Profiting from Clean Energy : A Complete Guide to Trading Green in Solar, Wind, Ethanol, Fuel Cell, Carbon Credit Industries, and More

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  • Copyright: 2008-03-03
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With Profiting from Clean Energy, respected investment analyst Richard Asplund provides an in-depth explanation of the technology and industry structure behind various sectors of this field and in the process identifies more than 150 stocks related to clean energy. Along the way, Asplund discusses exactly what it takes to effectively invest in clean energy-whether it be through buying individual stocks, investing in green exchange-traded funds or mutual funds, or trading the biofuel and carbon credit markets.

Author Biography

Richard W. Asplund is a professional investment analyst and advisor with twenty-five years of experience. He received an MBA cum laude from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, a juris doctor degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a bachelor of science degree in industrial engineering cum laude from the University of Minnesota. Asplund founded his own investment research firm in 1983 and is currently a professional equity analyst and advisor specializing in clean energy stocks. He has been interviewed on CNBC, Fox, Bloomberg TV, Japanese NHK TV, and National Public Radio, and has been quoted in print publications such as Dow Jones, Reuters, USA Today, Newsweek, and others.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Clean Energy Investments and Performance: The Show Has Just Begunp. 5
Clean Energy Business Startupp. 5
Angel Investingp. 7
Venture Capitalp. 7
Publicly Traded Stocksp. 8
Clean Energy Stocks Listed Outside the U.S.p. 10
Large-cap Stocksp. 11
Global Petroleum Companiesp. 12
Clean Energy Exchange-Traded Funds (ETFs)p. 14
Green Mutual Fundsp. 15
Global ETFs and Green Mutual Fundsp. 20
Futures and Optionsp. 21
Investment Criteria for Publicly Traded Stocksp. 21
Valuation and Bubblesp. 22
Clean Energy Stock Performancep. 23
Catalysts for the Clean Energy Industryp. 27
Fossil Fuel Negatives: Pollution, CO[subscript 2] Emissions, Cartels, Price Spikes, and Rising Pricesp. 27
Energy Securityp. 31
Growing Global Energy Demandp. 33
Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Climate Changep. 36
Clean Energy Technology Improvementsp. 39
Demand for Distributed Power Solutions Due to Grid Unreliabilityp. 40
Rising Electricity Pricesp. 41
Could the Clean Energy Movement Fizzle if Oil Prices Plunge?p. 43
Clean Energy Catalysts: Investment Conclusionp. 46
The Government Push: Strong Enough to Get Clean Energy to Fossil Fuel Parity?p. 47
Types of Government Clean Energy Incentives and Mandatesp. 48
Renewable Energy Targets Worldwidep. 50
Government Clean Energy Support Initiatives in the United Statesp. 53
A Post-Kyoto Carbon Emissions Frameworkp. 57
Clean Energy Potential: Double-Digit Growth for Decadesp. 61
Overview of Global and U.S. Energy Flowsp. 62
Overview of U.S. Electricity Generation Sourcesp. 65
Fossil Fuel Market Size: Even a Nose Under the Tent Is Worth Billionsp. 69
Renewable Energy Forecastsp. 70
Solar Power: The Sky Is the Limitp. 75
Solar Thermal Powerp. 75
Solar Photovoltaic Powerp. 81
Solar Power Industry Growth Ratesp. 89
Demand Generated by Government Incentives and Regulationp. 91
Solar Power Pricing and Competitivenessp. 99
Upstream Solar Players: Polysilicon and Wafer Producersp. 103
Thin Film Threats to Crystalline Silicon Solar Cellsp. 112
Upgraded Metallurgical Silicon (uMGS): A Threat to Traditional Polysilicon Producers?p. 116
Solar PV Cell and Module Producersp. 118
The Investment Outlook for Solar Cell/Module Manufacturersp. 122
Wind Power: The Dutch Windmill Gets a Technology Makeoverp. 125
Advantages and Disadvantages of Wind Powerp. 126
How Do Wind Turbines Work?p. 128
Technological Developmentsp. 129
Offshore Windp. 130
Industry Growth Rates and Prospects for Future Growthp. 131
The Economics of Wind Powerp. 133
Government-Sponsored Incentivesp. 135
Wind Industry Issue: Component Shortagesp. 137
Wind Industry Playersp. 137
Fuel Cells: Present and Accounted for in Some Applications Alreadyp. 147
Advantages and Disadvantages of Fuel Cellsp. 148
What is a Fuel Cell? Overview of the Technologyp. 149
Fuel Cell Industry Analysis: Industry Playersp. 154
Fuel Cell Industry Target Marketsp. 158
Commercialization Challengesp. 158
Geothermal Power: Dante's Contribution to Clean Energyp. 163
Advantages and Disadvantages of Geothermal Powerp. 163
Geothermal Resourcesp. 165
The Extraction of Geothermal Energyp. 167
Geothermal Power Plant Systems Under Developmentp. 169
Geothermal Heat Pumpsp. 170
Economics of Geothermal Powerp. 171
The Future of Geothermal Energyp. 172
Cleaner Utilities: Teaching an Old Dog New Tricksp. 177
Green Power Marketing Programsp. 178
Renewable Energy Certificatesp. 180
Sources of Renewable Energyp. 181
Methane Gas Extractionp. 183
Companies Operating in Biomass and Biogasp. 184
Wave and Tide Powerp. 185
Power Efficiency: 'The Cheapest and Most Available Source of Energy Is the Energy We Waste'p. 187
Efficient Appliancesp. 189
Efficient Lightingp. 190
Efficient Buildings-Green Buildingsp. 197
Companies Involved in Building Efficiencyp. 198
Smart Meters: Getting Smart on Grid Efficiency and Reliabilityp. 201
Smart Gridp. 201
Demand Response as a Power Efficiency Solutionp. 203
The Role of Smart Metersp. 206
Demand Response and Advanced Meteringp. 210
Benefits of Smart Metersp. 210
Current Smart Meter Usagep. 211
Advanced Metering Costs and Benefitsp. 212
Southern California Edison's Business Case Experience for Advanced Meteringp. 214
Interoperability and Industry Standardsp. 214
Global Demand Responsep. 215
U.S. Regulators-Generally Positive Toward Advanced Meteringp. 216
What is Ahead for the Smart Meter Industry?p. 216
Industry Meter Penetration Rates and Upgrade Opportunitiesp. 217
Smart Meter Industry Growth Ratesp. 218
Electricity Meter Market Sharesp. 219
Power Storage and Backup Systems: When the Grid Just Won't Dop. 225
Types of Direct Electricity Storage Systemsp. 227
Types of Power Storage Systemsp. 231
Target Market Sizesp. 233
Clean Transportation: Electric Hybrids Are Charged Up and Ready to Gop. 237
The Internal Combustion Engine: Can It Be Saved?p. 238
Alternative Fuels for the Internal Combustion Enginep. 239
Eliminating the Internal Combustion Enginep. 241
Hybrid Gasoline-Electric Vehiclesp. 242
Plug-in Electric Hybrid Vehicles (PHEVs)p. 244
Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Playersp. 246
All-Electric Vehiclesp. 247
Clean Transportation Investment Conclusionsp. 249
Ethanol and Biofuels: Long-Term Transportation Solution or Flash in the Pan until More Environmentally Friendly Vehicle Technologies Take Over?p. 253
Biofuels: What Are They?p. 253
Advantages and Disadvantagesp. 254
U.S. Government Support for Ethanolp. 257
Obstacles for the U.S. Ethanol Industryp. 258
Brazilian Competitionp. 260
How Far Can Ethanol Go to Replace Gasoline in the U.S. Transportation Fuel Supply?p. 263
The Future of Ethanol: Cellulosic-Based Ethanolp. 265
Ethanol Company Investment Analysisp. 266
U.S. Ethanol Industry Market Sharesp. 269
Ethanol Investment Conclusionsp. 271
Companies Supporting the U.S. Ethanol Industryp. 272
Trading Biofuel Markets: Feedstock Frenzyp. 275
Ethanolp. 275
Cornp. 278
Sugarp. 280
Soybean Oilp. 281
Palm Oilp. 283
Big Coal-Meet Your New Partners: Cleaner Coal Technology and Carbon Capturep. 285
Global Coal Usagep. 286
U.S. Coal Companiesp. 287
Cleaner Coal Technologiesp. 289
Cleaner Burning Coalp. 289
Coal-Fired Power Plant Pollution Controlsp. 290
Coal Gasification and CO[subscript 2] Sequestrationp. 291
Algae-Based CO[subscript 2] Absorptionp. 293
Coal-to-Liquid Transportation Fuelp. 294
Clean Coal Investment Conclusionsp. 295
Carbon Trading: Poised to Become the World's Largest Commodity Market?p. 297
Trading European CO[subscript 2] Allowancesp. 297
Causes of Price Movementsp. 300
European Cap-and-Trade CO[subscript 2] Emissions Background Explanationp. 302
Chicago Climate Exchangep. 303
Investment Conclusionsp. 307
Appendixp. 311
Notesp. 319
Indexp. 351
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