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Will Energy Efficiency Become a New Investment Class?

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Over the past two weeks, word has emerged that moves toward energy efficiency are now the new darlings of European investment houses.

So what's holding the banks back from piling in en masse? The problem hardly seems to be raising the funds. Rather, the stumbling block is on the other end of the pipeline.

Here's what's holding back investments... how this barrier can be demolished... and how this development will affect everyday investors...

Why This Surprising Partnership Is Leading the Way for Renewable Energy


There's a new centerpiece for the accelerating move to renewable energy: Hawaii. The state has opted to go all out on alternative energy.

In May, its legislature overwhelmingly passed a plan to move to complete independence from fossil fuels for power generation.

But Hawaii has an unusual partner in moving away from its reliance on oil and natural gas - the U.S. military.

What's happening in Hawaii may allow us to make some nice money from a state deciding to go green... and from the military's need to go off the grid...

The Solution to Alternative Energy's Biggest Roadblock

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The alternative energy sector may have found a solution to its storage problem: the hydrogen battery.

Hydrogen's chief problem as an alternative energy source has always been the staggering price of delivery and transportation. But one company is making strides daily toward energy storage efficiency and price reduction.

We may be on the verge on something quite important for the entire energy sector. Here's everything you need to know...

The Renewable Energy Market Gives Us a License to "Grow" Money

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The renewable energy market is poised to take a major step forward. In this "post-oil" age, biofuels are gaining market share.

And North America is now expected to generate the largest share of revenue.

Continue reading for information on this new class of investment just beginning to emerge...

Solar Power Is at a Tipping Point… and the Upshot Is Massive Profits

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Solar power is leading the clean energy sector toward a tipping point. It's a brand new age for renewable energy. Gone are the days of requisite private investment for progress and innovation.

Because it's all about grid parity now - the point at which the cost of generating renewable energy suddenly becomes equal to its peers.

Which means the money is about to flood in. Here's what to expect...

Why Renewable Energy Is Attracting the Smart Money

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Renewable energy is gaining momentum. In fact, global capital investment in clean energy rose 16% in 2014. Some have even dubbed the recent surge toward clean energy a "turning point."

After all, the total invested in renewable power jumped last year to $310 billion, just $17 billion shy of the all-time record in 2011.

So where do you think the "smart money" is headed?

Why Lower Oil Prices Won't Kill the Renewable Energy Boom

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Whenever oil prices drop, everyone always wonders how it will affect wind and solar power.

It follows from the traditional assumption that renewables like these are only competitive when oil and natural gas prices are high.

After all, the early stages of wind and solar power came with a hefty front-loaded price tag, requiring massive government subsidies to both producers and end users to get off the ground.

Some states even introduced legal measures that required that utilities buy a certain percentage of their energy needs only from renewables.

All of this only added to the wider perception that renewables couldn't truly contend, especially if oil and natural gas prices fell.

But those days are now rapidly coming to an end...

This Solar Power Breakthrough Will Be a Game Changer for the Sector


The great stumbling block for solar power has always been storage. Conventional batteries, even the most high-tech ones, are inefficient, expensive, and don't last more than a few years.

But this week, researchers announced a breakthrough battery that's 20% more efficient and 25% cheaper than anything else on the market.

It’s the game changer that could finally make solar energy competitive…

How Scottish Independence Will Affect Energy Prices

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On Thursday, there will be a vote in Scotland to decide whether it will separate from the rest of the U.K., and the latest polls are too close to call.

For the government, Scottish independence would be a direct rejection of Prime Minister David Cameron.

But there are also numerous implications for energy prices if the vote succeeds…

This Renewable Energy Source Could Be the Next Great Battleground over Fracking

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Of all the renewable energy sources, geothermal power remains by far the smallest. But that may not prevent it from becoming the next energy "hot potato."

There are two problems quickly developing in this part of the energy spectrum.

And they are shaping up to create the newest controversy in the energy sector...

Has Solar Power Finally Arrived?

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Solar power has three major benefits: It's renewable, it's great for the environment, and it can be produced right here at home.

There has always been one big problem with solar, however - the price. For years now, its high cost has always been the biggest weapon in every critic's arsenal.

But a study released last week suggests this objection is about to fall by the wayside for good.

Here's what it means for the energy sector, and for investors.

Energy Investing: This "Secret Ingredient" Generates Solar Power at Night

As solar power enthusiasts know all too well, renewable energy has the same problem that the "normal" generation of electricity does: how to store all of the energy produced so that it can be used when it's needed.

For solar power, that means even at night.

To date, this conversation has always centered around discovering new battery technologies.

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The U.S. Navy Loves This Micro Cap

As a concept, tidal power seems straightforward enough:
The ocean moves continuously without incurring any problematic conditions like lack of wind or sun, as is the case in the best-known renewable energy sources. With a constant source of motion, all that's needed to generate power is a drive shaft connected to a dynamo.
But a concept - by itself - doesn't make any money... especially in the "renewable energy" space. You need an effective product to make an impact.
That's why the U.S. Navy loves this little company...

Buy Signal: Top Hedge Funds Are Moving Into Energy

There is an easy way to find out where the market thinks a particular sector is heading: Check out the movement of futures contracts held by top hedge fund managers. These days, the signal is clear and pointing in one direction. Check this out.

Four Timely Moves For The Next Three Crises

Sorry to say, but we are only in a brief "lull" between crises. Nothing was resolved in the eleventh (and a half) hour Fiscal Cliff compromise, and three new crises are coming down the line in 2013. Here's what we face now and how you can still structure your energy portfolio for profits.