As the UK’s leading electric power transmission network, National Grid (LSE: NG) is instrumental in helping the UK meet its renewable energy goals.
So, it’s a good job that the company is committed to a renewable future. National Grid was recently awarded a top spot on Newsweek’s Top Green Companies in the World 2015 list. National Grid ranked 29th overall but was the highest scoring utility.
The Newsweek Green Rankings rank the 500 largest publically traded companies globally on their overall environmental performance using eight specific indicators. Based on these indicators, National Grid scored an impressive 71.4%.
If you’re looking for a large-cap green investment, National Grid is one of the best picks around. The company currently trade at a forward P/E of 14.7 and supports a dividend yield of 5.2%.
Greencoat UK Wind (LSE: UKW) owns a portfolio of interests in 16 windfarms around the UK. The company’s principal goal is to provide investors with a steady, predictable income.
The revenue that operating wind farms receive in the UK is made up of two key components: the sale of power produced, and green benefits accredited. All are sold under long-term agreements to utilities who are obliged by law to procure a certain percentage of power from green sources. This gives Greencoat a stable, predictable income and cash flow stream.
When Greencoat came to market during 2013, management announced that the group would be paying an annual dividend yield in the region of 6%. The payout will increase in line with inflation for the foreseeable future. At present, Greencoat supports a dividend yield of 5.3%, and analysts have pencilled in a yield of 5.5% for 2016.
SSE (LSE: SSE) is the leading generator of electricity from renewable sources in the UK. The company had 3,326MW of renewable capacity by the end of March 2015 — to put that into perspective, Greencoat’s net capacity is a lowly 271.5MW.
SSE’s green drive and contribution to renewable energy generation in the UK has not gone unnoticed. The company has made it into the top 10% of the Climate Performance Leadership Index; one of the most important annual assessments of how large global operations impact on the environment.
SSE’s growth and output of renewable electricity contributed to a 15% fall in the group’s carbon emissions during 2014.
SSE currently trades at a forward P/E of 13.9 and the company supports a dividend yield of 5.7%.
Customers come first
Small-cap utility Good Energy (LSE: GOOD) generates all of its electricity from renewable sources. What’s more, the company is also loved by its customers and has one of the highest customer satisfaction rates around.
Still, with only 51,500 electricity customers at the end of 2014, Good is an energy minnow. Revenue jumped by 43% during 2014, and gross profit rose by 38%. However, due to a fall in demand for energy over warmer periods, Good’s profit before tax slumped by a third.
Unfortunately, erratic earnings growth is set to continue for the next two years. The City believes that Good’s earnings per share will fall 15% this year, before rebounding by 53% during 2016. Over the same period, revenue is set to grow by a quarter.
Good currently trades at a forward P/E of 14.7 and supports a dividend yield of 1.5%.