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We're in the Most Important Growth Stage for This Energy Source

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One segment of the energy industry has added over 100,000 jobs since 2010 - 35,000 in 2015 alone.

It's about to become the most lucrative source of energy in the world.

Which is why big corporations and small startups alike are piling in billions at this early stage of the boom. Here's how to get in on the game early for yourself...

The One Element That Will Change the Renewable Energy Landscape

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We’re now on the brink of a new development in renewable energy that will push this sector to the next level.

Renewable energy sources such as solar and wind have become fixtures of the current power grid. But for the next big advances to occur, the developmental process itself will take center stage.

And at the heart of this evolution lies a surprising, yet basic, element.

Here’s my take on the one thing set to transform the renewable energy landscape forever…

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...

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

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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…

Why Investing in Solar Energy Is Attracting the Big Boys

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Besides its environmental advantages, solar power has always had one great benefit: It's hyper local. Solar panels make it possible to generate electricity on-site, precisely where it's needed. Like a portable generator powered by the sun, solar energy promises power wherever the sun shines.

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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New Arab Spring Could Breed Chaos in the Energy Markets

As Dr. Kent Moors explains, growing unrest means Pakistan is now ground zero when it comes to energy markets in the Middle East. Read more...

Russia: The Greatest Threat to the Energy Markets

There's an old saying, "The more things change, the more they stay the same."
And modern Russia a perfect example of this saying. And this move to the past autocratic methods is creating a very unstable future for the energy markets.
Dr. Moors explains the warning signs in Moscow that are making energy traders start to worry.
To find out what's happening and what it means to you, read on...

Three Hidden Water Costs That Promise to Boost Energy Prices

On average it takes 4.4 million gallons of water to “frack” a well. As Dr. Kent Moors explains, that has big consequences for energy prices. Read more...

The Next Big Change in the Energy Markets

The energy market is rapidly changing. Dr. Kent Moors explains how to hedge your oil and gas stocks with this simple "insurance policy." Read more...

Investing in Clean Energy Stocks Just Got More Risky

Despite its promising future, clean energy stocks have proved to be an investing minefield.

Even China-based clean energy stocks are no longer a safe haven. Yesterday (Monday) Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd. (NYSE ADR: STP) defaulted on its debt.

Heavy losses caused by plummeting prices for solar panels - which fell 73% from 2010 to 2012 - left Suntech unable to make the payment on a $541 million bond that was due Friday.

The news caused Suntech stock, already down 80% over the past year, to slip another 10%.

While numerous U.S. renewable energy companies have faltered, most notably the 2011 bankruptcy of solar panel maker Solyndra, Suntech is the first Chinese clean energy company that could go under.

What's new is a reluctance on the part of the Chinese government to keep pouring subsidies into money-losing companies.

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Here's the Cold Hard Truth About Solar Energy

You know about Germany's big push to replace nuclear energy with solar and wind power? Well, turns out, plans aren't going quite as expected. Kent investigates.

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.

The Path to Energy Independence is More Rocky Than It Seems

You might have seen yesterday's headline in the Wall Street Journal: "U.S. Redraws World Oil Map."

As the article explains, U.S. oil production is now on pace to surpass Saudi Arabia by 2020. This would make the United States world's largest oil producer. We're already the second-largest natural gas producer, according to 2010 EIA estimates.

It's all thanks to the U.S. shale boom that has unlocked billions of barrels of oil and trillions of feet of natural gas from the Appalachian Mountains to the Pacific Coast, from the Bakken in North Dakota to the shale fields of southern Texas.

But all of this fracking has caused some serious economic and environmental problems.

And while I greatly advocate increased drilling and domestic production, we still must address a wide-range of problems now plaguing the shale oil and gas sectors.

After all - with apologies to Voltaire and Spiderman - with such great fortune comes greater responsibility.

That's why I am in the third day of what has become a very interesting conference here in Pittsburgh. It was convened to set the agenda moving forward to deal with the almost invisible aspects of shale oil and gas drilling.

In fact, for the first time, the conference's primary focus will be on the negatives caused by the drilling.

We also have questions surrounding the amount of water required to frack these formations (the process needs a lot of water to break open rock and release hydrocarbons), as well as the ongoing public health fears from the chemicals used.

Now, we are seeing parallel economic problems as well.

In the Marcellus basin, researchers are now recording some of these shortcomings and placing them in four basic categories.

The real concern is that these four problems - in infrastructure, labor, local inflation, and the environment - will remain well after the drilling (and the revenue) has moved on.

So before you decide to declare "energy independence", take a look at some of the downside that may come along with it.



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