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Investing in Renewable Energy: Making Money on Green Chip Stocks

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Investing in Renewable Energy puts the depletion of finite resources such as oil, natural gas, and coal in perspective, and discusses how renewable energy solutions–from solar and wind to geothermal and biofuels–will usher in a new generation of wealth for investors and a new way of life for everyone. With this book, you'll discover various renewable energy technologies that are at the forefront of transitioning our energy economy, and learn how to profit from next-generation renewable energy projects and companies that are poised to take over where fossil fuels will leave off.

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. PREFACE
  3. I. I TRANSITIONING TO THE NEW ENERGY ECONOMY
    1. 1. THE GLOBAL ENERGY MELTDOWN
      1. 1.1. PEAK ENERGY
        1. 1.1.1. Peak Oil
        2. 1.1.2. Peak Gas
        3. 1.1.3. Peak Coal
        4. 1.1.4. Peak Nuclear
        5. 1.1.5. Peak Uranium
      2. 1.2. CRISIS OR OPPORTUNITY?
      3. 1.3. THE SOLUTIONS
    2. 2. THE SOLAR SOLUTION
      1. 2.1. A SHORT HISTORY OF SOLAR TECHNOLOGIES
        1. 2.1.1. Silicon Solar
        2. 2.1.2. Thin Film
      2. 2.2. THE SKY'S THE LIMIT
      3. 2.3. GROWING CAPACITY
        1. 2.3.1. Cost Reductions
        2. 2.3.2. Better Performance
        3. 2.3.3. Incentives
      4. 2.4. INVESTING IN SOLAR
        1. 2.4.1. Concentrating on Solar
      5. 2.5. COMBINING FORCES, ADDING PROFITS
    3. 3. GLOBAL WINDS
      1. 3.1. BENEFITS OF WIND POWER
      2. 3.2. VAST RESOURCES
      3. 3.3. FORECAST: WINDY AND PROFITABLE
        1. 3.3.1. Wind in the United States
        2. 3.3.2. Wind in the EU
      4. 3.4. FALLING COSTS
        1. 3.4.1. Innovation
        2. 3.4.2. Wind and Climate Change
      5. 3.5. THE COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE
        1. 3.5.1. A Long-Term Outlook
      6. 3.6. INVESTING IN WIND
        1. 3.6.1. Thinking Outside the Turbine
        2. 3.6.2. Storing Wind
        3. 3.6.3. High Voltage!
        4. 3.6.4. Going Offshore
        5. 3.6.5. Development Opportunities
    4. 4. THE HEAT BELOW
      1. 4.1. WHAT IS GEOTHERMAL POWER?
        1. 4.1.1. Geothermal Heat Pumps
      2. 4.2. BENEFITS OF GEOTHERMAL POWER
      3. 4.3. CURRENT PRODUCTION
        1. 4.3.1. Massive Potential
        2. 4.3.2. Explosive Growth
        3. 4.3.3. Geothermal Incentives
        4. 4.3.4. Financing Challenges
      4. 4.4. INVESTING IN GEOTHERMAL
        1. 4.4.1. The Path to Profits
        2. 4.4.2. A Touch of Geothermal
        3. 4.4.3. A Twenty-First-Century Land Rush
    5. 5. WHAT MAY WASH UP IN THE TIDE
      1. 5.1. THE LARGEST UNTAPPED SOURCE OF ENERGY
        1. 5.1.1. Types of Generators
        2. 5.1.2. Tidal-Energy Devices
        3. 5.1.3. Wave-Energy Devices
      2. 5.2. MASSIVE POTENTIAL
        1. 5.2.1. U.S. Projects
        2. 5.2.2. Europe Catches a $1 Trillion Wave
      3. 5.3. COSTS FALLING
      4. 5.4. INVESTING IN MARINE ENERGY
        1. 5.4.1. Permits and Power
        2. 5.4.2. Even in the East River
        3. 5.4.3. Profits in the Highlands
    6. 6. WHAT'S THAT SMELL?
      1. 6.1. LANDFILL GAS: WASTE OR WATTS?
        1. 6.1.1. But Is It Good for the Environment?
      2. 6.2. AGRICULTURE/LIVESTOCK MANURE: FROM COW CHIPS TO GREEN CHIPS
      3. 6.3. INVESTING IN BIOGAS
        1. 6.3.1. Diamonds in the Dung
        2. 6.3.2. The Micro Angle
        3. 6.3.3. At the Cusp of Change
    7. 7. THE EFFICIENCY ADVANTAGE
      1. 7.1. NEGA-WHAT?
      2. 7.2. WHAT IS LEED CERTIFICATION?
        1. 7.2.1. Build It Green
        2. 7.2.2. Show Me the Green
      3. 7.3. INVESTING IN ENERGY CONSERVATION AND EFFICIENCY
        1. 7.3.1. Light It Up
        2. 7.3.2. Motor Management
        3. 7.3.3. Energy Intelligence
        4. 7.3.4. A One– Two Punch
  4. II. THE END OF OIL
    1. 8. FOREIGN OIL: The Path to Suicide
      1. 8.1. WHAT IS PEAK OIL?
        1. 8.1.1. Exports
      2. 8.2. COUNTING ON OPEC
        1. 8.2.1. OPEC: Unable or Unwilling?
      3. 8.3. THE BOTTOM LINE ON OIL
        1. 8.3.1. The Oil Junkie's Last Fix
      4. 8.4. THE PARTY'S OVER
        1. 8.4.1. Food
        2. 8.4.2. Security
        3. 8.4.3. Transportation
      5. 8.5. THE FUTURE IS ELECTRIC
      6. 8.6. THE GAME IS COMING TO US
    2. 9. BIOFUELS: More than Just Corn
      1. 9.1. THE COMPLEXITIES OF BIOFUELS
        1. 9.1.1. Ethanol
        2. 9.1.2. Biodiesel
      2. 9.2. IMPORTANT QUESTIONS
        1. 9.2.1. The Potential: How Much Can We Really Make?
        2. 9.2.2. The Greenhouse Effect: Will Biofuels Effectively Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions?
        3. 9.2.3. Net Energy: Will It Be Enough?
      3. 9.3. THE MARKET: GROWING LIKE A WEED
        1. 9.3.1. The Ethanol Market
        2. 9.3.2. The Biodiesel Market
      4. 9.4. INCENTIVES
      5. 9.5. THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION
    3. 10. PLUGGED-IN PROFITS
      1. 10.1. A DISCLAIMER
      2. 10.2. OPEC'S BIGGEST FEAR
        1. 10.2.1. Plugging In
        2. 10.2.2. Never Buy Gasoline Again
      3. 10.3. INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITIES: PHEVs
      4. 10.4. LITHIUM NIRVANA
        1. 10.4.1. The Zinc Solution?
      5. 10.5. GET YOUR MOTOR RUNNING
  5. III. THE SCIENCE AND PROFITABILITY OF CLIMATE CHANGE
    1. 11. GLOBAL WARMING: The Not-So-Great Debate
      1. 11.1. THE CANARIES OF CLIMATE DOOM
        1. 11.1.1. The Supreme Court and a Dozen States
        2. 11.1.2. The United Nations
      2. 11.2. THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
        1. 11.2.1. The Pentagon
      3. 11.3. A CATASTROPHIC THREAT
        1. 11.3.1. Feedback Loops
        2. 11.3.2. The Precautionary Principle
      4. 11.4. BUSINESS RISING TO THE CHALLENGE
      5. 11.5. POLITICAL RESPONSE
      6. 11.6. NATURAL CAPITAL
    2. 12. PROFITING FROM POLLUTION
      1. 12.1. BUILDING MOMENTUM
      2. 12.2. COMMODITIZATION OF CARBON: HOW IT WORKS
      3. 12.3. MORE BANG FOR YOUR CARBON BUCK
      4. 12.4. WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?
      5. 12.5. BUYER BEWARE
    3. 13. CONCLUSION: THE GREATEST INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY OF THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
  6. NOTES
  7. ABOUT THE AUTHORS