A Look at Ethanol as a Solution for Helping to Reduce Our Oil Dependency

RenewableEnergyStocks.com' Presents 'The Insiders Corner' by Michael Brush, Weekly Financial Columnist "A Natural Hedge Against the High Cost of Filling Your Tank"

Clean Energy Spotlight - A Look at Ethanol as a Solution for Helping to Reduce Our Oil Dependency

RenewableEnergyStocks.com' Presents 'The Insiders Corner' by Michael Brush, Weekly Financial Columnist "A Natural Hedge Against the High Cost of Filling Your Tank"
POINT ROBERTS, WA, May 4th, 2006 - www.RenewableEnergyStocks.com (RES), an investor and industry news portal for the renewable and clean energy sector, is pleased to present The Insiders Corner written by Michael Brush, Weekly CNBC and MSN Money Columnist, on the momentum and opportunities that surround Ethanol as a potential solution to the nation's dependency on foreign oil and need for cleaner fuels. The column highlights insider buying activity by Green Plains Renewable Energy (NASDAQ:GPRE), a company that plans on building ethanol plants in the Iowa area. While Brush acknowledges that predicting the profitability of ethanol production is not an easy task, he continues to see upside potential in this fuel alternative.
Column Excerpt: "A Natural Hedge Against the High Cost of Filling Your Tank"
Michael Brush
May 2006
Since I wrote a column on ethanol a month ago (http://moneycentral.msn.com/content/P148882.asp), ethanol stocks haven't looked back. They've continued a sharp ascent that began early this year when President George Bush touted ethanol as a way to reduce our oil dependency.
These kinds of moves have many investors wondering, is it too late to buy?
We got an answer of sorts last week when an insider at Green Plains Renewable Energy (NASDAQ:GPRE), bought shares of his company - which is building ethanol plants. It wasn't a huge purchase. The Great Plains director bought $63,000 worth at $42.17.
The bottom line: Ethanol has been used as a fuel for cars since the days of Henry Ford, but it is still an "emerging" energy source, at least in North America. On top of that, Great Plains is an "emerging" company - having just come public a few months ago. These factors make Great Plains a risky play. On the other hand, it looks to me like ethanol is going to play a big role in solving our energy problems - even if a lot of people don't realize it yet. So I'd buy Great Plains right here as a play on that trend. Just watch your position size and be prepared for some volatility.
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