Eight Questions on Energy: Featuring Nancy Pfund, Founder and Managing Partner of DBL Partners

Great Plains Institute
By Jennifer Christensen
February 16, 2017

Nancy Pfund, Founder and Man­ag­ing Part­ner of DBL Part­ners, answers GPI’s “Eight Ques­tions on Energy,” shar­ing her insights on inno­va­tion, what she calls the “mobil­ity tri­fecta,” and what makes her opti­mistic about the future of energy.

Eight Ques­tions on Energy” is a new GPI blog series that will fea­ture dif­fer­ent lead­ers in energy each month.

1. What is the most under-​​used word or term in energy? 

Data Trans­parency.” In order to real­ize the promise of a mod­ern­ized grid, under­ly­ing grid data must be made trans­par­ent and acces­si­ble to a wider group of indus­try stake­hold­ers.  The impor­tance of data trans­parency is just begin­ning to be under­stood so the term is not yet widely used.

2. What is the most over-​​used word or term in energy? 

It’s for rich peo­ple.” Inno­va­tion is a well-​​trodden path from expen­sive to less expen­sive to inex­pen­sive. Thank­fully, early adopters are usu­ally not price sen­si­tive, and can play a crit­i­cal role in help­ing grow demand and drive down prod­uct costs. Nowhere is this clearer than in the Tesla Prod­uct migra­tion from the first lux­ury road­ster to the mass-​​market Model 3. The same is true for solar — over 60% of solar is being installed in median income zip codes from $40-​​90k.

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