They have shaped the technology we call the smart grid. They have the ear of energy regulators. They lead customers through the often confusing and ever changing world of energy and smart grid. And they shape the discussions we have about energy. In alphabetical order, they are all power players in their own right -- whether because of the breadth, depth and years of experience they bring to the industry or their status as an up and comer to keep a close eye on. These are the individuals who have been the most influential in energy in 2011.
This list is a serious compilation of individuals based on many factors ranging from industry nominations and recommendations to regulatory influence and those with business savvy, leadership and technical expertise.
I have to admit that it was difficult to narrow the list to 15. You may find that some of your picks are absent. This is not an indication that they are not an industry power player. As this is an annual list, the players may certainly change from year to year. Please email me if you have a recommendation for a power player who is not on the list and why you would recommend them. --Barb
Power Players -- The 15 Most Influential People in Energy
§ Guido Bartels, General Manager, Global Energy & Utilities Industry, IBM; Chairman, Global Smart Grid Federation
§ Andres Carvallo, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Proximetry; Co-author of "The Advanced Smart Grid"
§ Dick DeBlasio, Principle Laboratory Program Manager for Electricity Programs, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, U.S. DOE