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Two Utility Scale Electricity Storage Stocks

While many investors are excited about the potential of wind, solar power and ethanol, I am more interested in those technologies that will make it all possible. One of the oft-cited problems with wind and solar power is that they are not usually produced both when and where they are needed. Last year, I wrote an overview of large scale electricity storage technologies. Today, I take a look at two stocks that are well postioned to profit from these technologies.

You can read about VRB Power and NGK Insulators here.

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The Week in Energy Storage and Carbon Regulation

This week, I sat in on Charles Morand’s weekly The Week in Cleantech column on AltEnergy Stocks. It may be just me, but it seemed like there were a ton of interesting articles about energy storage this week, from utracapcitors to sodium-sulfur batteries. Maybe it wasn’t the week, though: batteries are one of the areas I’m most interested in investing in right now… better energy storage is critical to a better functioning electricial grid, as well as to replacing foreign petroleum.

I also go a plug in for a move to a Colorado Carbon Tax… much simpler and less open to special interests than a cap-and-trade initiative. And, as Lori Bird of NREL says, a cap-and-trade regime for carbon must be very carefully designed in order for voluntary REC (Renewable Energy Credit) purchases by consumers to help decrease carbon usage, while RECs will always help reduce carbon emissions in a Carbon Tax regime.

You can read The Week In Cleantech, July 9-15, here.

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