EU rapeseed news February 2007


The latest news from the EU energy frontier for all you investors out there lookin’ for a fast buck;

1. Information regards biofuels & food security

2. Impacts of unchecked biofuels growth

3. Wider implications of biofuels growth

Everyone needs to be well informed before making an investment decision. Rapeseed, as a part of the biofuels drive in the EU, is not a particularly stable investment for your monies because biofuels cause more problems than solutions (source). Wind energy is however a good bet growing at nearly 30% pa (source). Concentrated solar energy is another area of excellent growth. Certainly worth further investigation before you make your investment decisions.

Good luck. And invest safely.

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7 Responses to EU rapeseed news February 2007

  1. Pete Smith says:

    Sorry Matt, but I have to ask. Where did your investment information on rapeseed, wind and solar come from?

  2. matt says:

    Sources added as rightly requested.

    There are many sources that prove biofuels are a nightmare, not a solution to our energy fix. Of course we want investors money to be used wisely as society moves into newer energy choices that aim to mitigate climate change and provide a decent return on investment. We don’t want a ‘alternative energy bubble’ as The Economist recently commented.

  3. Pete Smith says:

    Care needs to be taken when discussing investment performance. The fact that the market in wind energy has grown by 30% doesn’t mean that investments in the sector have grown by that much. While it is possible to hold indirect investments in wind, perhaps through shares in oil companies with a wind power subsidiary, specialist companies in this sector tend to be smaller, harder to trade, less likely to pay a dividend, and more vulnerable to market fluctuations and technological innovation.
    If you want to invest in wind directly in individual companies, you MUST do a lot of research and be prepared to lose a lot. The alternative, if you believe the market will grow but don’t want all your eggs in one basket, is to invest in a managed fund such as Merrill Lynch’s New Energy Technology Investment Trust (LSE MNE.L) , which covers wind, solar and other ‘alternative’ energy technologies.

    Another fund to keep an eye on is the Triodos Renewables Fund, formerly known as The Wind Fund, which specialises in wind farm investment. Large wind projects are a matter of personal taste I suppose. At the moment this fund can only be traded through the Triodos Matched Bargain market, but there are rumblings about the fund being listed on AIM in the near future.

  4. matt says:

    > The fact that the market in wind energy has grown by 30% doesn’t mean that investments in the sector have grown by that much.

    Yes, but it’s an important indicator for an area of the energy industry going through substantial & so far, sustained growth.

    Yes, investment trusts & the like are the main entry point for small to mediam scale investors.

    Yes, alternative energy investments come with risk attached, depending on your level of commitment, term of investment, company chosen & to which contry’s laws that company has to adhere to.


  5. Pete Smith says:

    Since I posted my comment about Merrill Lynch’s New Energy Technology Investment Trust on Jan 30th, its share price has risen by 5%. I hope you all got in promptly.

  6. matt says:

    I thought I instructed you as my broker to go in (buy, buy,buy!) 😉

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