A cleaner energy future was highlighted in President Obama's inaugural speech and will likely be a key initiative in his second term. What does this mean for the utilities sector? Well, for one, coal could be pushed behind natural gas and renewables from the second-seat position it recently has held to natural gas alone.

This could spell trouble for a couple of companies that are highlighted in the video below.

Motley Fool energy analyst Taylor Muckerman has isolated Atlantic Power (NYSE:AT) a mid-cap utility with operations across 30 locations in the United States and Canada, which exemplifies the characteristics one would look for in a clean energy generator. Check out the video to see how this company stacks up and is moving in an even greener direction for the future.

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