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.
Exelon is a mega-utility with the greenest portfolio in its class:
As the nation moves increasingly toward clean energy, one company in this space that is perfectly positioned to capitalize on having the largest nuclear fleet in North America is Exelon. This strength combined with an increased focus on renewable energy, along with its recent merger with Constellation, puts Exelon and its best-in-class dividend on a short list of top utilities. To determine if Exelon is a good long-term fit for your portfolio, you're invited to check out The Motley Fool's premium research report on the company. Simply click here now for instant access.