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Accelerating Innovation in the Electricity Sector

With the help of more than 50 participants, advisors, and support staff, Rocky Mountain Institute convened the first meeting of the Electricity Innovation Lab (“eLab”) on June 25-28 in San Diego, California.

Strong forces—the growing need for major infrastructure investments, climate change, new demands for electricity services, rapid technological development and cost reduction—are aligning to drive transformative change in the U.S. electricity sector. Indeed, the sector is already evolving organically, from the grassroots.

But without further innovation and coordination, economic inefficiencies, misaligned incentives, political resistance, and wasted efforts will slow this organic transformation.

“A diverse, dispersed, resilient, largely renewable electricity future is the key to our energy future, making the world richer or fairer, cooler, and safer,” said RMI Chairman and Chief Scientist Amory Lovins. “So, it is absolutely essential to figure out the answers to these vexing questions in exactly the way that eLab plans to do. And I think it’s wonderful we’ve been able to pull these people together and start the conversation.”

Watch now and learn:

  • How diverse industry stakeholders are creatively collaborating to develop innovative, practical solutions
  • Why there’s a special urgency now to fix the utility business model
  • Why accelerating the transformation to a new energy future requires multi-stakeholder dialogue


3 Comments on "Accelerating Innovation in the Electricity Sector"

  1. BillT on Fri, 27th Jul 2012 2:07 am 

    Too little…too late.

  2. DC on Fri, 27th Jul 2012 11:36 am 

    No kidding, I always wonder why ‘innovation’ is a concept most journalists, govts and corporations seem to have discovered very recently. I guess the concept of I dont know..maybe building things right the first time was a little….innovative? at the time. Ive come to the opinion that anytime someone says ‘innovation’ it probably means one of two things

    A) We were too cheap, lazy and or corrupt to do it right the 1st time

    or

    B) I want to see you something. Im calling it innovative, but its really just the old shoddy thing with a few new buttons and an LCD display.

  3. Kenz300 on Fri, 27th Jul 2012 2:08 pm 

    Quote — ” “A diverse, dispersed, resilient, largely renewable electricity future is the key to our energy future, making the world richer or fairer, cooler, and safer,” said RMI Chairman and Chief Scientist Amory Lovins.”
    —————————

    Diversify, diversify, diversify……

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