Technology tells you what you can do; economics…what you should do; politics...what you will do. Approximate oracles surely, but what are they telling us about our energy future these days?
In general, technology is telling us we have a proliferating number of new and excellent tools with which to change our energy infrastructure for the better. Listening more closely, it is telling us that innovation has never been easier, but to stop looking for breakthroughs. Energy breakthroughs these days are manifested by tipping points, not the brilliance of Nobel laureates. The apparent "aha!", on closer examination, usually turns out to be the product of twenty years of tenacity and scraping for funding, followed by a stroke of luck in the nick of time to head off a technology venture's imminent collapse.