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Bryan McBournie Bryan McBournie is SmartBrief's energy editor. Before joining SmartBrief, he worked as a reporter for SNL Energy, covering the natural gas industry and a local newspaper in Maryland, covering everything from planning and zoning issues to new businesses.

In order to radically innovate, your company has to be small and nimble, said Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and CEO and chief technical officer of SpaceX.

“It’s generally true that the larger a company is, the harder it is to execute their vision,” Musk said at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Maryland. However, there are exceptions, such as Apple, which had a strong leader in Steve Jobs, who was relentless in his vision for the company.[…] Continue Reading »

The leadership of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee might differ on what America’s energy future should look like, but they agree that innovation led by the Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program will play an important part.

Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and ranking member Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, praised the program for fostering ingenuity and the next big thing in energy.[…] Continue Reading »

In what may have been his final appearance in office, Energy Secretary Steven Chu said that knowing now how it would be, he would have still gladly taken the office in 2009. Chu told the audience at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Maryland that he learned that it was most important to focus on hiring the right people to accomplish the Obama administration’s clean and sustainable energy initiatives, rather than just the initiatives themselves.[…] Continue Reading »

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg blames the intensity of superstorm Sandy, which struck Mid-Atlantic and Northeast states in October, on pollution caused by coal energy. He spoke at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit in Maryland.

“Sandy was developed by warmer-than-normal ocean waters, and it was amped by rising sea levels, and because a warmer atmosphere holds more moisture, when the storm came, it packed a greater wallop.[…] Continue Reading »

It is important for the federal government to continue to play a role in energy development, said a trio of speakers from different backgrounds at the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit.

National security and energy security go hand-in-hand, retired Marine Gen. Jim Jones said at the conference in Maryland. The U.S. must strive to be energy secure because enemies have repeatedly targeted its fuel sources, said Jones, a former national security adviser.[…] Continue Reading »