Peter Corsell, CEO of GridPoint:
Influence: Founded and runs GridPoint, one of the larger private firms that is developing software and digital communications to make the power grid smarter.
When Peter Corsell founded GridPoint back in 2003, the idea of the smart grid was a very early notion to enable utilities to better manage their assets (meters, the grid and distribution). Today that idea has turned into a massive policy movement, a complex standards process and a means to fight climate change. GridPoint is also one of the most well-capitalized firms, having raised over $220 million, and has already bought up compelling smart grid startups V2Green and Lixar SRS. Who’s next on the acquisition list?