SOURCE: Five Star Equities
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 25, 2012) - Clean energy stocks have struggled considerably this year as the emergence of natural gas as a cheaper alternative have led to growth concerns for the industry. The PowerShares Wilderhill Clean Energy Portfolio (PBW) is down more than 13 percent over the last month. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Renewable Energy Industry and provides equity research on Capstone Turbine Corporation (NASDAQ: CPST) and FuelCell Energy, Inc. (NASDAQ: FCEL).
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According to recent data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) approximately 13 percent of the electricity generated in the U.S. came from renewable energy sources. Macroeconomic uncertainties stemming from the Eurozone crisis and plummeting natural gas prices have combined to produce a challenging environment for the renewable energy industry in 2012. The current glut of natural gas and improvements in "fracking" techniques will see natural gas as a cheaper alternative for years to come.
"This is significant, as natural gas is expected to have a stronger future than ever, serving as a cleaner transition away from traditional fossil energy for power generation and transportation fuel," Dallas Kachan, industry analyst and managing partner of cleantech research and consulting firm Kachan & Co.
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Capstone Turbine is the world's leading producer of low-emission microturbine systems, and was the first to market commercially viable microturbine energy products. Capstone Turbine has shipped over 6,500 Capstone MicroTurbine systems to customers worldwide. The company recently received multiple orders from two natural gas service companies in Colombia that total two megawatts of prime power generation.
FuelCell Energy manufactures ultra-clean stationary fuel cell power plants that generate electricity with up to twice the efficiency of conventional fossil fuel plants -- and with virtually no air pollution. The company reported total revenues for the second quarter of 2012 of $24.2 million compared to $28.6 million in the same period last year.
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