(PRWEB) April 03, 2012
In this volatile global economy, investment strategist, and author, Gordon Ettie of the new energy investment book Power Plug-In: Global Investments for Our Energy Future warns investors to stay away from these highly risky energy investments.
“The safest investment path to follow is one that takes into consideration the growth of the particular energy sector, not just on a national level, but on a global scale; the economic stability of the country in which the energy investment is to be made; and the commitment of the government to realistic research and development funding,” says Ettie and warns investors against investing in the following energy sources:
1. Renewable fuels which contain an oxygen atom.
2. Coal, with the exception of some limited global opportunities is not a good investment
3. Wind power which is not as environmentally friendly as originally thought and cost prohibitive and wind energy can only be used by a power utility that has an extensive array of energy sources so have the flexibility to cope with the wind energy source's intermittancies.
“After spending more than two years researching and investigating all the sources of energy and their investment attractiveness I have found that these three are particularly risky investments at this time and recommend not adding them to an investment portfolio despite what the media may be currently promoting,” adds Ettie. “So here is my short-list of investment no-no’s and for more please check out my book, Power Plug-In.”
Any so-called renewable that has an oxygen atom in its composition should not be encouraged. A potential fuel source with an oxygen atom has a lower heat value per pound and hence results in less energy. This means lower miles per gallon for transportation. In any combustion process, as in an automobile, oxygen is consumed, usually from the air. If the molecule used in the combustion process has an oxygen atom, the oxygen atom will be consumed first and will lower the heat value of the molecule. This results in less energy per pound. Therefore there should not be any investment in a material that is used for an energy source that has an oxygen atom in its molecule.
Coal is one of the most widely abundant energy sources but one of the dirtiest. Coal will be used less and less by developed countries but more and more by less developed countries like China and India. This area is not good for a long-term investment. There might be an opportunity for a short-term investment in a well-managed company that supplies coal to China or India.
There is a lot of publicity pushing for this energy source. However, wind energy might not be as environmentally friendly as previously thought. Also the cost in land area, noise and capital required makes this energy source have questionable economics. There also is a requirement for this energy source to be economically viable makes it necessary to have complex negotiations with the local power company for a buy-in tariff. Also wind requires a power utility company that has the system capability ( many different energy sources) to be able to cope with the intermittantcy of production of electricity by wind power. (when the wind doesn't blow, no electricity is produced.
No investment is recommended for this energy source.
Ettie is not only familiar with the whole topic of energy; he’s devoted his lifelong career to it, making a lot of successful investments for himself and others. His position on the boards of prestigious companies advising on critical decisions in the highly technical and competitive world of energy and, if that isn’t enough, he has been an advisor to entrepreneurs and start-ups all looking for a share of the growing energy market.
Power Plug-In offers compelling global solutions for both the individual, organizational and government energy investor by taking a broad look at all energy sources in the production of electricity and fuel for transportation and then providing a strategic plan for the best use of both research and financial resources for the future.
“My goal is to use revenues from this book and attract funding which will be tax deductible to support an energy scholarship program,” explains Ettie whose non-profit organization Energy Scienomic is the publisher.
To book Gordon Ettie for your next meeting or conference or for more information please visit http://www.PowerPlug-In.com or contact him at powerpluginbook(at)gmail(dot)com