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Waste to Energy's Growth Prospects
By John Rubino
 

All the processes mentioned here are becoming more efficient just as environmental restrictions on incinerators and landfills are tightening around the world. So in the aggregate waste-to-energy will see dramatic growth in coming years, though it isn't yet clear which technologies will be the eventual winners. U.K.-based Alkane Energy, the leader in methane generation plants, is a solid choice in that segment. But as with so many other clean technologies, the innovative smaller players (i.e., the potential growth stocks) face competition from deep-pocketed giants. Garbage giants Waste Management, Allied Waste, and Covanta, for instance, operate dozens of traditional incineration plants and recycling operations and will no doubt aggressively adopt new waste-to-energy technologies as they become viable.

Table 17.1 Waste Management Companies

Company

Ticker/Exchange

Headquarters

Market Value, 6/27/08 ($ millions)

Alkane Energy

ALKN.L/London

U.K.

39,460

Allied Waste

AW/NYSE

U.S.

4,930

Covanta Holding

CVA/NYSE

U.S.

4,040

Environmental Power

EPG/NYSE

U.S.

66

Environmental Waste International

EWS.V/Toronto

Canada

12

StarTech Environmental

STHK.OB/NASDAQ

U.S.

22

Waste Management

WMI/NYSE

U.S.

18,270

 

 
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