The Best Way to Play the Future of American Energy
There’s no question that nuclear energy plays a big role in America’s power generation. (We looked at the sector’s coming bull market last week.) And that role is increasing. However, other non-carbon energy sources are quickly gaining in popularity as well...
Today’s chart looks at the percentage of electricity produced from non-carbon sources around the world.
As you can see, countries like Iceland and Norway rely almost entirely on renewable sources. Other countries - like the U.K. and the U.S. - still rely heavily on coal and natural gas.
Last year, these traditional energy sources generated more than 65% of all U.S. power.
Still, that shouldn’t diminish the fact that, each year, our coal usage is dropping. And it’s giving renewables a bigger and bigger foothold.
The U.S. generated more than 13% of its electricity from renewable sources in 2015. That may not sound like a lot. But a decade ago, that number was in the single digits. And remember...
Changes in technology tend to happen much faster than we think.
That’s the second of David Fessler’s three Laws of Technology, summed up here in Energy & Resources Digest.
Often, these changes even catch government agencies by surprise. For example, in 2005 the EIA forecast that U.S. solar capacity would hit 1.2 GW in 2013.
The actual figure was closer to 11 GW.
Do we still have a long way to go before U.S. power comes primarily from green energy sources? Absolutely. But the upward trend is clear. And as history has proven, this shift will likely happen much faster than we think.
In a recent article on wind energy, Dave wrote:
If you’re one of the folks who think these energy sources are still science projects, think again. On March 23, 2016, more than 48% of the generated electricity on Texas’ main grid came from wind energy.
Soon it will be easier than ever for end markets to access this incredible power source.
The moral here: If your only energy holdings are big oil companies, you’re making a serious mistake. A well-balanced portfolio should contain exposure to solar, wind and other renewables.
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