Raymond James Energy Stat of the Week
by J. Marshall Adkins
Energy Stat: Waste-to-Power Flatlining in the U.S., but Fuels from Landfill Gas Are on an Upswing
October 17, 2016
We've written before - most recently, in October 2015 - about the macro, secular trend of rising renewables penetration in the U.S. electricity market. While the U.S. is behind most other industrialized economies, the growth curve is undeniable, with non-hydro renewables on the cusp of reaching 10% share by the end of 2017. It is no secret that wind and solar are the two main drivers, nearly tripling since 2010, but today we will focus on a lesser-known subset of the renewable power spectrum. Waste-to-power - electricity generated from waste sources - has only about 0.5% share, and isn't growing much, but it represents perhaps the most stable, predictable source of non-hydro renewables. Similar to its better-known peers, waste-to-power also stands to benefit from decarbonization policies in the long run. Meanwhile, alongside power generation, a newer "flavor" of waste-to-energy is emerging: fuel production. In this report - co-authored by the Energy and Industrial research teams - we will address the opportunity in both facets of waste-to-energy, and explain how investors can gain exposure to these somewhat below-the-radar themes.
This is a summary of a much more detailed commentary. Please contact your financial advisor for the full report.
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