Don't lose sight of the fact that Germany is part of a huge power share agreement with several neighboring countries. Norway provides excess hydropower, Sweden and France excess nuclear power, Denmark provides excess wind power, etc. and if the conditions are right any country could claim a huge amount of a single days power was renewable for them...for a day anyway. At night there is virtually no solar PV from Germany's massive solar farms and they must use a lot of nuclear power backup. Also, remember that despite the huge investment in solar and wind power, Germany will be benefitting from 6 new coal power plants that are being built to help provide solid, reliable base load power.
There is an excellent review of Germany's power production, import and export info by Fraunhofer (Google) and you can see the contributions by all forms of power and how they inter-relate with each other and other countries. The 75% number above is truly an aberration...not the norm.
3.7% is a prorated value for just 2 months to sync dividends with AVIV. You will get the third month, too. Dividends will then resume for the normal quarterly dividend payout next quarter. No reduction or loss in quarterly dividends will occur as a result.
You may have to replace a DC/AC converter in 10-20 years, but a 10-20 year old PV system should still be putting out 80-90% of its original output. Why would you replace something that is still pumping out 100% clean power? That would not be a very 'green' thing to do. But even if you did, there is a market for used PV panels that would recover some of you initial investment...
California is ideally suited to PV due to its location and overall climate. I expect they will continue to lead the way over the next decades. Residential, big box and parking lot 'rooftops' will be a large portion of non-utility contribution. The residential battery storage could be an interesting technological innovation as well. I am eager to see what kind of pricing Musk offers on this item and how well it is received.
I don't think reposting your 'original replies' or any of your old posts is having any impact, red. It might be displaying an abnormal obsession you have however.
I don't know the actual statistics, but it has been my experience that after a reverse split the stock price often falls several percent for reasons I don't understand. Maybe someone doesn't know or understand what took place and thinks they just had a big run-up in price and sells?
I any case, I would not buy any just yet. Wait for the reverse split and make sure the price is 'stable' before you buy/buy more. I was planning on buying another 5000 shares, but will definitely wait now that I hear of the reverse split plan...
I said the market IS manipulated all the time. You need to learn to read instead of just talk.
When I set a price to sell or buy a stock I am a 'manipulator'. I tell the market exactly the price I am willing to deal at. Exactly the same as you. You are a 'manipulator' in the same way.
You just can't understand it when the stock moves the opposite the way you think it should. You get frustrated. You create strawman arguments. You attack others. You blame others. You create a list of 'bashers'. Simply said, you are paranoid...
Instead, why don't you try to learn more about what you clearly don't know...how a market works. If you don't like what you see maybe you shouldn't be here.
I have news for you red, price manipulation happens every microsecond of every hour of every day the trading houses are open. It's all about what price someone is willing to pay vs. what they are willing to sell. That's it. That's all. There is no conspiracy theory. If you like the offering price you buy. If you don't like it you don't buy. Same for selling.
If you can't handle that perhaps you shouldn't be in the market. Opening your mouth to claim faux mental superiority is just embarrasing for you.
Fuel cells haven't yet been able to get a profitable foothold in the market. Until they do they will always be a traders dream. For you to imply some individuals on this board control the price is nothing but the sheerest of lunacy on your part...
Time to mature as an investor.
Plug will go to 2.00 a share before ballard and dont forget it !
I think that will be a forgettable prediction for you.
I wish I could find a report from some years ago that estimated the surprisingly valuable effect of putting just 1KW of PV on every household roof top regardless of whether the roof top orientation and environment was optimal for panels.
The report was premised by the fact that 1 KW should not in any way stress the existing grid during the daytime hours due to the low contribution per household, but the amount of power generated was substantial and could reduce the fossil fuel generation substantially.
In the past there have been many efforts to 'require' the builders of new homes to add a small amount of PV to every new house, but the pushback was strong...said that it would increase the cost of each house so much that it would shut out new buyers. Of course I think that this is a huge fallacy and would be almost un-noticeable to a thirty year mortgage payment. But I am with you. Solar PV's time has arrived.
As I travel around NC visiting the exploding population of wineries, I am seeing mid-scale (1-2 Megawatt) PV farms tucked away all over the place. NC has a reasonable solar insolation value, but I am afraid that the PV farms situated near the coast are living on borrowed time ie. when the next hurricane breezes through. They just don't look like they could take a 90-120mph windstorm...
In any case I am very pleased to see the penetration of solar PV in NC so far and there are big plans to expand further through 2017. Much better than wind farms IMO.
As a side note we now have 4 Tesla superchargers and 2 80 Amp chargers in the state. Also there are about 120 public and private other EV plug power stations in the state. NC may not be California, but there is definitely a major push to electrify here.
The US is back up against a debt limit. Last time the media made a big story of it was at 16.2 trillion. The last administration negotiations were to allow the debt to rise without limit until now. Now we are at 18.1 trillion...
Another 1.9 TRILLION dollars!
This is a huge disaster in the making. We are already finding it near impossible to sell more debt to sovereign nations and the FED has been forced to be the buyer of last resort. They accumulated the bulk of the last 4 trillion dollars of our nations debt that was 'sold'. But even they dramatically slowed their buying in hopes that the growing economy would increase tax receipts enough to let the government continue its free-spending ways. While the annual deficit has been cut from a peak of about 1 trillion per year down to under 500 billion per year to date, the nations debt continues to increase at ~$10,000 dollars per second. The big question is how long will this recovery last before we go into the next recession...
The more time that passes the more articles come out regarding the world-wide utility of using natural gas as a replacement fuel for coal and nuclear as time passes. We can see that some countries (eg. Russia) are using NG as a tool to influence supply and demand and leverage politics. We see some countries looking to switch away from Nuclear entirely (Japan). We see some countries needing to find alternative fuels once the crude runs out (Middle East).
It seems that the demand for NG and NGL is rapidly increasing. It seems as though the production of NG/NGL is rapidly increasing. And it seems, logically to me anyway, that there will need to be a large increase in the number of ships and port facilities to handle the increase in supply. NG also has the obvious potential of being a source of hydrogen for the FC industry.
Does anyone not see that this should benefit the carriers like TGP? I am looking to add to this sector's holdings and think it would almost be a no brainer going forward.
Actually, several people have tracked his in/out recommendations and he is wrong about 50-55% of the time.
It's interesting that this 'sequence of events' has happened before in the more first world countries and continues to happen to every developing country eventually. You just hit your Industrial Age, money is being made, people get employed at better wages than ever before, life gets good for many, new goods and services are flourishing... But no-one seems to get ahead of the curve on pollution or pollution control even though the growing problems are right in front of your face and there is money and taxes to do something about it. So you grow for about 50-100 years polluting the water and the air until you get to the point that the pollution is so bad that society is forced to deal with it or suffer badly. Only then do you see the need for regulation.
This pattern shows up in almost every country, but almost no heed is taken to avoid it. We certainly saw the same scenario unfold in China didn't we? China even had access to the technologies and money necessary to mitigate their pollution the last 30 years, but failed to act. Even the USA didn't get hold of the problem until the mid 1960's. But 50 years later we have cut harmful emissions back (or properly captured them) by almost 95%. One can hope that the countries following us (and Europe and Japan) can recognize and act in a much shorter time period than we all did...
'no doubt that Ballard is poised for solid financial improvement now that Qx has been logged and done with.'
We have heard that hopeful comment for over ten years now. It has never been 'solid financial improvement' but only marginal financial improvement every quarter. Of course we can always hope this year will be different. It is cool that we don't use dirty oil products to fuel our motorcycles, though.
I hope there is no evidence of Merrill shorting TSLA heavily a short time ago and then trying to influence a numbers of shares to be sold with this new recommendation...
I know this kind of manipulation isn't 'supposed' to be allowed, but how can it be effectively stopped in practice?
in a situation with such an important commodity to a country like oil, a case can be made to temporarily sacrifice your own well being to take advantage of purchasing that commodity from someone else that is willing to sell it cheaply...while preserving your own assets. After all, they will send their precious commodity to us while we give them paper in return. At some point in the future when the situation reverses itself, we will be glad we didn't use ours up and only suffered some short term pain in the local industry. So we may actually be 'protecting our oil industry' by not sacrificing its holdings any more than necessary.
Granted this is not the best way to deal with a problem, but in the meantime we should be looking for a substitute for oil so that we don't have to endure these choices again and again...