With the focus on lofty gasoline prices still fresh on many minds in the wake of Superstorm Sandy and refiners soon looking to transition production from winter to summer blend fuels, I wanted to look back at a topic which recently garnered national interest. Who could forget TV crews broadcasting live as gas lines went on for miles and eerily resembled what was seen here in the States during the 1973 Oil Crisis? This has me thinking President Obama has a chance to make the advancement of fuels a top priority in his second term and that could spell opportunity for investors.

The carnage that Sandy left across many states, including my hometown in New York, should be yet another wake-up call that the lack of refinery capacity in the U.S. is still a major issue that simply won’t go away. Did you know there are currently about 144 operable U.S. refineries, the fewest since at least 1949, which is as far back as Energy Department data goes? Whichever way you slice it, refinery numbers in the U.S. continue a three-decade contraction which means investors must consider the future of fuels. Keep reading →

Poor performance for cleantech stocks this year may continue in 2013 despite some silver linings during 2012, a leading analyst and a panel of VCs recently warned.

Kevin Genieser, Managing Director and Global Head of Clean Technology Banking at Morgan Stanley, said that cleantech equities had underperformed this year despite a bright start to 2012 with three IPOs in the sector. Keep reading →

IT is poised to revolutionize the energy industry by ceding control of consumption and generation to consumers and lead to an “age of empowerment”, an influential figure in the wholesale power sector said yesterday.

David Crane, the outspoken CEO of NRG Energy, told the Cleantech Forum in San Francisco: “We’ve come a long way from the days of the legendary Henry Ford and his comment that the American consumer can have any color of model T as long as it’s black. Keep reading →