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2009 will be a good time to invest in green energy, says consultancy

April 1, 2009 by  

2009 will be a good time to invest in green energy, says consultancyDespite falling profits and stronger competition in some green energy sectors, this year may provide good opportunities for investors to buy the industry’s stocks.

Among the favorable factors that are likely to spur new growth for the renewable energy industry are lower raw materials and equipment prices, according to Frost & Sullivan, a market research firm.

The researchers also stress that it is unlikely we will experience a repeat of the situation in the 1970s and 1980s when investments in renewable energy ceased after oil prices fell.

That is because oil prices might still go up due to increasing production costs fuelled by high demand from developing nations, says Alina Bakhareva, green energy research manager at Frost & Sullivan.

In addition to that, "[R]enewable energy is much more mature than it was thirty years ago and is able to deliver power at nearly the same cost as conventional power sources," she says.

The research also highlights the commitment of governments around the world to curbing carbon dioxide emissions and suggests renewable energy is a major tool that will help achieve this goal.

Additional stimulus for the industry may come from the recently passed economic stimulus package which provides funds for some 90 renewable energy and energy efficiency initiatives contained in legislation passed by Congress in 2005 and 2007.


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  • jerry malone

    concerning solar – in louisiana the state pays 50% (up to $25,000) and the federal pays 30% of the cost of a solar system. !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://donthaveone Mark

      From what Ive seen, it is economically impossible, at least here in Fort Wayne, Indiana, for the normal home owner such as myself, to install all this solar stuff on your house, when the cost of it is over half the cost of my house. On the whole, Im not sold on this green stuff, and this global warming stuff. The stats I see show the world has actually cooled since the 70′s, at least if you talk to the scientists that are trained in this field and dont have any political agenda. A lot of this hype stems from people who stand to make millions if they cant get the people, or even more so, the government to force the people and the states into some of this green technology, ie…Al Gore and G.E. and this hook up of agenda based baloney. I dont believe in anything Al Gore is associated with. Sorry.

      • Janine

        If the new Cap and Trade tax passes it will create a large new tax on fuel. Average family will be taxed and additional $700.00-$1200.00 per year for fuel. The trickle down effect of the tax on businesses will make every product we purchase more expensive as we witnessed last year when gas was at its peak. Get ready to pay $6.00 or $7.00 for a loaf of bread and $15.00 for a gallon of milk, if you can find any on the shelves. They’re planning on having Cap and Trade in full effect by 2012. Global warming is a joke.

      • Jeff

        I worked in the Wind Turbine Industry and it is all! Hype. The profits are based on Subsidies, not real worth. don’t fall for the hoax and put your hard earned dollars in this. Shell Oil just dropped out of the wind industry because they know its hype too!

  • Tom Fee

    I have to agree with Mark on all this being hype. Just recently, it was discovered that the satellite was out of adjustment and miscalculated the global ice cap by 500 square miles! It was larger than everyone stated. Scientists drilled 1,800 feet down through the ice cap to get a sample of earth under the ice. They discovered that the region was once a lush green area rather than frozen tundra. So, I doubt that anything we do can change earth’s cycling as it has been doing since its inception. Scientists have calculated that it took 100 years for our earth’s average temperature to increase only one degree. We lost that one degree IN ONE YEAR! Global warming? I don’t think so!


    I have a lot of doubt as to whether or not this Green investment will be all it’s cracked up to be considering the cost for putting it to use is nearly twice as much and the out put is so far below the conventional methods of energy production. Basically the government is blackmailing the producers, the public and the investors by their insistence that this is the wave of the future and denying the logical transition without the means to cheapen the cost. It is as big a scam as any unethical corporation could run and not get caught.

    Be very careful as to what you look to for any of the green investment arena.

  • Bob Livingston

    The only long-term solution to energy is atomic energy. The US is way behind the rest of the world on commitment to build atomic reactors.

    This is the only way to curb permanently carbon dioxide emissions.

  • Rich W

    I work in the electric power industry and can tell you 2 things without a doubt:
    1 Anthropogenic Global warming is a scam
    2 Wind farms are a scam

    As an engineer I studied how programs are built to allow modeling of complex systems, like the Earth’s climate. What they’ve found is that even when you get a reasonably good model of history (Assuming you know it with any accuracy – we don’t about climate/weather.) once you go outside the known data the program will inevitably blow up. Topping that off, these programs are extremely sensitive to “forcing variables”. That is, if you determine that one variable drives the result, that variable is a “forcing variable”. The mathematical weight you assign to that variable then determines the result. This is why their programs show that carbon dioxide drives clmate. That’s what their programs are designed to show. The fact that over 95% of climate is controlled by solar cycles doesn’t factor in, because it doesn’t support their political agenda.

    Wind farms are more “tax farms”. The State and Federal governments contribute grants and tax credits roughly equal to the cost of erecting the turbines, and wind generated electricity is still 3 to 5 times more expensive than coal.

  • David Custis Kimball

    What isn’t hype are the new batteries lithium and the supercapacitor type. What isn’t hype is the Toyota Prius; driven with a light pedal, I get over 50 mpg in city and over 60 going 70mph on highway. There’s a 67 hp motor/50,000 watt generator (you do the math @ 741 watts/hp.

    Wind needs a propeller: a really good one; it needs to feather or go neutral in high winds, it has to be weather, and wind proof… a lot of stuff. It’s like putting a Prius up in the air and putting a propeller on instead of the wheels ….

    It’s like shutters for hurricanes … everybody warrenties the shutters … but NOT the connection to the building. So in a big storm when you need them, they become debris.

    Former Hazard Mitigation Specialist for FEMA 1994-6

    Check warrenties carefully; Toyota warranties the batteries for 8 years…. and they are modular … so failure of some doesn’t mean you have to replace all.

    Good luck …. don’t let the evil profiteers sucker you like they do in food, formula, medicine, and other commodities.

  • s c

    Henry Waxman [D, CA] is at it again. Apparently, he’s inserted 300 ‘extra’ pages in that so-called cap-and-trade legislation. Let’s see. When elected officials don’t have time or the motivation to read something that political hacks want passed in a hurry, what do they call that? They call it “TRANSPARENCY.” For those who don’t
    remember, Waxman is the same wizard who said ‘Chinese tobacco is GOOD. American tobacco is BAAAAAD.’ No, thanks, Henry. Go back to California. ANYONE who would think twice about passing legislation that hasn’t been read or understood is N O T fit to hold office!

  • Stan

    Invest in things like geothermal or something that reduces energy use. Even after oil prices dropped, they still sold 4 cylinder cars (reduced energy using cars). The same thing will happen with technologies like geothermal heating and cooling.


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