Energy in Trump’s America: Who’s Picking Winners and Losers Now?


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President Trump is considering the use of a Cold War-era defense act to shore up struggling coal and nuclear power plants, something the administration argues is essential to U.S. national security. But critics say this is the government picking winners and losers for political purposes. 


Republicans repeatedly slammed President Obama for investing taxpayer dollars in clean energy technologies during his tenure. Obama even invoked the Defense Production Act, the same law Trump is looking to use, to justify testing biofuels in the Navy. Was he picking winners and losers too? Or was he investing in the next generation of American competitiveness?


In this episode of <em>Political Climate</em> we debate who is picking favorites in the energy space, and how solar was a loser in the roll out of Trump&rsquo;s protectionist trade agenda.


We also touch on the unusually tight Arizona special election, where Democrat Hiral Tipirneni came within <div class="post-limited-image"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/GreentechMedia?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></div>

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Energy in Trump’s America: Who’s Picking Winners and Losers Now?


This post is by Joseph Lazzaro from Greentech Media: Headlines


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President Trump is considering the use of a Cold War-era defense act to shore up struggling coal and nuclear power plants, something the administration argues is essential to U.S. national security. But critics say this is the government picking winners and losers for political purposes.&nbsp;


Republicans repeatedly slammed President Obama for investing taxpayer dollars in clean energy technologies during his tenure. Obama even invoked the Defense Production Act, the same law Trump is looking to use, to justify testing biofuels in the Navy. Was he picking winners and losers too? Or was he investing in the next generation of American competitiveness?


In this episode of <em>Political Climate</em> we debate who is picking favorites in the energy space, and how solar was a loser in the roll out of Trump&rsquo;s protectionist trade agenda.


We also touch on the unusually tight Arizona special election, where Democrat Hiral Tipirneni came within <div class="post-limited-image"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/GreentechMedia?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></div>

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Energy in Trump’s America: Who’s Picking Winners and Losers Now?


This post is by Joseph Lazzaro from Greentech Media: Headlines


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President Trump is considering the use of a Cold War-era defense act to shore up struggling coal and nuclear power plants, something the administration argues is essential to U.S. national security. But critics say this is the government picking winners and losers for political purposes.&nbsp;


Republicans repeatedly slammed President Obama for investing taxpayer dollars in clean energy technologies during his tenure. Obama even invoked the Defense Production Act, the same law Trump is looking to use, to justify testing biofuels in the Navy. Was he picking winners and losers too? Or was he investing in the next generation of American competitiveness?


In this episode of <em>Political Climate</em> we debate who is picking favorites in the energy space, and how solar was a loser in the roll out of Trump&rsquo;s protectionist trade agenda.


We also touch on the unusually tight Arizona special election, where Democrat Hiral Tipirneni came within <div class="post-limited-image"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/GreentechMedia?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></div>

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A New Era of Grid Planning: ‘Folks Are Frustrated’


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Are we entering a new era of grid planning? In recent years, we&#39;ve assumed that sweeping reforms are the best way to get distributed energy built. But in pockets of the country, a more localized approach to deploying these assets is taking hold &ndash; and it could be the sign of a much bigger shift to come.


On this week&#39;s <em>Energy Gang,</em>&nbsp;we&#39;ll&nbsp;look at Washington, D.C.&#39;s new proposal for an authority that would push PEPCO to consider distributed alternatives to infrastructure projects.


Then, why is one of the most progressive utilities in the country slow in scaling distributed energy offerings? We&#39;ll look at the mixed experience of Green Mountain Power.


Finally, we revisit Puerto Rico. The power is mostly back on, but hurricane season is approaching quickly. What comes next?


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A Firm Wants to Reopen One of Australia’s Dirtiest Coal Plants for Blockchain Mining


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Plans to create an Australian "Blockchain Valley" with cheap fossil energy have been met with a stony reception from blockchain insiders.


Abraham Cambridge, founder and CEO of The Sun Exchange, a blockchain-based marketplace for solar PV equipment, said a plan by Australian tech firm IOT Group to restart a coal-fired plant for blockchain company energy supplies is not sustainable.&nbsp;


&ldquo;Blockchain, being one of today&rsquo;s most forward-thinking industries, should not be looking backwards at coal to meet energy needs,&rdquo; Cambridge said. &ldquo;Instead, we should focus on deploying more clean energy capacity.&rdquo;


Using green energy for blockchain business development was more sustainable and also made more economic sense, he said. &ldquo;A well-placed solar energy plant now produces electricity at lower cost than fossil fuels,&rdquo; he claimed.&nbsp;


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First Solar to Open a New US Manufacturing Plant


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First Solar announced Thursday it plans to open a new solar module manufacturing plant near its existing facility in Perrysburg, Ohio. The 1.2-gigawatt factory will produce the company&#39;s Series 6 thin-film PV modules, with construction slated to begin in mid-2018 and full production mode expected in late 2019.


The plan, unveiled moments before First Solar&#39;s <a href="https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/dm528gz3" >first quarter earnings call</a>, is contingent on confirmation of state and local incentive packages currently under negotiation. If approved, the 1-million-square-foot facility in Township, Ohio is forecast to create 500 new jobs in the state.&nbsp;


The announced expansion, combined with First Solar&#39;s current Series 6 manufacturing capacity of 600 megawatts, will bring the company&#39;s annualized U.S. manufacturing capacity for thin-film PV solar modules to a total of 1.8 gigawatts. For comparison, <a href="https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/panasonic-ramps-up-solar-cell-production-at-teslas-buffalo-gigafactory#gs.x3U5Ndk">Tesla&#39;s solar Gigafactory</a> is expected to have 1 gigawatt of annual capacity by the end of 2019, and 2 <div class="post-limited-image"><img alt="" src="http://feeds.greentechmedia.com/content/images/articles/First_Solar_Manufacturing_Forecast_2018.png" style="max-width: 100%" /></div>

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First Solar to Open a New US Manufacturing Plant


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First Solar announced Thursday it plans to open a new solar module manufacturing plant near its existing facility in Perrysburg, Ohio. The 1.2-gigawatt factory will produce the company&#39;s Series 6 thin-film PV modules, with construction slated to begin in mid-2018 and full production mode expected in late 2019.


The plan, unveiled moments before First Solar&#39;s <a href="https://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/dm528gz3" >first quarter earnings call</a>, is contingent on confirmation of state and local incentive packages currently under negotiation. If approved, the 1-million-square-foot facility in Township, Ohio is forecast to create 500 new jobs in the state.&nbsp;


The announced expansion, combined with First Solar&#39;s current Series 6 manufacturing capacity of 600 megawatts, will bring the company&#39;s annualized U.S. manufacturing capacity for thin-film PV solar modules to a total of 1.8 gigawatts. For comparison, <a href="https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/panasonic-ramps-up-solar-cell-production-at-teslas-buffalo-gigafactory#gs.x3U5Ndk">Tesla&#39;s solar Gigafactory</a> is expected to have 1 gigawatt of annual capacity by the end of 2019, and 2 <div class="post-limited-image"><img alt="" src="http://feeds.greentechmedia.com/content/images/articles/First_Solar_Manufacturing_Forecast_2018.png" style="max-width: 100%" /></div>

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After Two Years as an Oracle Company, What’s Next for Opower?


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It took Opower nine years&nbsp;to reach its first <a href="https://blogs.oracle.com/utilities/opower-energy-savings" >$1 billion in energy efficiency</a> savings. It&#39;s taken two years, since its 2016 acquisition by Oracle, to reach the&nbsp;<a href="https://dailyenergyinsider.com/news/11796-oracle-utilities-announces-2-billion-savings-generated-opower-energy-efficiency-programs/" >second billion</a>.&nbsp;


So what&#39;s been happening at the company since the acquisition?


Opower has lost its co-founders Daniel Yates and Alex Laskey. Both of their LinkedIn pages show their roles as executives ended in mid-2017, and both have since <a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/renowned-cleantech-investor-and-opower-founder-join-voltus-strategic-advisory-board-300563015.html" >loaned their talents</a>, <a href="https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/dandelion-raises-4-5-million-in-latest-funding-round" >and wealth</a>, to other clean energy technology ventures. Opower employees expressed their displeasure with becoming part of Oracle at sites like Glassdoor, and reports indicate that many have left since the acquisition.&nbsp;


But the long-range value of Opower to Oracle lies in what&rsquo;s ahead, not what&rsquo;s behind. And on that front, the $2 billion in efficiency gains announced&nbsp;<a href="https://dailyenergyinsider.com/news/11796-oracle-utilities-announces-2-billion-savings-generated-opower-energy-efficiency-programs/" >earlier this month</a>&nbsp;is the result of a much broader set of technology and business implementations. The company now <div class="post-limited-image"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/GreentechMedia?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></div>

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Is Now a Good Time to Consider Windstream?


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Windstream (WIN) logoShares of rural broadband and telecom provider Windstream Corp. (WIN), which I first discussed here on January 18, 2010, at a price of $10.92, have recently pulled back about 10% to $12.70. But just view that retreat as an investment opportunity, if you can tolerate the risk.

Underscoring — WIN’s shares are not for the squeamish. If you can tolerate the volatility and you’re patient, though, you’re likely to be rewarded with WIN.

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Is Now a Good Time to Consider Windstream? originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Wed, 06 Apr 2011 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Stanley Works Remains in an Uptrend


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Stanley Works (SWK) logoThe stock of Stanley Works (SWK), which I first discussed here on February 10, 2009, at $32.48, continues to power higher, dusting $70 psychological resistance and testing $77 before a recent pullback. If you haven’t already, now may be a good time to consider taking some profits off the table, if you’re in near $32.

However, those investors who can tolerate the risk can maintain their full position in SWK, as more upside is likely ahead.

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Stanley Works Remains in an Uptrend originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Wed, 06 Apr 2011 10:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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The Bumpy Ride Continues with Whirlpool


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Place Whirlpool Corporation (WHR), first discussed here on March 13, 2009, at a price of $34.47, in the not-for-squeamish-investors category.

Appliance manufacturer extraordinaire Whirlpool’s stock over-corrected last summer, formed a bear-hug, bottomed at/near $69.50, then recovered to about $90 during the winter — before recently sliding back to $84. Translation: a roller-coaster — something that one generally does not see with an industrial player. Even so, I still like WHR here. But hold on to your hat if you own the shares — the bumpiness could continue in 2011.

And if you haven’t already, consider taking some provides off the table with WHR, if you’re in at/near $34.50.

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The Bumpy Ride Continues with Whirlpool originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Tue, 05 Apr 2011 17:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Chicago Bridge & Iron Just Keeps Rolling Along


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The impressive equity appreciation story with Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI), which I first wrote about on April 6, 2009 at a price of $7.31, continues, as the stock is testing psychological resistance at $40.

Further, obviously, if you haven’t already, if you’re in at/near $7.31 or at a dollar-cost-average below $14, now may be a good time to consider taking some profits off the table with CBI.

However, those investors who can tolerate the risk can maintain their full position to go for a possible larger gain, as CBI will likely trade above $45 by the end of 2011.

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Chicago Bridge & Iron Just Keeps Rolling Along originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Tue, 05 Apr 2011 15:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Cummins: Time to Take Some Profits?


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Cummins (CMI) logoTruck engine and power generation system manufacturer extraordinaire Cummins Inc. (CMI), which I first discussed here on April 3, 2009, at a price of $29.70, is making a strong case for 2011 “play of the year” — and it’s only April.

Cummins, which is up about 260%, sliced through major, psychological resistance at $100, tested $110, pulled back during the winter and has recently moved back toward $110. Hence, if you haven’t already, now would be a good time to consider taking some profits off the table with CMI if you’re in near $30.

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General Mills: Breakfast-at-Home Play


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The stock of food giant General Mills (GIS), first discussed here on April 8, 2009 split-adjust price of $25.40 ($50.80 per-split), has exhibited side-ways action during the past five months, but just look on that pause as a chance to scoop-up some shares of a premiere U.S. company.

Moreover, the reasons for the bullish view here are obvious enough. Demonstrated business model General Mills boasts solid brands (Cheerios, Wheaties, Lucky Charms, Total, and Chex), good cash flow, economies of scale, and room for international expansion. Add productivity gains, demonstrated marketing skill, and a solid, split-adjust $1.12 annual dividend and GIS is one play that’s hard to pass up.

Further, look for GIS’s 2011 revenue to increase 3-4%, followed by a 1-3% rise in 2012, bolstered by the U.S.’s ‘frugal consumer trend.’ In the states, with budgets pinched, eating out is ‘out,’ and eating in is ‘in,’ which is good news for General Mills.

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General Mills: Breakfast-at-Home Play originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Mon, 04 Apr 2011 16:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Has Kansas City Southern Topped at $57?


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Kansas City Southern (KSU) logoThe shares of Kansas City Southern’s (KSU), which I first discussed here on July 29, 2009, at a price of $19.66, have broken through major, psychological resistance at $50. Now may be a good time to consider taking some profits, if you’re in near $20.

However, those investors who can tolerate the risk can maintain their full position in KSU, but keep in mind the journey to $70 may not be completed in 2011.

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Has Kansas City Southern Topped at $57? originally appeared on BloggingStocks on Sat, 02 Apr 2011 14:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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