According to a report issued by energy research firm IHS Herold, 2009 was a "terrific year" for energy investors. This chart depicts the range of total returns on energy stocks for the last 12 years, with 2009 delivering a 59 percent median gain over 2008.
The IHS CERA Power Capital Costs Index (PCCI) is a proprietary measure of project cost inflation similar in concept to the Consumer Price Index (CPI), The latest PCCI shows the costs of constructing new power plants fell an additional three percent over the six month period between the third quarter of 2008 and first quarter of 2009, signaling a broader downward trend that has now spread beyond nuclear to all classes of power plants.
The IHS CERA DCCI is a proprietary measure of project cost inflation similar in concept to the Consumer Price Index (CPI). It provides a benchmark for comparing costs around the world and draws upon proprietary IHS and IHS CERA databases and analytical tools. ATTRIBUTION: IHS Cambridge Energy Research Associates (IHS CERA)