Wind power stocks are the stocks of companies that operate (or build and make parts for) wind farms. Those projects aim to offer a source of clean, endlessly renewable energy that could conceivably replace fossil fuels such as oil, coal and natural gas.
Wind power technology has been used for centuries around the world in the form of windmills for pumping water and milling grain. Historically, windmills are most associated with the Netherlands (Holland) where they have been used extensively for centuries. Today, wind power plants use large blades to catch the wind, turning rotors in turbines that produce electricity.
Just as oil, coal or natural gas-fueled plants use steam or combustion gases to turn electricity-producing rotors, wind plants use wind turbines, often assembled on a large scale, on a site called a wind farm.
Most of the installed wind generating capacity today is in Germany, Spain and Denmark, although it is making inroads in North America, especially in Texas. However, like other alternative-energy firms, wind power stocks face significant costs and risks. These include a reliance on government subsidies.
Wind power shares may be suitable for your portfolio, but the technology behind them isn’t efficient enough to yet phase out fossil fuels. To invest more wisely, buy wind-power stocks that also have a sound base of traditional power generation. And for the best overall portfolio returns, follow TSI Network’s three-part Successful Investor strategy:
Invest mainly in well-established companies;
Spread your money out across most if not all of the five main economic sectors (Manufacturing & Industry; Resources & Commodities; the Consumer sector; Finance; Utilities);
Downplay or avoid stocks in the broker/media limelight.
Wind power stocks offer a lot of conceptual appeal, but also harbour a number of unique risks
The conceptual appeal of wind power stocks is obvious—these companies operate (or build and make parts for) wind turbines, which offer a source of clean, endlessly… Read More
The seeming attraction of wind power stocks is obvious — these companies operate (or make parts for) wind turbines, which offer a source of clean, renewable energy that can replace fossil fuels like oil and coal. However, like many alternative-energy stocks, wind power’s potential has… Read More
Wind power stocks continue to attract a lot of investor attention. That’s because these companies build or operate wind turbines, which offer a source of clean, endlessly renewable energy that could replace fossil fuels like oil, coal and natural gas.
However, like many other alternative-energy… Read More
In spite of the weak economy, governments around the world continue to invest heavily in wind projects and electrical-power grids. On Monday, for example, the Ontario government committed $2.3 billion over the next three years to expand and strengthen the province’s grid.
Wind power stocks include companies that make components for wind turbines and those that use wind turbines to generate power.
Although publicly traded wind companies are considered green stocks, wind power does draw some objections from environmental groups. It also faces some challenging technical problems.
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Exchange Traded Funds, or ETFs, don’t load you up with heavy management fees, nor do they tie you down with heavy redemption charges if you decide to get out before six years have passed. Instead, they give you a lower-cost and more flexible and convenient… Read More
Investors are interested in wind power stocks, solar power stocks and other green stocks because they like the idea of making money and helping the environment. But they need a healthy sense of skepticism in order to succeed.
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