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June 04, 2012 08:20 ET

Renewable Energy Affected by Cheap Natural Gas Prices

Five Star Equities Provides Stock Research on American Superconductor and Broadwind Energy

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Jun 4, 2012) - Clean energy stocks have struggled recently as concerns about a loss of subsidies and tax credits have led to growth concerns. The PowerShares Wilderhill Clean Energy Portfolio (PBW) is down more than 17 percent over the last month. Cheap natural gas prices in 2012 have recently become a nuisance to the renewable energy industry. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Renewable Energy Industry and provides equity research on American Superconductor Corporation (NASDAQ: AMSC) and Broadwind Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: BWEN).

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The emergence of "fracking" has led to abundant supplies and low prices for natural gas. This has put pressure on the renewable energy industry which by comparison is more costly. When burnt, natural gas produces roughly 50 percent of the carbon emissions of coal. "Renewable energy may be the victim of cheap gas prices if governments do not stick to their renewable support schemes," said Fatih Birol, chief economist for the IEA.

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AMSC generates the ideas, technologies and solutions that meet the world's demand for smarter, cleaner... better energy. Through its Windtec Solutions, AMSC enables manufacturers to launch best-in-class wind turbines quickly, effectively and profitably. Through its Gridtec Solutions, AMSC provides the engineering planning services and advanced grid systems that optimize network reliability, efficiency and performance.

Broadwind Energy applies decades of deep industrial expertise to innovate integrated solutions for customers in the energy and infrastructure markets. The company reported sales of $54.4 million for the first quarter of 2012, a 25 percent increase compared to $43.5 million in the first quarter of 2011.

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