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What technologies are at the cutting edge of energy innovation in 2012, and which ones show the most promise for helping us to establish a sustainable energy future and power our economy in the process? What are the respective roles of the public and private sectors in driving innovation in the space?

Following on the heels of the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy's 3rd annual Energy Innovation Summit in Washington, DC, February 27-29, and looking forward to the Edison Foundation's Powering the People event March 22, The Energy Collective brought together experts from both organizations and exciting technology leaders to explore the innovations that are modernizing our approach to energy.

Listen to the archive to hear our panel discuss:

  • The most promising clean energy technology ventures and the latest ARPA-E grantees.
  • The transformational technologies that can make room for cleaner energy in our electric grid and change the way consumers interact with power.
  • Key questions about what drives innovation: Are government incentives necessary to promote cleaner technology that will achieve substantial scale? Where is the private sector strongest in driving efficiency and innovation?
  • The challenges for clean tech ventures achieving large-scale market success. How do clean energy companies become competitive?


ImageDr. Cheryl Martin is Deputy Director for Commercialization for the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E), responsible for leading the organization’s commercialization program to help breakthrough energy technologies succeed in the marketplace. Prior to this, Dr. Martin was an Executive in Residence with Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, a venture capital firm. Previously, she was with Rohm and Haas Company as General Manager for the Paint and Coatings Materials business in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Spending 20 years at Rohm and Haas, Cheryl started her career there as a Senior Scientist for the Plastics Additives business.

Lisa V. Wood is the Executive Director of the Institute for Electric Efficiency, which works with the electric utility industry to advance energy efficiency, demand response, and customer-side technologies. Lisa launched IEE after more than two decades of consulting with electric utilities on retail customer issues. In that role, she directed economic, financial, and market analysis studies for leading electric utilities nationwide, with an emphasis on energy efficiency, dynamic pricing, and value of electric service reliability. She also serves as an Advisor to Johnson Controls’ Institute for Building Efficiency and is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University.

ImageJack Hurley is the Regional Cluster Coordinator of the Electronics, Energy and Environment (EEE) GTF for Siemens in the US.  He is charged with growing a world-class R&D organization focused on emerging energy technologies to support the unique needs of the Siemens businesses operating in the North American region. Jack’s depth of experience in the electronics and energy technology sectors enables him to play a valuable role for the EEE Cluster at Siemens Corporation, Corporate Research and Technology. Jack earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Villanova University and an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. 

Jesse Jenkins is Director of Energy and Climate Policy at the Breakthrough Institute, and is one of the country's leading energy and climate policy analysts and advocates. Jesse's work and analysis has been featured in Time, Newsweek, Fortune, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and other major media outlets. He is founder and chief editor of WattHead - Energy News and Commentary and a featured writer at the Energy Collective.