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Alternative Energy Can Save More Than Just The Env...

So much energy is being put into removing our dependency of foreign oil that we don’t seem to be getting anywhere. That’s right, we’re moving so fast we’re going nowhere. The only thing that is going on is all the talking about what our future will be like once we remove oil as a major source of fueling our needs.
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We need to stop talking about it and get the show on the road. T.Boone Pickens has stepped up to the plate and started the process, but he’s only one man. We need to help him with his plan by going to his website and signing the petition and push the plan. The man is very serious with this and is very pro-American. When he was on Mad Money with Jim Cramer, he said nothing is more important to him than helping America gain it’s energy independence.
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There are so many great companies that will benefit from the real push to energy freedom. The Government has done very little to help the situation. They have passed the alternative tax bill, but there is so much more that they need to do. If we are not careful with this election, we could end up have a democratic President as well as have both of the houses controlled by the Democrats. If that was to happen there would be nothing to stop the out-of-control tax increases on companies that fuel this economy. With the present Democrat controlled Congress it took so long to get the tax credit bill passed. What will happen if just one party controlled the Presidency, the Senate as well as Congress? I feel that I must say that I am not a Democrat nor a Republican, I’m a Libertarian, but first and foremost I’m an American.
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Wind, solar, nuclear, and natural gas are the sources of energy that this country has and that will not have us relying on another country for our supply. Wind and solar are renewable energy that Mother Earth gives us. We are the superior power when it comes to nuclear power, we are the ones that other countries come to for knowledge in this field. Natural gas is the one fuel source that we have plenty of without the need of other countries assistance.
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We need alternative energies to be put on the front burner and turned up on high. We need to realize that until we rid ourselves of fossil fuel dependency, we will never be able to move back into the dominant power that the United States was once was.

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Is It Time For Wind Power Penny Stocks?

I believe that it is. We are too dependent on foreign oil and with the use of fossil fuels we are damaging the planet. T. Boone Pickens was on 60 Minutes Sunday night. I found the interview very interesting. For a man who is 80 years old, he’s not showing any signs of slowing down.
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With his push on alternative energy as well as natural gas, we should see some great stocks move upward in value. because a lot of these companies are new and/or small, many of them are penny stocks (value under $5 per share). I look forward to a future without the dependency of other countries for our survival. We spend over a $1 trillion a year for foreign oil, if we were to spend that money here on alternative energy then the GDP might not look as bad as it does. Think of all the jobs that would be created if we had a major push into alternative/renewable energies here in this country.
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I think this man is fantastic and should be considered a force to be reckoned with. Check the video and see for yourself.

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T Boone Pickins Is Behind Natural Gas And Wind Pow...

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Alternative energy has been in the forefront of the news lately, even with the price of oil dropping more than 50% in the last three months. The issue has become so important that more needs to be done. The problem is that any talk about it has it not making a good enough dent until 2018 or later. Why is it that something that everyone believes to be important isn’t being pushed harder to accomplish it?.
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T Boone Pickens is been putting his money where his mouth is, into alternative energy. Mainly in wind energy as well as natural gas. The plan is to build new wind generating facilities that will produce 20% of this country’ electricity and allow the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel source. He says that these domestic energies can replace over one third of our dependency on foreign oil imports. The best thing is that he said it can be done in ten years.
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I have been a big believer in alternative energy well before it became the “in thing”. When I first started trading in the stock market I invested in alternative energy stocks. Which was a good thing because they have grown into a powerful force in the stock markets. When the idea of alternative energy stocks started to really catch on it helped propel my portfolio by leaps and bounds. One of my best trades of all time was getting in and buying stock in First Solar Inc. (NASDAQ:FSLR) when it was at $35 per share.
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Now that the stock market has taken a nose dive into oblivion, it has caused these stocks to come down from their highs by more than 50% (in most cases). That is exactly what I wanted to see for me to make a more of a foothold in this sector. I have always kept a position in alternative energy stocks over the years and look forward to major gains in this sector. I want to bring some stocks to light that I feel will benefit from the Pickens Plan.
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Quanta Services Inc. (NYSE:PWR), a company that I’ve spoken about before here and have been a investor of the stock for some time. They are a contracting service company that offers many different solutions to electric power, gas as well as many other areas. These guys I feel will be the ones who get the most of the contracts for installing the transmission cables for the wind turbines.
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Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP (NYSE:KMP) is a major player when it comes to natural gas companies. They are based in Houston Texas, which is in the heart of the wind corridor that Pickens speaks of and most of their pipelines branch out from that region. The Natural Gas Pipelines segment gathers, transports, stores, treats, processes, and sells natural gas through approximately 14,700 miles of natural gas transmission pipelines and gathering lines, as well as natural gas storage, treating, and processing facilities. On top of everything else that this company can do, their stock at it’s current price offers a 8% dividend yield.
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Linn Energy, LLC (NASDAQ:LINE) is an independent oil and gas company. The company has oil and gas, and natural gas reserves in Mid-Continent, which includes the operating areas Texas Panhandle and Oklahoma; and Western region comprising the Brea Olinda field of the Los Angeles Basin in California. They are also based in Houston Texas. To make this a more attractive stock to own at this time is that their dividend yield at it’s current price is 15.6% and it’s ex-dividend date is in the first week of November.
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Composite Technology Corporation (OTCBB:CPTC.OB) at the moment they’re the new kid on the block (relatively speaking). The company operates through two segments, CTC Cable and DeWind. Between the two areas they cover the cables and the turbines that will be needed. The ACCC conductors can handle a higher temperature than most to help reduce burnouts and blackouts. This stock is my speculative stock and should be treated as such by anyone looking to invest in it.
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Of course there are many more companies that will benefit for the growth of alternative energy in this company, but I don’t want to have this post go on forever. This sector will have great gains in the next few years and if you have the time to wait you can make out big with your gains.
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*DISCLAIMER* At the time of this post, Billy is long Kinder Morgan and Linn Energy.
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Timing Is Everything In the Stock Market

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Depending on how you look at today’s activity in the stock market, it could be either considered good or bad. What it comes down to is timing. Timing is everything when you want to beat the stock market. If done correctly, you can have a great day when the market has had a lousy one.
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Let’s look at what happened today. The market was oversold so much in the pre-trading hours that they halted all trading until they could calm the situation down. So when the market did open, most stocks were hit pretty bad. If you timed it well you could have picked up some great price on some solid companies. It’s days like this that will earn you some great reward or separate a man/woman from their money real quick if you’re not careful .
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Today was a great day for me because of the experiences I’ve had in the stock market over the years. If you noticed I didn’t say it was because of my smarts, because even some smart people lost some of their capitol today. To help you understand what I mean I will show you some of the trades that I did today.
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The first one I want to talk about is National City Corp. (NYSE:NCC) This stock was worth a hell of a lot more a few months back, but because of the financial sector’s collapse. The stock has been trading within the $1.36 to $5.00 range for the last 3-4 months. The last time it took a dive, it hit $1.36 and four days later it was at $3.51, a gain of 150%. Today news came out in regards to PNC Financial Group acquired National City Corp. for $5.6 billion. That news and the drop in pre-market trading left the stock at $1.85 per share at the open. I put a buy in at $175 and sat back as the price worked it’s way up to $2.33 at one point and closed at $2.06, a gain of 18% at the close. If I had sold near the high of the day, it would have been a gain of nearly 30%
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My second buy was in a stock that I’ve been following for some time. The company is Quanta Services Inc. (NYSE:PWR). This is a great company with a even better future. Because of the beating that Wall Street has been taking, the stocks of Quanta has felt the pain. There is no reason what-so-ever that the share price is under $20, but it is. When I saw what happened to the stock in early trading I put in a limit price of $15 per share because I didn’t expect it to stay. Wouldn’t you know it, the stock opened at $15 and briefly dropped to $14.84 where it immediately went back to $17 within minutes of the trading day. This is a company that is expect to benefit greatly from the Picken’s Plan, so I’m going to hold on to these stocks for some time. So for the one day I have a gain of 16%
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The last one I’m going to discuss is Lynn Energy Inc. (NASDAQ:LINE). This stock didn’t do has good as I expected, but it did go up from where it started the day at. This a company that has an unbelievable dividend yield. At it’s current price of $15.47, the yield is 15.60%. That right I said 15.60% and to make things even better, the next ex-dividend date is November 5th. At the present time my yield is actually 17.5%, I don’t know about you but I’ll take those types of yields any day of the week.
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I’m not trying to brag or anything like that, but I just wanted to show my readers what is possible even on a bad day. It all comes down to timing.

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Solar, Wind And Other Renewable Energy Tax Breaks

After many attempts to get about $18 billion of renewable tax credits passed this year, the U.S. Senate finally approved it. It was by a small margin either, the vote passed 93-2 for extending the set of tax credits for businesses as well as residents who invest in renewable energies, from building and operating power plants to installing small wind turbines on residential properties.


This decision was well overdue and was looked upon favorably on Wall Street yesterday and continues today as stocks rise on the great news. The Alternative energy companies executives and investors have been waiting for Congress to extend the investment tax credits that can save 30% of the cost of a solar project.


The Senate as well as the House of Representatives have been bumping heads trying to extend the incentives, but as usual they disagreed on how to pay for the incentives. The bill still has to be approved by the House since the Senate’s bill altered the house’s version (I’m not surprised). The White House said that it would support the bill. Who know if this will get done before both house will adjiurn after tommorrow.


Because of the dead-lock in Washington, many solar company stocks have stalled because the companies said they wouldn’t able to build any more U.S. power plants without the incentives. Barry Cinnamon CEO of Akeena Solar (NASDAQ: AKNS) commented in a statement, “We know with certainty that the extension of these credits sends out a green ripple effect: solar projects on hold can now move forward, America creates new green-collar jobs with over 214,000 in California alone, and businesses and homeowners can count on lower energy bills in a time of economic hardship.”


The Senate’s version of the bill will also include tax credits for consumers that install solar panels on their properties and will be extended for eight years and eliminates the present $2000 cap on the credits. It would also allow homeowners installing small-wind equipment and geothermal heat pumps to take advantage of the credits, The amounts would be capped at $4,000 for wind and $2,000 for the heat pumps.


Consumers would receive a $2,500 to $7,500 rebate for buying plug-in electric cars and trucks. Felix Kramer, the Co-founder of CalCars.org, a promoter of plug-in hybrid and electric cars said, “This will have an enormous impact” Given his estimates that automakers could make current hybrids into plug-in hybrids for an additional $3,000 to $5,000, the tax credits “could conceivably entirely remove the cost increment that carmakers say is the cause of their reluctance” to build plug-in hybrids.

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Solar Power May Not See The Light

Solar power has been a hot subject and it’s future is not looking so bright. I don’t actually believe that, but that’s what the Industry and the government want us to think. Over the weekend a report came out in regards to the tax credits for alternative energies like solar and wind.
Congress has to renew them before they expire on December 31. These tax credits will help the industry with the plans for expansion, but without the credits solar and wind companies may not be able to make it happen. In fact they may be forced to cut back on many things including capitol investment and payroll.
These tax credits have made it possible for solar to be cost-competitive with other renewable energies. As it is solar energy is the least efficient of the alternative/renewable energy sector (except for ethanol). Many plants that are in the planning stage are at risk because of the sand-bagging by Congress.

Wind power is having the same problem of getting investors. The American Wind Energy Association is predicting that they will lose about 76,000 jobs as well as over $11 billion in investments as a result if Congress doesn’t do something to renew the credits. Greg Wetstone, a spokesman for the association said, “Investors like to know what tax policies apply when they are putting millions of dollars down on a project. There’s a pretty clear history that these projects are less likely to go forward without a credit.”

In the past Congress has let these credits expire three different times and wind installation in those years slowed over 77% each year. Estimates are expected to be at those same levels for 2009 if Congress doesn’t do something for the industries. According to Congressional estimates, the credits are to total $334 million.

Senator Jeff Bingaman, a Democrat from New Mexico said, “These companies are shutting down projects, firing people and it’s Congress’s fault,” the Senator is the chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The sad thing is that these clowns are still on vacation including Bingaman, who was one of the main politicians that pushed for vacation over oil drilling in America.

As we all know, Congress has made it quite difficult for these alternative energies to make great advancements because of all the delays and waste of time that the Congressman have done.
In 2006, Congress didn’t come together on a tax-extender deal until December, forcing the IRS to delay processing returns claiming several of the tax breaks. In 2007 Congress again never agreed on extenders until December, causing more IRS disruption, to settle another annual tax crisis, the alternative minimum tax. As a matter of fact, Congress has let these credits to expire 13 times since 1981.

All these delays have caused uncertainty with the industry has to where to do their research and development. At this rate it may be wise for them to head overseas to get it done. There are over 20 countries that offer tax incentives while the United States doesn’t have any. I won’t get into the political side of these tax credits in this post (I’ll save it for another day), but these games of playing with the tax breaks expiration is nothing new and only helps the politicians hide the fact of the ever-growing federal budget deficit.

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Alternative Energy: Ethanol

For some time we’ve known about ethanol and how it will help our dependency on oil. A fuel source derived from corn. Is it really worth the effort to go this route?
When this idea was first presented to the American people, It was packaged and sold to us that this is the way to go to remove ourselves from the need of foreign oil. It’s been several years now and lets take a good look at what ethanol really does for us.
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Ethanol has been used in gas products for decades and offers a way for a cleaner burning fuel. Unfortunately it’s not true, well the fuel burns cleaner, but to make the fuel it causes more pollution than if we just used the gas without the ethanol.
As for the corn that is needed to make the product. We use 20% of the nations food supply (corn) to make 3% of the fuel that we burn. Mathematically that doesn’t seem like an equation that makes sense. We’re creating a new problem while trying to eradicate another.
It is believed that it will take about 60 million acres dedicated to corn growing to remove our oil dependency without effecting our domestic food supplies, but what about the exporting of those products. We export quite a bit of it to other countries and what’s to come when we don’t have enough.
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Take into consideration that ethanol can not be transported by pipelines, so we need to use trains, trucks and barges to move it, which in turn becomes more expensive and involved than using a pipeline.
Ethanol contains less energy than gas. That means drivers have to make more frequent trips to the pump. it is estimated that vehicles get 25 % less mileage with ethanol than it does with fossil fuels. It is stated that the new vehicles will get better mileage as the car manufacturers improve the vehicles, but we know that they (with the help of politicians) will only improve the cars so much.
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So you make the call. Is ethanol really worth the effort? In my opinion, no.

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Wind Power And Penny Stocks


Two great things that go great together. That seems to be the way it’s going right now and will for some time. Wind power is the talk of the town and with oil bouncing up and down, Wind power play is going to pick up more head-winds.


T. Boone Pickins has made wind power a more serious play in the energy sectors with his purchase of 667 turbines from General Electric (GE) back in May. Since then more and more companies are coming out to join the crusade. I was trading solar stocks last year and did quite well for the most part, but that was mainly because of First Solar (FSLR). Early this year I started looking into wind power companies and some of these companies I still invest in. Some of the ones I started with were foreign companies, but have pulled back from them since May.


I don’t know if any of my readers watch Jim Cramer on his show Mad Money, but he did a show a few months ago where he built a windmill from scratch. he spoke about the different companies that are involved in supplying the components to build these wind turbines.
Many of the companies that he profiled on that show I was already looking into and investing and trading stocks in some of them.


The reason I mention penny stocks in the title of this post is because there are some of these wind power companies that can be considered penny stocks. When trading penny stocks I mentioned that there is more risk involved because the company is new and/or doesn’t report earning on a regular basis. With that said I will let you in on some stocks that I think you might like for your portfolio. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Do your research and due diligence first before investing if you want to be one of the stock market success stories.


Mass Megawatts Wind Power Inc. (OTC BB: MMGW.OB) This company has been around for 10 years and have now started to make progress with their patent design windmills.


Composite Technologies Corp. (OTC BB: CPTC.OB) Here’s a company that provides the cables to connect the turbines to the grid.


Mas Tec Inc. (NYSE: MTZ) This stock is no longer considered a penny stock since it trades above $10, but I mention it because it’s probably the best in transferring the power from the turbines to the grid. When I jumped in on this play back in April, it was trading at around $7.50 it now sits at $14.60 at the close Friday.

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Broadwind Energy Inc. (OTC BB: BWEN.OB) This company still trades on the OTCBB, but the price is now at $17.66 as of the close Friday. Only four months ago this company was trading at $9 and it went as high as $29 (I jumped out at $27.50). This company operates on many levels and their wind power division will just take them higher in the future.


As with these companies that I spoke about, I do plan to get in them again. Make sure the investment is right for you before you make a trade.
Happy Trading.


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The Winds Of Change

The Texas Public Utility Commission and Electric Reliability Council of Texas approved the new power transmission line project worth almost $5 billion to build out the wind grid in Texas. On that news the wind play stocks are showing good strength today. The contracts won’t be awarded for about six months, but the stocks are gaining on the news.

The big winner with this news is Quanta Services Inc. (NYSE: PWR) the stock closed at $33.33 +2.12. They have about a 70% market share when it comes to the transmission lines of wind power. There are other plays that come out of this like Composite Technology Corp. (CPTCQ.OB). Which is another company that deals with the cables that are needed for wind power. Welwind Energy Int’l.They are mainly dealing a lot in China(great way to play globally) and have just been approved on fifteen different regulation guidelines.

On the other front, oil is down again today and is looking toward going further down to a “normal” level. I won’t expect it to go below $100, but it coming down form their all time high of $146. The price of $4 per gallon looks to be the point where people will stop driving.

Wind power as well as other alternative energy stocks are the way to go to hedge against the price of oil. I myself stay away from the oil plays since it’s too volatile to really know where to get in. How I play the game with oil is to invest in the refineries. When oil gets too high, I buy into the refiners. As the price of oil comes down, the price of the refiners go up.

For me, I’ll mainly stick with the alternative energy stocks as the way to go when fossil fuel stocks get out of control. I’m a “green” type of guy anyway.

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Alternative Energy

This week will be an interesting one for the alternative energy companies. Especially when it comes to wind power energy. On Thursday the Texas Public Utility Commission takes up a significant wind power infrastructure initiative. This could be a day to remember in the wind power industry.

With the price of oil at $138 for a barrel, something need to be done in the alternative energy sector. The price for wind energy is about $.04 a kilowatt, it is the cheapest form of energy that is out there today. With the Texas Public Utility Commission decision on Thursday, the wind power industry could get the boost in the arm that it needs really needs.

 The ruling could create eight renewable energy zones that would be connected the states power grid. This could possibly set the stage for other states to follow. The consensus is that the commision will rule in favor of this decision. One can only hope, since our dependency on foreign oil is out of control and with the conflict of drilling in our own country is to continue for some time.

As for solar energy, there are actually two type of technology. One is photovoltaic panels that convert sunlight directly into electricity right inside the panel. The other is a little more crude. It uses the thermal heat generated by magnified sunlight to turn water into steam, which is then used to a turn a generator.

The is a difference with cost per kilowatt between the two solar thermal power costs about 15 cents per kilowatt hour to produce. Photovoltaic electricity costs about 20 cents per kilowatt hour to create.
Solar power has it’s set backs which include, but not limited to being built where the sunlight is the strongest to maximize efficiency. Other cost that are involved are about $1.5 million for each mile of transmission lines.

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