15 June 2008

Clean Tech: Wind Energy ETFs Will Soon Offer Investors Opportunities to Tilt at Windmills

Tate Dwinnell at Self Investors, LLC, reported last week both PowerShares and First Trust Advisors have filed docs with the SEC to provide Wind Energy ETFs (exchange traded funds):

"The PowerShares Global Wind Energy ETF requires a minimum market cap of 200 million and will likely include some or all of the big wind players such as Vestas Wind Systems (Denmark), Clipper Steam Turbine (China), Gas Turbine Efficiency (Sweden), Gamesa Corp Technologica (Spain), Windflow Technology (New Zealand) or Wind Energy America of Eden (US).

"The First Trust ISE Global Wind Energy ETF will be made up of 2/3 pure plays and 1/3 of companies with a portion of their sales from wind and include companies of all sizes. Countries with the most installed capacity of wind power include Germany, US, Spain, India and China with China leading the growth by tripling its capacity in 2007 over 2006. Some expect China to be the leader in wind power generation in just a few years.

"Currently, the best way to play wind with a diversified strategy is through the Market Vectors Global Alternative Energy ETF (GEX) which lists Vestas Wind Systems (Denmark) as it's largest holding at just under 13% of the fund."

This is good news for investors looking for a way to ride the wind wave. Currently, large-scale wind is one of the most viable alternative energy solutions and is on a par with new coal generation capacity in terms of costs.