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By Robert Rapier on Jul 5, 2012 with 6 responses

Announcing Energy Trends Insider

Tags: newsletter

Consumer Energy Report covers a wide variety of energy topics, and is targeted at a broad audience. Our columns tend to identify risks and opportunities, but we generally stop short of providing specific financial advice that may be better suited for a narrower subset of our audience.

Of course energy and finance are closely intertwined, so our columns often have financial implications. Over the years we have made a number of accurate projections on various companies or sector trends such as:

  • The direction of ethanol stocks and Pacific Ethanol in particular
  • The prognosis of Xethanol
  • The oil prices over-correction in late 2008, which signaled a buying opportunity
  • Publicly challenging the claims of Range Fuels, which subsequently went out of business
  • Concluding that KiOR was overvalued by at least a factor of 2 before its subsequent 60% decline in share price

We have received feedback from investors and brokerage houses that profited from those projections. Numerous investors utilize our columns to make investment decisions because of our track record in predicting trends in the energy markets.

After receiving much correspondence, and at the behest of many of our regular readers, we’ve decided to roll out a new product to accommodate the needs and requests of our audience.

Today we announce the launch of our subscriber-only free weekly newsletter, Energy Trends Insider (ETI). ETI is targeted specifically at those looking for financial and technical advice in the energy sector — and will be in addition to our regular weekly columns. Each week we will focus on market trends, and at times we may highlight specific stocks of interest. ETI is written by veteran energy analysts and insiders with a long track record of making accurate calls on energy sector trends. I (Robert Rapier) will serve as the newsletter’s editor and will contribute my thoughts each week on topics such as:

  • Projected trends in energy prices
  • Opportunities that arise from developments impacting the energy sector
  • How to profit from the shale gas boom
  • Weekly developments in energy
  • New technologies
  • Due diligence and investigating company claims

The first issue will be e-mailed to subscribers in the middle of next week, so be sure to register your free subscription beforehand.


  1. By Carbonbridge on July 5, 2012 at 12:05 pm

    We were the first to publicly question the viability of the claims of Range Fuels. Despite public posturing that everything was OK, the company went bankrupt within a year of our initial report.


    Meltdown?  Layoff of employees?  Sellout of project site and tech to another company co-owned by same investor?  YES…

    Bankruptcy?  Find the bankruptcy filing and post it on your site.  I don’t believe that you can/will. 

    The firm held onto its patent filings which had nothing to do with ‘cellulosic ethanol’ in order to market such IP portfolio.


  2. By Robert Rapier on July 5, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Bankruptcy?  Find the bankruptcy filing and post it on your site.  I don’t believe that you can/will. 

    Whether they filed, they are no longer a company. They have ceased to exist. So “bankrupt” is what they are because they ran out of money, whether or not they went through the formal steps of declaring.


    • By Robert Rapier on July 5, 2012 at 3:52 pm

      Mark, to be technically accurate, I will change to “went out of business.”


  3. By Jim Takchess on July 6, 2012 at 7:10 am

    On yesterday’s compute, I heard you on a soundbite on NPR marketplace . It was a pleasant surprise.



  4. By Robert Rapier on July 6, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    On yesterday’s compute, I heard you on a soundbite on NPR marketplace.

    Yeah, a friend of mine told me that he heard that as well. I looked it up last night and listened. I interviewed with them for about 20 minutes and all I heard was like one short statement. That’s how it goes I suppose.



  5. By Jim Takchess on July 6, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Yes. The soundbite was something like: It’s hard to replace the power found in a Drum of Oil. 

    and is was on my commute not my compute. 8) 

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