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The First 10 Months: Rating the Inflation Reduction Act

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 28, 2023
The Inflation Reduction Act has been the law of the land since August, and has already survived its first real political test. The IRA is designed specifically to accelerate investment already being made by the private sector. And early indications are it’s succeeding.

What’s Wrong with Utility Stocks?

By Roger S. Conrad on Jun. 2, 2023
Most utility stocks have weakened since releasing Q1 results. The Dow Jones Utility Average is lower by -6.4 percent since the beginning of the year. That compares with being basically breakeven at the beginning of May. And with the S&P 500 up over 10 percent for 2023, it’s fair to ask why the underperformance?

Utility M&A’s Not Dead, Just Taking a Breather

By Roger S. Conrad on Apr. 19, 2023
Kentucky regulators’ decision to oppose Algonquin Power & Utilities (TSX: AQN, NYSE: AQN)'s deal to buy American Electric Power’s (NYSE: AEP) Kentucky Power and Kentucky Transco units is likely to put a chill on prospective utility M&A in the state.

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.

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.

US Offshore Wind: Still Affordable?

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 24, 2023
Later this year, the 800-megawatt capacity Vineyard Wind 1 project will begin delivering electricity to the Massachusetts grid. After that, however, the way ahead for US offshore wind is considerably less clear.

Avoiding the Worst Mistake Investors Will Make in 2023

By Roger S. Conrad on Jan. 13, 2023
The worst mistake investors will make this year won’t be getting caught with a stock on the heels of a disappointing earnings report, misjudging the Federal Reserve’s resolve fighting inflation—or the rising risk of a recession.

What’s Wrong with Telecom Stocks

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 23, 2022
Communications is a growing and essential service. And a new generation of 5G and eventually 6G wireless—augmented by fiber broadband networks—is on the cusp of spurring a global revolution in productivity.

Utility Q3 Earnings Matter, and So Far They’re Great

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 29, 2022
So long as the Federal Reserve is on the warpath against inflation, risk of recession will be elevated. And that tilts the odds heavily in favor of lower stock prices over the next few months. The utility stock rally we’ve seen since the October issue of CUI posted, however, is proof positive that the trends powering sector outperformance this year are entrenched as ever.

California’s All-In on EVs: Buy Edison, Not Tesla

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 27, 2022

The California Air Resources Board voted to ban sales of gasoline-powered vehicles by 2035, and targets minimum electric vehicle market share of 35 percent by 2026 and 68 percent by 2030. And 17 other states will likely follow suit.

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