NRG Energy Could Be Onto Something Big With This $1 Billion Investment

By investing in carbon capture technology at one of its coal plants, NRG Energy could be doing more than just extending the life of coal generation.

Jul 17, 2014 at 9:07AM

NRG Energy (NYSE:NRG) could save the coal industry single-handedly in the United States, and in more ways than one. The company is looking to invest $1 billion in carbon capture technology that -- if economical -- could extend the life of carbon belching coal plants across the US. Considering the costs that Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) and Southern Company (NYSE:SO) have incurred with their cleaner coal alternatives, this experiment at NRG could be the last gasp hope for coal-fired generation plants.

What makes this experiment so intriguing isn't that it will simply remove carbon emissions from coal plants, but it will turn it into an industrial grade gas to serve an extremely constrained market. Find out how captured carbon could be a savior for both coal and oil and gas specialists such has Denbury Resources (NYSE: DNR) by tuning into the video below. 

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

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