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Published on January 18th, 2015 | by Zachary Shahan


Energy Efficiency & Distributed Renewables Will Kill Energy Suppliers

January 18th, 2015 by  

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and Financial Times (FT) held an excellent panel discussion tonight on technology, innovation, business, and the future of energy. It was a wonderful event, and I have several great clips from it to share in the coming days and weeks. To start with, here’s a short one from Michael Liebreich:

If you are not a video person, the essence of the clip is in the title: “Energy Efficiency & Distributed Renewables Will Kill Energy Suppliers.” I think that captures it well enough.

In case you are not already aware, Michael Liebreich was the founder of New Energy Finance (which was in 2009 sold to Bloomberg L.P and became Bloomberg New Energy Finance), was the CEO of Bloomberg New Energy Finance for years before switching to Chairman of the Advisory Board in 2014, and is a former member of the Zayed Future Energy Prize selection panel, among many others things.

Full Disclosure: My trip to and accommodation in Abu Dhabi for the Zayed Future Energy Prize, World Future Energy Summit, and other Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week events is being covered by Masdar. That said, I have full editorial control over the work and am even publishing it without feedback. I am only covering things that I find very interesting or important, and that I think others will find interesting or important. 

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is tryin' to help society help itself one word at a time. He spends most of his time here on CleanTechnica as its director, chief editor, and CEO. Zach is recognized globally as an electric vehicle, solar energy, and energy storage expert. He has presented about cleantech at conferences in India, the UAE, Ukraine, Poland, Germany, the Netherlands, the USA, Canada, and Curaçao. Zach has long-term investments in Tesla [TSLA] — after years of covering solar and EVs, he simply has a lot of faith in this company and feels like it is a good cleantech company to invest in. But he does not offer (explicitly or implicitly) investment advice of any sort on Tesla or any other company.

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