Until now, many Americans have taken cheap electricity for granted.
Why wouldn’t they?
During the past decade, the U.S. became the world’s largest producer of oil and natural gas.
And what the U.S. needed beyond its own production could be bought from other countries.
This made access to fossil fuels nearly guaranteed.
That’s quickly changing.
The current administration’s energy policies have discouraged the production of fossil fuels.
The United States’s title as “lead producer” may be gone soon.
But over the long run, this will turn out to be a non-issue.
That’s because the U.S. is making a major shift to clean energy.
Our Need for Energy Independence Has Become Clear
According to BloombergNEF, the U.S. has already invested $750 billion on clean energy since 2010.
But since clean energy only accounts for about 40% of electricity, the transition still has a long way to go.
To meet our needs in the near future, the U.S. will have to buy more fossil fuels from other countries.
That scenario is becoming more problematic each day.
Global tensions with Russia have disrupted the energy market. This has made fossil fuels much more expensive.
Even if the tensions prove to be short lived, the U.S.’s need for energy independence has become clear.
And keep in mind that we’re pushing for net-zero emissions. So that will only be possible with clean energy sources.
This creates a HUGE investment opportunity.
The World’s Most Reliable Energy Source
Investors have primarily focused on renewable energy and for good reason.
According to the Energy Information Administration, they account for 20% of electricity generation. This is expected to reach up to 35% by 2030.
But some investors are overlooking another key energy source: nuclear power.
Nuclear energy isn’t a new concept, and it’s not renewable.
But it’s a low-carbon energy source that already accounts for 19% of U.S. electricity.
And nuclear may be more important to energy independence than investors realize.
For starters, it will help the U.S. reach its goal of net-zero by 2050.
When you consider manufacturing, nuclear is actually three times cleaner than solar and about as clean as wind.
(Source: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.)
Nuclear is also the world’s most reliable energy source.
It has the highest capacity factor. That means it produces maximum power more frequently than other sources.
And the comparison isn’t even close.
The low capacity factor of solar and wind make them heavily reliant on battery storage.
After all, the wind doesn’t blow and the sun doesn’t shine all of the time. So the energy has to be stored.
Battery storage is expected to grow 30X by 2035. But there still won’t be enough to service all of the world’s energy needs.
This makes nuclear vital to the clean energy transition.
Investors Are Already Bidding Up Nuclear Stocks
One issue for nuclear power is its cost.
It’s not the cheapest source of electricity. But it’s cost competitive.
As of 2020, projections had nuclear at about the same cost as natural gas. And it costs less than coal and offshore wind.
But nuclear is now cheaper than all fossil fuels, since the cost of natural gas has more than doubled since the report was released.
(Source: International Energy Agency: Projected Costs of Generating Electricity 2020.)
Considering the benefits of nuclear energy, it’s not surprising the world’s richest people support it.
Billionaire Jeff Bezos backed General Fusion. It’s a private nuclear energy company that raised $130 million in November.
Just last month, Tesla CEO Elon Musk called for countries to restart dormant nuclear power stations. He also said they should beef up capacity at existing ones.
Investors are already following their lead.
They bid up uranium and nuclear stocks 47% over the past year.
With the Russia tensions serving as a catalyst, uranium and nuclear stocks could break out even higher.
To get exposure you can buy the VanEck Uranium+Nuclear Energy ETF (NYSE: NLR).
The majority of its holdings are U.S. companies.
So it’s a great way to invest in America’s energy independence.
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