Archive | June, 2013

Tilting Toward Nukes:

Finding Reason in Unexpected Places I wasn’t thinking about nuclear power the other day when I settled down to read the latest issue of Chesapeake Bay, a magazine associated with just about everything to do with the Chesapeake Bay.  It’s true that there is a nuclear power plant site on the shores of the Chesapeake […]

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Two Exciting Alternative Energy Themes Investors Should Know About

Two investment themes in the changing alternative energy landscape have emerged as potential profit centers for investors. To take advantage of these trends, the Roen Financial Report has added in four new companies to the list of about 250 alternative energy companies that we track for our readers. Investment Theme #1: The growing domestic Japanese […]

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Unique Catalysts Create Hydrogen from Water or Ethanol

There are separate stories surfacing now about two different methods to create hydrogen: one using water and the other using ethanol as a feedstock. Scientists at Penn State University have discovered that nickel and phosphorus nanoparticles (pictured above) will catalyze water into hydrogen as efficiently as any non-platinum materials now in existence. According to Penn […]

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ExxonMobil Adapt to Climate Change? Hah!

The question posed by a guest blogger on ThinkProgress was, “How will ExxonMobil adapt to climate change crisis it helped create?” Given the oil major’s history the answer should have been pretty obvious, until one saw who wrote the piece: Jane Dale Owen, the granddaughter of Robert Lee Blaffer, one of the founders of Humble […]

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The Black Swan Blog – The California Electrodox

In my last blog I discussed the electricity paradox – electrodox is the term I used – that is disrupting the European electrical generating utilities as increasing amounts of renewable generation sources are developed. Perhaps the most dramatic summary of the impact of the European electrodox was the statement by Moody's in November, 2012 that […]

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California to Receive 7 New Hydrogen Fueling Stations

The California Energy Commission approved grants of $18,690,000 for the building of 7 new hydrogen fueling station plus a few other hydrogen infrastructure upgrades. The major players, who must put up matching funds for the hydrogen fueling stations, include Linde LLC, Hydrogen Frontier Inc., Air Products and Air Liquide. Here is the breakdown: “Linde, LLC, […]

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Alternative Energy Mutual Funds and ETFs Show Solid Gains

The Roen Financial Report closely covers the universe of almost 30 alternative energy Mutual Funds (MFs) and Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs). We use a proprietary ranking method to pick the best funds, looking at measures that include fees, risk, tax liability, and the financial health of individual holdings within each fund. To download your complimentary […]

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‘Mad Men’, energy and the culture of want

The name of the popular American television series “Mad Men” comes from the nickname given to those who worked in New York City’s advertising agencies in the 1950s. The nickname came from the advertising profession itself whose members felt that one had to be a little mad to work on Madison Avenue, the center of […]

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