When it comes to the cutting edge of energy innovation, it's common to criticize utilities and governments as slow to change.
Utilities must balance reliability and an outdated incentive system with rapid technological change. Governments must work through layers of bureaucracy. But Rocky Mountain Institute’s eLab accelerator, described as a “boot camp for electricity innovation,” is trying to help power companies and governments balance these forces.
Since 2014, the program has brought big utilities and government stakeholders together with new energy innovators to establish best practices for projects and business models.
According to one program manager, Jason Meyer, the accelerator fashions itself as a "platform to host the most critical conversations with the most critical people in the electricity industry.”