Clean Energy Fuels
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, does not have the best public image these days. But love it or loath it, the fruit of this increasingly employed drilling technology — natural gas — has upended the traditional fuel business.
In the process, natural gas is also radically transforming the transportation industry. As it does, a number of companies that have moved in early, both large and emerging, are poised to reap significant benefits.
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United Parcel Service (NYSE: UPS) recently called natural gas a “game changer” for vehicle emissions. That's true, and companies like UPS, Waste Management (NYSE: WM), and Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE) are ahead of the curve.
Garbage collection relies on a large number of vehicles that perform the same tasks every day on a regular basis. Large numbers of garbage trucks are owned by individual companies and normally all more »
The North American energy boom is creating enormous potential. From the massive reduction in reliance on foreign oil, to keeping more American dollars in the domestic economy, to directly generating lots of well-paying jobs, the benefits to our country are many. And for investors, it's also opening up doors to profit in substantial and sustainable ways.
Natural gas vehicles, or NGVs, have been in use since the 1930's, but at the time never gained much traction due to the popularity of gasoline powered vehicles. However, NGVs are starting to make a serious comeback due to a major shift in energy prices in addition to modern engineering advancements in NGV technology.
Are natural gas vehicles ready to take off?
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Over the past few years, the price of natural gas (NG) has been hit hard due to massive capital investments in well drilling. The current low price and abundance of natural gas will help it become a major transportation fuel. There's one small company that makes the technology that allows engines to run on natural gas. By investing early in Westport Innovations (NASDAQ: WPRT), you are positioning yourself more »
Clean Energy (NASDAQ: CLNE) has been working on building a natural gas fueling network for long-haul truckers. At the same time, it has been converting gasoline powered vehicles to run on natural gas. It's selling that business to focus on its fueling network.
More Natural Gas
The introduction of hydraulic fracturing released a massive store of natural gas that was locked underneath the United States. With so much new more »
Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE) and Westport Innovations (NASDAQ: WPRT) agreed to a deal and to join forces through a marketing campaign to help ignite the future of natural gas. On June 28 Westport Innovations agreed to buy two of Clean Energy Fuels subsidiaries, BAF Technologies and ServoTech Engineering, to enhance their powerful product and patent portfolio and tighten their ties with Ford. Westport Innovations continues to be a buy more »
Westport Innovations (NASDAQ: WPRT) and Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE) announced on Friday that Westport would acquire Clean Energy's BAF Technologies and Servotech Engineering in an all-stock transaction for the acquisition worth $25 million:
Westport believes that the amalgamation will create the largest product portfolio and largest market presence in the North American light duty natural gas vehicle (NGV) space. Specifically, Westport secures its position as Ford's largest more »
When natural-gas spot prices crossed the $4 mark (per MMBtu), many people started to think that soon natural gas would reach a price level where it may not remain a cheap substitute to diesel (as transportation fuel) or coal (as feedstock). Their opinion was strengthened when US legislation passed a bill in which natural gas will be liquefied (essentially turned into LNG) and exported.
However, natural-gas spot prices have recently more »
The relatively low price of natural gas and its clean image have made it a favorite fuel source for an increasing number of industries. Add trains to that list, with General Electric (NYSE: GE) and Caterpillar (NYSE: CAT) looking to get into the market.
The world is increasingly concerned about the emissions produced from using carbon-based fuels. That's led to a crackdown on power plants that use coal more »
Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK) has been decreasing its ownership stake in Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE) for a few months as it looks to get its own house in order. Last week, Clean Energy co-founder, board member, and outspoken proponent of domestic energy T Boone Pickens picked up a $60 million promissory note from Chesapeake for its remaining Clean Energy shares, which will increase his stake in the company by more »
I'm in the middle of rolling over a 401k from my former career, and I'm asking readers to follow along as I invest in some of the world's best companies. Go here to see my portfolio in action, and click on my profile to the right to see other posts about this topic. Will you learn more from my successes, or my failures? Only time will answer more »
Clean energy is a hot topic today. However, companies in the space are still trying to find a way to build lasting businesses. That can lead to some interesting opportunities, like Ormat Technologies (NYSE: ORA) and Clean Energy Fuels (NASDAQ: CLNE). Investor enthusiasm for a new idea, however, can sometimes mean big risks, as Tesla Motors' (NASDAQ: TSLA) rapid appreciation shows.
Harnessing the Earth's energy
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Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA) shares have risen dramatically over the past year. Now, after turning its first profit, it is trying to build the electric “gas” station infrastructure needed to support wider adoption of its all-electric cars. That's a great idea, but the stock is too expensive.
Gasoline powered cars are the main form of transportation around the world. Over decades of use a deep infrastructure has been built more »
The need for clean air will never stop and the increasing utilization of gaseous fuels makes Fuel Systems Solutions (NASDAQ: FSYS) a great long-term investment. Fuel Systems designs, manufactures, and supplies a proven, cost-effective alternative fuel components and systems for transportation and industrial applications.
Fuel Systems offers products including gaseous fuel regulators and fuel shut-off valves to control the pressure and flow of gaseous alternative fuels, such as propane and more »
Tesla Motors (NASDAQ: TSLA) has been on a tear since the company's CEO announced it would turn a profit in the first quarter. Going from spending on growth to making money is an important transition point in a company's life. However, the decision to stop providing backlog data should concern investors.
The Turning Point
Prior to the first quarter, Tesla offered investors nothing but red ink since its more »
Natural gas is in a very precarious place with oil suffering a recent decline. Oil is headed back up and is almost at the $100 mark, but it only seems to take some weak global economic news to send it down. Also, non-traditional sources of oil are becoming more viable and cheaper as things develop. At this point though, I think an economy partially based on natural gas as an more »
When people think of revolutions in transportation, they probably don’t think of the railroads. But, that might be changing sooner rather than later.
Last week Amtrak revealed a plan to replace 70 of its older locomotives with newer, more efficient models. Utilizing a braking system that converts 100% of the energy it uses back to the electric grid, the new engines, built by Siemens AG (NYSE: SImore »)
As we emerge from earnings season, I've taken some time to review a few of my favorite companies and come to terms with where things stand. That's led me to take a hard look at the part of my portfolio that's dedicated to the expansion of natural gas as a transportation fuel. There are a handful of companies that are early in the game:
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As we emerge from earnings season, I've taken some time to review a few of my favorite companies and come to terms with where things stand. That's led me to take a hard look at the part of my portfolio that's dedicated to the expansion of natural gas as a transportation fuel. There are a handful of companies that are early in the game.
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