A Moral Imperative
Fortnightly Magazine - August 2018
More than 60,000 people within Arizona, Utah and New Mexico are without access to electricity. Light Up the Navajo Nation aims to solve that.
A virtual roundtable with Patti Poppe of CMS Energy, Scott Prochazka of CenterPoint Energy, Connie Lau of Hawaiian Electric Industries and Ben Fowke of Xcel Energy.
CEO, CMS Energy
“We zero in on innovation and solutions closest to the work, by people who have human struggle, to eliminate waste and get our work done right the first time.”
CEO, Centerpoint Energy
The key question is how to evolve an organization so it’s anticipating and has strategies for major disruptions.
CEO, Xcel Energy
Customers are not comparing us to another utility, they’re comparing us to Amazon, FedEx, and Domino’s Pizza.
CEO, Hawaiian Electric Industries
“You have to be able to match people’s dreams of a world powered by clean energy with the realities of technology and economics.”
Pace of change is causing significant disruption
Electrification of everything, steel for fuel, future of gas, new business and regulation models, innovation, black swans.
CFO, NorthWestern Energy
“There was nothing wrong with a combustion engine until we got our electric hybrid. Even though half of the electric vehicles are in California, that’s going to change.”
VP – Policy and Strategy, Xcel Energy
“We need to protect the grid, and, as we approach new regulatory paradigms, we want to be sure that the grid remains reliable and modern.”
CEO, Grid Assurance
“It's now a world where people ride-share, share Airbnb property, bike-share and car-share. The technology that enabled that to occur on the auto side, can occur on the energy side as well. Sharing of information, asset capacity and load, I think it's going to move in that direction.”