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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