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Earth2Tech's Top 15 Smart Grid Influencers

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influencers-4By some accounts, the build-out of the smart grid could be the biggest driver of wealth within the decade and create an even larger market than the emergence of the Internet. And now, in the early rollout phase, thousands of startups and large tech vendors are moving aggressively to sell software, hardware, and consulting services to utilities that are trying to figure out the best way to design smart grid networks and tap into the Energy Department’s stimulus funds.

Sometimes making deals in this massive land grab can be more a matter of who a company knows than how advanced your product’s technology is. Here’s Earth2Tech’s top 15 most influential people in the smart grid space (listed alphabetically, not order of importance.) If you’ve got any of ’em in your Rolodex, then you’re probably in pretty good shape.

  1. George Arnold, national coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability, NIST
  2. Guido Bartels, general manager Energy & Utilities IBM (s IBM)
  3. Troy Batterberry, product unit manager of Energy Management & Home Automation division, Microsoft (s MSFT)
  4. John Chambers, CEO, Cisco (s CSCO)
  5. Steven Chu, Secretary of Energy, DOE
  6. Peter Corsell, CEO, GridPoint
  7. Peter Darbee, CEO, PG&E (s PSC)
  8. Paul De Martini, vice president of Advanced Technology, Southern California Edison
  9. Steve Fludder, VP of Ecomagination division, GE (s GE)
  10. Adam Grosser, general partner, Foundation Capital
  11. Lewis Hay III, CEO, FPL Group
  12. Scott Lang, CEO, Silver Spring Networks
  13. Ed Lu, Program Manager in Advanced Projects at Google (s GOOG)
  14. Jim Rogers, CEO, Duke Energy
  15. Malcolm Unsworth, CEO, Itron (s ITRI)

17 Responses to “Earth2Tech's Top 15 Smart Grid Influencers”

  1. Impressive list! It sounds like George Arnold & all these companies plus many more have their work cut out for them. Wishing everyone all the luck to create a cleaner, smarter and more efficient energy system.
    There are other companies that are working just as hard but not mentioned above. For example,

    Thank you for posting!