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.
NextEra Energy Partners LP (NYSE: NEP)--a publicly traded partnership that specializes in renewable energy--has been a slam dunk since its initial public offering (IPO) on June 26. But at these levels, there are better plays in this industry.
Winter 2013-14 was one of the coldest on record in North America. Americans used massive amounts of natural gas, drawing down an historic glut in storage. And supplies are still shrinking with US consumption running 19 percent ahead of last year.
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