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How Florida’s Algae Blooms are About to Turn into an Energy Boom

When someone mentions algae, one of the first things people think of is Florida's toxic buildup of green slime. It began in Lake Okeechobee, the "hole" in the center of any map of the state. But it didn't end there… When huge rainfall threatened to breach an aging 80-year old earthen dam in 2013, the […]

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Energy

How the EU's Failed "Energy Shuffle" Made Energy More Expensive – and Dirtier

In the wake of Brexit and new climate change initiatives, the perspective in the European energy sector is shifting.

It's becoming more expensive, much dirtier - and turning the entire sector into a basket case. Here's why...

Energy

How This One Company Is Leading Europe's Wind Power Revolution

These are chaotic times in the global energy sector, to put it mildly.

Here in the United States, we're in the grip of an acute oil and gas company debt crisis, as rising oil prices have come far too late to save leveraged companies that simply borrowed too much during the good times of expensive oil and cheap credit.

Elsewhere, last month's shock "Brexit" vote has upended foreign exchange, sending the euro and sterling into free fall relative to the dollar – the currency in which rapidly rebalancing crude oil is priced.

That same British vote has dealt a knockout blow to the City of London's tenure as the global capital of energy sector financing. Hundreds of billions of dollars are in play and are now on the hunt for a new place to call home.

But all this chaos and uncertainty brings with it opportunity. There are big changes coming to the way energy finance works, and right now there's a breakthrough underway in Europe that's proving more profitable than anyone could have imagined.

But where there's chaos, there's always opportunity. That's especially true of this breakthrough in wind power...

Energy

The Next European Brexit Crisis Is in Energy

The next stage in the Brexit fallout is approaching, and it will center on energy finance and signal a major shift in focus.

Here's everything you need to know about energy's emerging new order...

Energy

Brexit Just "Killed" London as the Energy Capital of the World

In the wake of the Brexit, London's position as the global energy capital is in question, and major moves are underway in the energy market.

These short-term headwinds and future opportunities will extend far beyond Europe...

Energy

Beware: The Only Time Cutting Energy Debt Is Actually a Bad Idea

An increasing number of U.S. oil firms are swapping debt for equity. The advantage is that removing debt improves a company's financial snapshot.

But as long as crude sits below $50 per barrel, there is a downside to cutting energy debt – one that puts shareholders at risk.

Here's everything you need to know to protect your portfolio...

Energy

The Five Worst Blackouts in U.S. History

Here are the worst blackouts in U.S. history…

From a storm four decades ago that left 800,000 people stuck on the subway to 2012's derecho that left 22 dead...

Energy

What Royal Dutch Shell's Billion-Dollar "Free Gas" Project Means for You

Earlier this week, oil and natural gas giant Royal Dutch Shell announced multibillion-dollar project in western Pennsylvania.

The boosted employment and tax revenue for the region is great news. But even more important is the nature of the project itself – and what it means for the future of natural gas.

It'll also lead to some fantastic investment opportunities...

Energy

Investors Face This Risk from Coal's Quick Death

Coal is struggling and unpopular in all but a handful of regions where they actually pull it out of the ground.

But simple economics rather than public perception is what's set to deal coal its death blow.

Coal's limited economic importance likely won’t be enough to overcome the latest wave of bad news buried in a series of recent reports – the most dramatic indication yet that coal is dying even faster than expected.

You see, a relative newcomer to U.S. electricity production (you guessed it: natural gas) is pushing down prices for old stalwarts like coal, and even nuclear power.

Simply put, the black rock has 12 to 18 months at the outside before conditions get so bad that coal (and nuclear) plants begin closing in earnest.

And that's when shareholders get burned.

So it's time to make sure you limit your exposure and protect yourself from the shares I'm going to name here...

Energy

Why the SCTY Stock Price Crashed Today and What's Next

The SCTY stock price crashed more than 25% to $16.50 today after posting worse than expected Q1 2016 results and issuing weak forward guidance.

The SCTY stock price is now down more than 67% in 2016.

We still believe solar is here to stay and share where investors can get the best sector exposure with reduced risk...