21 Jun '11, 6pm

The energy sector is not wired for innovation or risk takers -- but that's what they need

The energy sector is not wired for innovation or risk takers -- but that's what they need

Photo: Gerry Balding Last week I put up a piece on "what the U.S. power industry thinks about the future of the U.S. power industry ," reposting results from a survey of U.S. power utility managers and executives. Just in case you're not inclined to read through hundreds of words of survey results and charts (what's wrong with you?!), I thought I'd pull out a few take-home lessons. The main lesson -- the meta-lesson, if you will -- is that the U.S. power sector remains, on average, extremely conservative . I don't mean ideologically conservative, but small-c conservative: biased in favor of the familiar. It's not a sector well-suited to producing thought leaders or risk takers. That's unfortunate, because no area more desperately needs risk-taking and innovation than clean electricity. One thing to keep in mind is that taking an average across a sample this size can obscur...

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