Aspire Week in Review – Week Ended April 3, 2009

Apr 05, 2009
Author: Administrator

The alt energyand clean tech sector had a pretty solid week, with the biofuels, energymanagement, energy storage, solar equipment/supplies and wind groupsoutperforming all of the indices (DJIA up 3%, Nasdaq up 7% and S&P 500 up4%), and the other groups keeping pace. The only disappointment was theupstream solar group, which continues to be under pressure due to slipping polyprices and also hurt by an announcement about halted production at its MosesLake facility from REC (REC closed down 11% on the week).

  • Biofuels Group - up 8% on the week, and down 18% year-to-date,
  • Energy Management Group - up 11% on the week, and up 24% year-to-date,
  • Energy Storage Group - up 9% on the week, and up 10% year-to-date,
  • Geothermal Group - up 5% on the week, and up 14% year-to-date,
  • Upstream Solar Group - down 1% on the week and down 7% year-to-date,
  • Midstream Solar Group - up 5% on the week and down 9% year-to-date,
  • Downstream Solar Group - down 3% on the week and down 9% year-to-date,
  • Solar Equipment/Supplies Group - up 9% on the week, and up 20% year-to-date,
  • Water Treatment and Infrastructure Group - up 6% on the week and down 7% year-to-date, and the
  • Wind Group - up 7% on the week, down 3% year-to-date.

In terms of anecdotal evidence that the alt energy and clean tech sector hasn'tbeen immune to the global economic crisis, New Energy Finance reported thisweek that global investment in alternative energy fell by 53% in Q1 to $13.3billion from $28.3 billion in the prior year period. VC and private-equityfunding fell 22% from the previous quarter to $1.8 billion.

And with projectfinancing continuing to be an issue holding back residential projects, a brightspot has been the utility sector. We continue to see an increasing amount ofactivity in the utility sector with announced alternative energy purchases andprojects. This week the Tennessee Valley Authority agreed to buy up to 2,000MWof electricity from alternative energy sources by 2011.




We have alsoseen an increase in rhetoric coming from the right that we can't possibly hopeto realistically achieve our energy independence goals in a timely and costeffective manner while shelving nuclear projects. It is interesting to notethat the amount of alternative energy begin committed to by the TVA is quite abit more than the second 1,200MW reactor at the Watts Bar nuclear station whichis being valued at $2.5 billion and scheduled for completion by 2013.

Biofuels and Biomass

TheInternational Air Transportation Association said this week that airlines maywin approval to start using biofuels by 2010, and that commercially viablesolutions using biofuel may be available within five years.

Acciona (ANA.MC)opened a new biodiesel plant in Spain which will produce 200,000 tons per year.The facility cost €25 million ($33 million).

FirstEnergy Corp. is goingto spend $200 million to convert units at its R.E. Burger plant to burnbiomass. The transition is expected to be complete by 2013. The plan is beingdriven by the courts, which ruled in 2005 that FirstEnergy needs to reducepollution from its power plants.

Shell saidbiofuels may account for as much a 7% to 10% of the world's transport fuel mixin the next few decades, with expectations of commercial volumes of nextgeneration biofuels on the market in the next 5 to 10 years.

Verenium(Nasdaq:VRNM) said it is reorganizing its R&D unit, consolidating itsdemonstration-scale plant in Jennings in the process.

In Thailand,Sumatec Resources Bhd. Won a $70.6 million contract to build a bio-ethanolplant.

Going, Going....

Nova Biosourcefiled for Chapter 11 protection. The stock was suspended from trading anddelisted from the NYSE Amex.

Pacific Ethanol(Nasdaq:PEIX) reported this week that it may not be able to continue past April30 without renegotiating its debts or finding new sources of cash. It is indefault on $250 million in loans.

Tate & Lylesaid it is laying off another 56 employees at its unfinished ethanol plant inFort Dodge.

Verasun closed on the saleof five ethanol plants and a development site to Valero Energy. The facilitieswill be grouped under a subsidiary, Valero Renewable Fuels.


According toDatagro, the estimated proportion of flex-fuel feet, which uses hydrous ethanolwas 78.1% in January, 2009.

In Brazil, autosales increased by 17% in March, driven by tax cuts and lower interest rates.In February, Volkswagen ranked number 1, in wholesales, responsible for 29.7%or 47.3 thousand flex-fuel cars sold, with Fiat trailing in number 2 at 29% ofthe market.  In January and February,Fiat led, with 90.5 thousand units sold, representing 29.1% of the market.

Datagro reportedthat ethanol prices in Sao Paulo trended to the lowest levels since October2007. Between March 23 and March 27, a liter of anhydrous averaged R$ 0.6809 (netof taxes) posting the seventh consecutive weekly drop. Hydrous ethanol had aneighth consecutive fall, negotiated at an average of R$ 0.5926 (net of taxes),compared to R$ 0.6396 the prior week. Prices have been pushed down by sellingpressure coming from cash-strapped plants.

Fuel prices atthe consumer level fell between March 22 and March 28, with a liter of ethanolsold at R$ 1.508, down $0.59 on a week-over-week basis. The ethanol/gasolineration in Brazil for the same period was 60.22%.

Carbon, Clean Tech and Climate Change

The EPA said the US andCanada have applied to the international Maritime Organization to create a230-mile emissions control area around much of their respective coastlines. Accordingto EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, about 40 of the 100 largest US ports arelocated in metropolitan areas that fail to meet federal air quality standards.

Energy Secretarysaid on Monday that the FutureGen project, which would burn coal but storeemissions of GHGs underground, has merit. The project would be pursued at acoal plant in central Illinois at a cost of about $1.8 billion.

Also on Mondayat the Platts 2009 Wind Power Development Conference, FERC commissioner PhilipMoeller reiterated what has become conventional wisdom in the industry, that ifCongress attempts to attach transmission siting and a cap-and-trade program,with a national renewable portfolio standard into one piece of legislation, itwill prolong the debate and passage of a cap-and-trade program. It would alsoinvariably prolong the passage of a national RPS.

At the G-20meeting, the Task Force on Low-Carbon Economic Prosperity, which consists ofthe heads of 52 companies including banks, airlines, utilities, oil companiesand auto manufacturers made a pitch for governments to commit 20% of theirstimulus measures to low carbon growth.

A deadline washit on Wednesday for California service stations to install gasoline pumps thatreduce air pollution. The requirement is expected to cut emissions by 40%.

In the EU, theEU's top IT official said IT and telco firms should reduce GHGs by one-fifth by2020. The industry is responsible for about 2% of all EU CO2 emissions. Also,the International Air Transport Association announced a plan for planes toreduce GHG emissions. By 2013, about 100 airports in Europe will allow planesto descend all the way from cruising altitude to the runway in one smoothglide, savings about 992 pounds of CO2 per landing. In addition,fuel-efficiency measures are expected to cut emissions by another 1.8%,resulting in a total reduction of 10 million tons of CO2 per year.




Electric Vehicles, Hybrids and PHEVs


General Motors increased itsrequest for loans from the government's federal energy program by $2.6 billionto $10.3 billion to help build three fuel-efficient vehicles. Two of thevehicles will be modeled on the Chevy Volt.

MitsubishiMotors said it is increasing production of its planned electric vehicle (the IMiEV) in 2010 from 4,000 to 5,000 units after orders for the first 2,000 werefilled so quickly. Mitsubishi will sell the I MiEV in Europe through Peugeotand will sell to individual consumers in Japan in 2011.

Proton andDetroit Electric signed a $555 million deal to make electric cards by earlynext year.

Japan isreportedly considering subsidies on hybrid and EV purchases, offering up to¥200,000 ($1,994) to buyers of the vehicles that satisfy certain emissionstandards (and ¥300,000 if they switch from a car that has been used for morethan 13 years. The subsidy is expected to be in place before this summer andremain in place until March 2010.

Ireland's EnergyMinister, Eamon Ryan, said the country intends to have 10% of its vehicle fleetelectric by 2010, targeting about 230,000 or so vehicles on Irish roads by2020. Renault and Nissan are reportedly aiming to be the first mass marketentrants into the field.


Energy Efficiency, Management and the Smart Grid

AmericanSuperconductor (Nasdaq:AMSC) got an order from Shanghai Electric Cable ResearchInstitute for its high temperature superconductor wire. Financial terms weren'tdisclosed.

Energy Storage

SouthCarolina's first hydrogen fueling stations opened in Aiken and Columbia thisweek.


Axion PowerInternational (AXPW.OB) reported FY08 revenue of $679,559, compared with$533,911 for FY07, with a net loss of $10.6 million, or $0.46 per share,compared to a loss of $14.3 million, or $0.88 per share in the prior year. Thecompany is developing batteries which it hopes to market to the EV and PHEVmarkets.


No significantnews this week to speak of.


TheFederal Energy Regulatory Commission approved PPL Montana's plan to build a new58.95-MW Rainbow hydroelectric plant on the Missouri River as part of the327.85-MW Missouri-Madison project.




Thissequence isn't directly correlated to powering our homes, cars orbusinesses, but we just had to insert it. You can see why. It was forwarded tous by Eric Akiskalian, who runs the big wave tow-in series.


Hoku (Nasdaq:HOKU) andSolarfun Power (Nasdaq:SOLF) agreed to amend prepayment and shipping schedulesof their supply agreement, to spread the $18 million prepayment in installmentsfrom March to October 2009 and reschedules the $5 million payment for January2010. Solarfun will extend the date in which Hoku is obligated to beginshipments to March 2010, with the right to terminate the agreement if Hokuhasn't started shipping by June 30, 2010. Hoku will have the right to terminatethe agreement and retain all prepayments if Solarfun doesn't pay any of itsfuture prepayments when due.

It also enteredinto a change order agreement under its cost plus incentive contract with JH Kellyfor completion of its poly production plant in Pocatello, Idaho Under thechange the $5 million bonus payments for achievement of specified schedule,budget and safety goals will be shifted to include reactor demonstration inQ209, partial commercial operation in the second half of 2009, and fullcommercial operation in the first half of 2010.

Pacific Crest'sMark Bachman noted that with First Solar's (Nasdaq:FSLR) closing on itsacquisition of Optisolar's project pipeline this week, he expects First Solarto announce additional investments in manufacturing capacity. Bachman estimatesthat the First Solar's 2010 contract now exceed manufacturing capacity by41MWdc.

Renewable EnergyCorp (REC.OL) shut down production at its Moses Lake plant, which has productiontargets for this year of 10,000 to 11,000 metric tons, on "safety measures".The duration of the halt hasn't been disclosed. On Friday, it reported cuttingQ2 solar cell and module production by close to 50%, noting that its outputreduction was caused by inventory build-ups and weak markets, and that itdoesn't expect changes in production volumes for Q3 and Q4.

Downstream &Equipment

Akeena Solar(Nasdaq:AKNS) said it will be the exclusive supplier for two-years to MS SolarSolutions Group, a subsidiary of Morgan Stanley's Commodities group onlow-income household projects, and MS Solar will also have the option topurchase Akeena's Andalay AC panels for their sales efforts to large tract homeowners.

Arizona Statededicated five new solar installations that collectively add 1.88MW ofelectricity.

  • Tyler Street Parking Structure: 30 kilowatts; thin film system by Unisolar; owned/operated by ASU.
  • Apache Parking Structure: 880 kilowatts; single axis tracking polycrystalline panels by Suntech; owned/operated by Sun Devil Solar LLC.
  • Stadium Parking Structure: 711 kilowatts; single axis tracking polycrystalline panels by Suntech; owned/operated by Sun Devil Solar LLC.
  • Biodesign A and B Rooftops: 150 kilowatts; fixed polycrystalline array system by Kyocera; owned/operated by ASU.
  • Coor Hall: 108 kilowatts; fixed thin film by First Solar, owned/operated by Sun Devil Solar LLC.

Entech Solar(ENSL.OB), said it is suspending manufacturing operations for its concentratingsolar systems and will focus all resources on accelerating the development andcommercialization of its "next generation solar products".

enXco dedicatedthe 1.8MW Hall's Warehouse Corp solar project, bringing the total solar energygeneration at Hall's to 3.2MW (DC). The roof top array consists of 20,184 FirstSolar (Nasdaq:FSLR) panels, and 2,190 UNI-SOLAR (Nasdaq:ENER) laminates. enXcowill own and operate the system, supplying the output to Hall's under a PPA.Vanguard Energy Partners was the installer.

SunEdison andProgress Energy have activated a 1.2MW solar system in North Carolina. ProgressEnergy is buying electricity from the system under a 20-year PPA.

SunPower(Nasdaq:SPWRA) said it has installed 2MW of solar power systems at five JCPenney stores in New Jersey, which range in size from 259 to 602kw. Each NJsystem is owned and operated by Integrys Energy Services under a SunPower PPA. Alsothis week, SunPower and Inland Empire Utilities Agency dedicated a 3.5MW solarsystem at four IEUA facilities in China, Ontario, and Rancho Cucamonga,California. IEUA financed the project through Morgan Stanley under the SunPowerAccessTM PPA program.


Ersol (ES86.DE)confirmed provisional revenues for 2008 at €309.6 million, up 93.3% on a Y/Ybasis, with EBIT at €70.7 million, a Y/Y increase of 216.4%, EBIT margins of22.8%, up from 13.9% in 2007 and EBIT of €65.1 million, up 385.1% Y/Y. Earningsper share were €4.39, compared with €0.85 in 2007. Nominal capacity in the wafer segment increased as planned from120MWp to 180MWp by the end of 2008, and management expects to further expandcapacity to 280MWp by the end of 2009. 

Premier Power(PPRW.OB) reported FY08 revenue of $44.2 million, up 165% on a Y/Y basis, withgross margins of 12.5%, compared to 25.4% in the prior year, and net income of$569 thousand, compared with $843 thousand in 2007.

Solon AG(SOOG.DE) said it expects to see moderate sales growth in 2009 with net incomerising less than revenues, with management noting that Q1 has been worse thanexpected.

Spire(Nasdaq:SPIR) reported revenues for the Q4 of $19.7 million, up 69% Y/Y, andnet income of $5.1 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, compared to a net lossof $1.1 million, or $0.13 per diluted share in the Q4 of 2007. For the year,Spire reported an 85% Y/Y increase in revenue of $68.7 million, and net incomeof $4.8 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, compared with a net loss of $1.9million, or $0.23 per diluted share in 2007.


The New YorkRegional Interconnect dropped plans to build a 190-mile power line to carrypower from alternative energy sources to upstate New York, citing a ruling madeby FERC which would require the project to be subject to a cost-benefitanalysis and receive the support of 80% of the beneficiary. The group said thedecision would give its main competitor, Con Edison, the power to approve orblock the project.

Upper MidwestUtilities have identified transmission upgrades that need to happen in theregion's transmission system to ensure they can deliver renewable energynecessary to meet Minnesota's renewable energy milestones that begin in 2016. Anupgraded 125-mile line would cost about $350 million, with another $110 millionfor additional underlying systems improvements.


Duke Energy said it is planning a another wind project in Cheyenne, Wyoming -the 42WM Silver Sage Windpower Project which will consist of 20 Suzlon 2.1MWwind turbines. Construction is expected to begin this spring with a 2009year-end completion goal. It has signed 20-year PPA agreements with tworegional utilities.

Enerjisa andVerbund are building a wind facility in a venture with Siemens AG in Turkeythat will have 30MW capacity. It is expected to go online in 2010.

GE is supplying74 turbines for a facility Invenergy Wind is developing in Illinois.

N-Vision isplanning on investing up to €300 million ($400.4 million) to build two windenergy facilities in Bulgaria that will have a total capacity of up to 241MWand are expected to be operational by 2011.

Siemens AG hasreceived a €450 million ($595 million) to supply 88 turbines to StatoilHydroand Statkraft for the Sheringham Shoal offshore project off the coast ofEngland. When complete the project will have capacity to produce 315MW ofenergy. Siemens was also awarded a 5-year service project that can be extendedup to 11 years.

Vestas (VWS.DE)won an order to supply 76 3MW V90 turbines to EDP Renovaveis SA in Romania.

The EuropeanParliament's energy committee agreed to dedicate €565 million, of a €5 billionEconomic Recovery Plan to offshore wind projects.

State and Federal Driven News

In the Senate

Chairman Waxman of the Energy and Commerce Committee and ChairmanMarket of the Energy and Environment Subcommittee released a draft copy of theAmerican Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 (ACES) which is an ambitiouspiece of legislation (it contains four titles and is almost 700 pages long, notto mention the targets and goals it sets) that will no doubt be heavilyscrutinized by the GOP.

For a complete read on the draft clickhere. The Energy and Commerce Committee will complete consideration of thelegislation by Memorial Day.

Senator Shelbywrote an editorialthis week, and has been speaking out to the same effect that a national renewableportfolio standard is a bad policy to compel many states to abide by since insome states, like Alabama, he says, "No matter how hard the federal governmenttries, it cannot make the sun shine or wind blow." He points out that Alabama,and many other states, have a "natural inability" to meet thegovernment-imposed mandates of RES, and that states failing to meet thosestandards would be fined by the government, as well they would be faced withhigher electricity charges.

We don't buy it,but appreciate Shelby's creativity in resisting the trend and sticking to hisfossil fuel guns. We would, however, point Shelby to the USDepartment of Energy's own assessment of alternative energy resources inAlabama, where, if he took the time, he would find that Alabama has excellentbiomass resource potential, ample geothermal resources, a good hydropowerresource, and solar resources as good as New Jersey (and we have seen New Jerseytake a leadership role in deploying solar in the state).  Admittedly, Alabama doesn't look likeit will ever be the wind capital, but then you can't have everything.

SenatorsKlobuchar and Snowe introduced S. 826. A bill topromote renewable energy, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Finance.

SenatorsHarkin, Thune and Johnson introduced  S. 828. A bill to amend the EnergyPolicy Act of 2005 to provide loan guarantees for projects to constructrenewable fuel pipelines, and for other purposes; to the Committee on Energyand Natural Resources.

Inthe House

House Energy andCommerce Committee Chairman Henry Waxman is pushinglegislation in the House to bring the US into a global effort to reduceGHGs, as well as to create jobs. The legislation would establish a newcap-and-trade framework designed to target limiting emissions more so than theClean Air Act proposes. Using 2005 as a base year, US carbon emissions wouldhave to be reduced by 20% by 2020, 42% by 2030 and 83% by 2050. The GOP isopposing the legislation arguing that it is too costly in the current economicenvironment.

State Level

California'sSenate approved Senate Bill 14, which requires energy providers to buy 33% oftheir energy from alternative energy sources by 2020. Current law requires thatinvestor owned utilities procure 20% of their renewable sources by December 31,2010, capping the amount that the Public Utilities Commission may orderutilities to buy or build at 20%. The new bill removes the cap.

New JerseyGovernor Jon Corzine signed three key pieces of legislation into law this weekthat will drive alternative energy: S-1299/A2550,permits the location of certain wind and solar energy generating facilities inareas zoned for industrial use. The bill stipulates that any lot which is atleast 20 contiguous acres, owned by a single person or entity, and zoned forindustrial use would fall under the provisions of this bill. Senator Smith, whosponsored the legislation, noted that the intent of the legislation is tosupersede local zoning ordinances, which can sometimes be guided by a NIMBY(Not-In-My-Back-Yard) mentality, prohibiting development without regard to thepublic benefits of the project.

Thesecond bill in the package, S-2265/A1558, requires a developer of newresidential development of 25 or more dwelling units to offer to install asolar energy system when a prospective owner enters into negotiations with thedeveloper to purchase a dwelling unit. Under the bill, developers will berequired to disclose in advertizing that a prospective owner may have a solarenergy system installed in any unit; the total cost of installation; and acomprehensive information packet on solar energy systems.

Afinal bill in the package, S-1932, sponsored by Senators Teresa Ruiz, D-Essexand Passaic, and Bob Gordon, D-Bergen, authorizes the BPU to use revenue fromthe existing retail margin charge levied against large industrial or commercialenergy consumers to fund grants for projects designed to lower energy usage andreduce energy cost by those consumers. Specifically, the grant program willapply to projects which promote combined heat and power co-generation, to tapthe heat produced from electrical generation to offset other utility bills.

Nevada's Energy,Infrastructure and Transportation Committee voted unanimously for SB152 whichuses federal stimulus funds to train people for working in the renewable energyindustry, fund weatherization of about 6,500 homes and upgrades governmentbuildings and schools to make them more efficient. Legislatures still need todetermine how much of the approximately $1.5 billion in federal stimulus moneyallocated to Nevada can be spent on the initiative. The bill is moving to thefull Senate for approval of amendments.

Nevada GovernorJim Gibbon told the Senate Energy, Infrastructure and Transportation Committeethat SB395 would help make the state energy independent by 2020. Amongst otherthings, the bill requires energy efficiency in government operations, restrictsconstruction of new power if its emits GHGs, requires that at least 25% ofelectricity sold to consumers by energy companies be from renewable sources by2025, shortens permit times for certain renewable energy project and requirescar dealers to disclose the amount of CO2 starting with 2012 models.

In Oregon, theSenate voted Monday to ban dishwasher detergents with high amounts ofphosphorus.

In WestVirginia, lawmakers have added nuclear energy under the definition of"alternative energy" while excluding corn-based ethanol on the basis thatcorn-ethanol isn't all that green. We agree that corn-ethanol has its issues,but then, so does nuclear. A bill being considered in West Virginia would requirethe state to get 25% of its electricity from renewable and alternative sourcesby 2025. At present, there are no operating nuclear power reactors in WestVirginia.

Finance & M&A

Showa Shell, adivision of Royal Dutch Shell, is reportedly interested in buying HitachiLimited's television plant in southern Japan to build its third solar panelproduction plant. The plant is estimated to cost ¥100 billion ($1 billion) andwould start operating in 2011. Showa already has two solar panel plantfactories with a combined production capacity of 80MW. The third plant wouldhave capacity of 1,000MW.

New GenerationBiofuels (Nasdaq:NGBF) raised $1.64 million in a second round of its March 2009PPM, issuing 2,050,000 shares at $0.80 per share. The lead investor in thesecond round was 2020 Energy LLC. In total, the company has raised $3.17million in March.

Aqua America(NYSE:WTR) said its subsidiary, Aqua Pennsylvania has acquired the assets ofW.P. Water Company and W.P. Sanitary Company in a transaction valued at$185,000.

Ocean Power(Nasdaq:OPTT) received $1.1 million in funding for its project with the Navy todemonstrate its PowerBuoy® system off the coast of Oahu.

First Solar(Nasdaq:FSLR) completed its acquisition of Optisolar's project pipeline in a transactionvalued at $400 million, resulting in the issuance of about 3 million shares ofstock, and a dilution factor of about 3.5% - significantly less diluted thanexpected when the company made the announcement back in early March when thestock was trading below $110.

Upgrades & Downgrades

March 30 - GTSolar (Nasdaq:SOLR) rated BUY at Kaufman with a $9 price target. Kaufman hadpreviously rated SOLR at BUY with a $7 price target.

March 30 - GTSolar (Nasdaq:SOLR) rated HOLD at Wunderlich with a $5.50 price target.

April 1 -PowerSecure (Nasdaq:POWR) rated MARKET OUTPERFORM at Rodman & Renshaw witha $6.50 price target.

April 1 - Spire(Nasdaq:SPIR) rated HOLD at Ardour Capital with a $4 price target. Ardour hadpreviously rated SPIR at HOLD with a $3 price target (11/26/08).

April 2 -EnerNOC (Nasdaq:ENOC) rated MARKET OUTPERFORM at JMP Securities with a pricetarget of $18. JMP had previously rated EnerNOC at BUY with a $16 price target(11/11/08), and a $35 price target (2/28/08).

April 3 - EvergreenSolar (Nasdaq:ESLR) rated SELL at Canaccord Adams.

April 3 -SunPower (Nasdaq:SPWRA) rated HOLD at Canaccord Adams.

April 3 - Ormat(NYSE:ORA) rated BUY at Jeffries with a price target of $33.

April 3 -A-Power (Nasdaq:APWR) rated HOLD at Roth Capital with a price target of $5. Rothhad previously rated APWR at HOLD with a $6 price target (1/12/09), a $7 pricetarget (12/29/08), a $10 price target (11/20/08), and at a BUY with a $35 pricetarget (8/26/08) and a $30 price target (6/10/08). 



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