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Peter Darbee, CEO of PG&E:
Influence: Darbee runs PG&E, one of the most aggressive utilities, deploying smart meters and home area energy management tools.
With a long career in the telecom industry (including a stint as the former CFO and Controller at Pacific Bell), Peter Darbee has a unique perspective on what the smart grid should provide for utilities in the U.S. Darbee joined PG&E in 1999 as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and became CEO in 2005, and told us last year that he has slowly brought in and promoted executives with more of a silicon valley, think-outside-the-box mentality, compared to the traditional utility industry. His leadership shows, and PG&E has been partnering with tech-savvy startups like Silver Spring Networks and applied for smart grid stimulus funds to roll out home area network technologies.