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  • Roger S. Conrad

Roger S. Conrad needs no introduction to individual and professional investors, many of whom have profited from his decades of experience uncovering the best dividend-paying stocks for accumulating sustainable wealth.

Roger built his reputation with Utility Forecaster, a publication he founded more than 20 years ago that The Hulbert Financial Digest routinely ranked as one of the best investment newsletters. He’s also a sought-after expert on master limited partnerships (MLP) and former Canadian royalty trusts.

In April 2013, Roger reunited with his long-time friend and colleague, Elliott Gue, becoming co-editor of Energy & Income Advisor, a semimonthly online newsletter that’s dedicated to uncovering the most profitable opportunities in the energy sector.

Although the masthead may have changed, readers can count on Roger to deliver the same high-quality analysis and rational assessment of the best dividend-paying utilities, MLPs and dividend-paying Canadian energy names.


Algonquin and Enel: Recoveries on Track

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 17, 2023
A banking crisis can be a tough time to strengthen a balance sheet. But based on calendar Q4 results and updated guidance announced this week, financial recovery plans at Aggressive Holdings Algonquin Power & Utilities (TSX: AQN, NYSE: AQN) and Enel SpA (Italy: ENEL, OTC: ENLAY, ESOCF) are accelerating.

Building Wealth from Wind and Sun: Costs are Key

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 15, 2023

Last weekend, a Wall Street Journal editorial pointed out the cost of “balancing the grid” added GBP150 to UK household electricity bills in 2022. The authors’ attempt to blame the entire cost on adoption of renewable energy is quite a stretch, as it ignores the larger role of erratic weather and availability of other power plants.

Their broader point that wind and solar are still challenged by intermittency, however, is spot on.

What’s Wrong with Renewable Energy

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 10, 2023

The S&P 500 is still holding onto about half its early 2023 gains. But like other dividend-paying stocks, utilities have gone into reverse this spring, with the Dow Jones Utility Average underwater by nearly 6 percent year-to-date. High inflation and rising interest rates are certainly playing a role in the underperformance. But a more important reason may be investors’ disappointment that last year’s Inflation Reduction Act didn’t spark a more robust industry response.

Vistra Energy: Cash Rich and Going Nuclear

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 10, 2023
Long deeply discounted, Aggressive Holding Vistra Energy (NYSE: VST) suddenly caught fire this week—and for three very good reasons. First, the energy generation and retail company announced yet another earnings beat, boosting 2022 EBITDA 53.5 percent and handily beating the mid-point of management’s most recent guidance. Despite a 26 percent year-over-year lift in CAPEX, free cash flow topped projections. And the company set robust 2023 guidance, with the mid-point of the EBITDA range an 18.8 percent increase.

NextEra Energy: Renewable Energy’s Best in Class and Cheap Again

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 10, 2023

NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE) was the first major mover in American renewable energy—forging relationships across the country with prospective customers, local governments and suppliers years ahead of the competition en route to building its current 65 gigawatt capacity operating portfolio. And the company is set to continue that dominance, coming off a record year of 8 GW of new contracts and 5 GW start ups despite supply chain challenges. The Florida Power & Light utility is developing what management calls a 160 GW solar, storage and hydrogen opportunity over the next 20 years. And unregulated NextEra Energy Resources has $71 billion total assets, 30 GW of generation and a backlog of signed contracts for 19 GW more.

When Stocks Stumble, Focus on the Business

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 10, 2023

The stocks in each portfolio all have the fundamental objective to build wealth. But they’re set up to do it in different ways.

Fortum Cuts, Southwest Gas Warns

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 10, 2023

Fortum OYJ (Finland: FORTUM, OTC: FOJCF) is breaking its annual dividend for calendar 2023 into two semi-annual payments for April and October. The total of 91 Euro cents is an effective 20 percent cut from 2022’s annual payment of EUR1.14 per share. Management telegraphed a reduction late last year, when the largesse of the German government allowed it to escape the meltdown of Uniper SE. The company ultimately exited the power generation company and energy retailer it had spent years pursuing with a loss of roughly EUR6 billion.

Real Answers to Your Renewable Energy Questions

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 10, 2023

No doubt about it: The so-called culture war has spread to energy. And as a result, pretty much everyone has an opinion on complex challenges that have historically been left to engineers, physicists and finance guys. The inevitable result: There are literally voices attacking every available energy resource. And from the basic economics of various energy sources to environmental impact it’s all seemingly up for debate.

Southern Company’s Dream Deferred: Does Nuclear Have A Future?

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 22, 2023
Southern Company (NYSE: SO) has deflated investor hopes yet again, announcing it would postpone the startup of the first of two nuclear reactors under construction at the Vogtle site in Georgia.



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