Energy Influencers #71 – #75

Energy Influencers #71 – #75

Here’s the next group that you’ll get to meet:

  #66 Doug Foshee (Chairman, President & CEO of El Paso) 
  #67 Jim Flores (Chairman, President & CEO of Plains Exploration)
  #68 Ahmad Faruqui (Principal at The Brattle Group)
  #69 Greg Ebel (President & CEO of Spectra Energy)
  #70 Robbie Diamond (Founder, President & CEO of Securing America’s Future Energy)


 #71 Tom Corbett

Governor of Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

46th Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Corbett was nominated by a landman because he “hasn’t given into moratorium on #Marcellus activity.” 

Early in 2011 Corbett maintained that Pennsylvania should not tax the natural gas industry.  He also repealed a four month old policy regulating natural gas drilling in park land, deeming it “unnecessary and redundant.”  Of the 117 Pennsylvania state parks, 61 of them in the two-thirds of the state lay right above the Marcellus Shale.

More recently though Corbett has been backing fees for natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania raising questions about whether Corbett has violated a campaign pledge not to increase taxes or fees.  But in Corbett’s view, this impact fee is something different.  Is it?

Natural gas prices have their own way of dictating policy and may prove to be more influential in 2012 than Corbett himself. 

 #72 Aneesh Chopra

Chief Technology Officer of the United States

Washington, D.C.

Like many other Influencers, Aneesh Chopra wants to unleash the Clean Energy Revolution, advocating for greater instrumentation in the collection of energy data.

As US Chief Technology Officer, Chopra pushed forward the “Green Button” initiative asking the American Energy Industry to innovate and provide customers with electronic access to their energy usage information in a standard format.

Chopra believes this Smart Grid technology would empower consumers to make informed decisions about their energy use and to actively manage their energy consumption.  California would be a good place to start in 2012.

Chopra left the White House in January and rumor has it that he may be wearing a “Vote for Me” button as he continues to push the “Green Button”.  Chopra is likely to run for Virginia lieutenant governor, returning to his home state to continue his work using innovative new technologies and platforms to improve healthcare, education and energy. 

#73 G. Allen Brooks

Managing Director at Parks Paton Hoepfl & Brown

Houston, Texas

Deep thoughts…by G. Allen Brooks.

Brooks is “perhaps the most thoughtful observer of the North American natural gas scene” & “always presents valuable and entertaining insights on the state of the oil and gas industry.”  That’s a lot of respect coming from one Influencer with 50+ years in the energy industry about another with almost as many.

Brooks has 40+ years in the energy and investment industries focused on the oilfield services sector.  He has spent the last 7 years in consulting as an advisor to boutique oilfield service investment banking firm PPHB where he publishes “Musings From the Oil Patch.”

Published since 1999, ‘Musing” is a highly-regarded semi-monthly energy newsletter reflecting an eclectic collection of stories and analyses dealing with issues and developments within the energy industry.

It’s those “Musings” that influences other Influencers which makes Brooks so influential.

#74 Gary Bloom

CEO of eMeter

San Francisco, California

Gary Bloom entered #Energy100 for having a successful exit.

A former high-level executive at many top software companies (Oracle, Veritas, Symantec), Bloom was brought in to eMeter in 2010 to “help the world’s largest utilities successfully adopt eMeter’s leading Smart Grid solutions.”  The company provides software to electric, gas and water utilities in order to make sense of data from the growing number of smart meters at commercial and residential sites.

Just 20 months later Bloom “completed the task he was invited to”.  By selling eMeter to Siemens in December he gave the smart-grid startup the enterprise-software credentials it needed to compete with the likes of Oracle & Itron.

When Bloom is not off saving companies, he spends his off hours savings lives as an emergency-response volunteer.  So no matter where he ends up in 2012, we know that we can always count on him when disaster strikes the bottom line or a nearby neighborhood. 

#75 Shai Agassi

Founder & CEO of Better Place

San Francisco, California

Shai Agassi wants to make the world a better place, so no better place to start than by creating Better Place, the leading electric vehicle (EV) services provider.

Best known for its battery-swapping concept, Better Place was founded by this former software executive in 2007 and has since collaborated with the likes of General Electric, France’s Renault and the governments of Israel, Denmark, and Australia to make EVs a sustainable transportation solution.

Although the initial momentum behind Better Place may seem to be slowing, Agassi remains ambitious as ever and has even convinced a researcher to change his tune.

Agassi is no stranger to the top 100 and has been named on such lists as “world’s 100 most influential people” (TIME), “100 Most Creative People in Business” (Fast Company), “Top 100 Global Thinkers” (Foreign Policy Magazine) and most recently “Electrifying 100” (Automotive News).

It’s no surprise then that Agassi appears here too as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Energy”…for making the world a better place…to live.


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