal: the year’s top commodity

The price of coking coal has more than doubled to four-year highs around $205 a tonne since the beginning of July. That makes it 2016’s best-performing commodity.

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