Energy and Renewables Report
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As a follow up to our acclaimed industry report AiR 2013, Intelligent Partnership has published a report on Energy and Renewables - the second in a series of AiReports on specific investment sectors accredited by the CII and IFP for CPD purposes.
Comprising a market update, demand and supply factors, investment considerations as well as activity and potential in the sector. Alongside this research is an Alternative Investment Register, within which we list and detail all of the 86 energy and renewable energy investments we have been able to collect data for.
Energy is one of the largest and most established global industries and the sector has long been favoured by investors as a classic defensive investment. Oil and gas majors have access to inflation proofed revenue streams and sell a product that is essential for modern life.
Although things are changing, as the easily accessed oil and gas runs out, extraction becomes more dangerous and expensive and any mistakes can impact a company’s share price dramatically, the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster being the most obvious example of this. Concerns over peak oil and the environmental damage fossil fuels do are also changing the outlook for the energy industry.
One area of rapid change and growth is renewable (or clean) energy. The IEA (International Energy Agency) have forecast that renewables will be the world’s second-largest energy source as soon as 2018 and competitive opportunities for renewables are emerging across traditional and new markets.
Investors and their advisers should consider how investing in energy can help meet their investment objectives. Whereas previously investing in renewables might have been perceived as either a high risk niche investment or as an ethical investment where some level of return is sacrificed in order to put capital towards a good cause, today there are sensible investment opportunities in renewables that can fulfil a number of investment objectives: diversification, inflation hedging, securing long term income and achieving market level returns.
The report sets out the macro case for investing in energy and discusses both traditional energy investment strategies, more speculative ideas and how to invest in clean energy. There is a key focus on the UK, looking at the complexity of pricing energy production and how subsidies influence the market. Finally, the investment potential section and investment register should give advisers a comprehensive overview of the products that are out there for their clients, including more esoteric and non-mainstream products that are not widely covered elsewhere.
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Our aim is to produce a series of reports on specific investment sectors, compiled through the conducting of research and surveys with providers, promoters and practitioners within the alternative investment industry. Greater participation, transparency and disclosure from industry participants should help foster best practice and drive out poor practice.