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Investing Topics: Solar Power

Yield with a Growth Kicker

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 10, 2016
Investors usually buy utility stocks for their resilient underlying businesses and generous dividend yields—qualities that become even more appealing during times of economic uncertainty and market volatility. But some of our favorite, best-in-class names offer exposure to compelling growth stories that could drive significant outperformance in coming years.

The Sun is Setting on SolarCity Corp, But Renewable Energy is for Real

By Roger S. Conrad on Feb. 22, 2016
SolarCity Corp continues to lose more money with each incremental sale. Meanwhile, electric utilities can leverage their low cost of capital, existing customer relationships and ability to recover capital expenditures in rate base to spur adoption of renewable energy.

Conference Reflections

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 16, 2015
We highlight some of the key investment themes that stood out after three days of presentations and talking to management teams at the Edison Electric Institute's annual financial conference.

Solar Power: Not a Death Knell for Utilities

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 10, 2015
After the first day of presentations and meetings at the Edison Electric Conference's 50th Annual Financial Conference, one theme stands out: increasing adoption of solar power doesn't sound the death knell for regulated electric utilities. In fact, this would-be disruptor creates a huge growth opportunity for incumbent power producers.

Pockets of Opportunity and Cause for Caution

By Roger S. Conrad on Oct. 12, 2015
We highlight some of the most profitable themes for income-seeking investors in essential-service stocks while sounding a note of caution on the near term.

Winners and Losers from the EPA’s Clean Power Plan

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 22, 2015
Earlier this month, the US Environmental Protection Agency issued final rules designed to limit carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. We run through the winners and losers from this new policy.

Resolving Challenges, Investing in Growth

By Roger S. Conrad on Jul. 10, 2015
This utility recently doubled its rate of quarterly dividend growth, but the stock is still down 10 percent on the year. Smart investors should take advantage of this opportunity.

SolarCity Corp: Sun-Dazed Investors Get Burned

By Roger S. Conrad on Mar. 9, 2015
SolarCity Corp has become the face of solar power in the US. But a charismatic CEO and disruptive business model aren't enough to paper over the company's dismal financial results.

Utilities Enter the Spin Cycle

By Roger S. Conrad on Nov. 13, 2014
Expect more utilities to monetize assets and recycle capital by spinning off yieldcos and master limited partnerships.

Electric Utilities: The American Way vs Germany and Australia

By Roger S. Conrad on Aug. 23, 2014

Fear-mongering pundits often point to Germany's energy policy to illustrate the risk that the boom in renewable-energy development poses to the US. Australia provides a better analogue for the US experience, though investors should understand the American energy landscape's unique features before placing their bets.

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