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Energy Sector Disruptors Revealed

Energy Disruptors

Disruptors Shaking Up the Energy Industry
CNBC's Julia Boorstin reports on new companies like MicroSeismic, Picarro, Opower, and Nest Labs that are competing head to head with established energy companies.

In a battle between wildcatters in the shale boom and renewable energy dreamers, five companies are uniquely positioned to influence the future of the energy market and climate policy.

  • Shale Wildcatters Battle Green Energy Dreamers Friday, 17 May 2013 | 5:55 PM ET

    In a battle between wildcatters in the shale boom and renewable energy dreamers, five companies are uniquely positioned to influence the future of the energy market.

  • LightSail Energy Saturday, 18 May 2013 | 11:45 AM ET

    Energy storage technology that uses compressed air to create heat energy, which can then be stored and more efficiently released onto the grid during off-peak intervals.

  • MicroSeismic Friday, 17 May 2013 | 5:44 PM ET

    An oil service company that is the largest provider of fracture monitoring services in the world.

  • Nest Labs Saturday, 18 May 2013 | 11:49 AM ET

    A programmable thermostat aiming to make a smarter residence, using sensors to learn behavioral patterns and create a temperature schedule maximizing energy efficiency.

  • Opower Saturday, 18 May 2013 | 11:51 AM ET

    Opower is an energy efficiency software company that allows utilities to make their customers smarter about usage.

  • Picarro Saturday, 18 May 2013 | 11:53 AM ET

    Information age data provider to public and private sector players at the center of energy, climate policy and fracking debate.

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  • Venture capitalists, industry analysts, CNBC beat reporters, and start-up investors collectively nominated over 200 private, venture-backed companies in 10 industries. CNBC editors and reporters reviewed and debated the nominations ultimately selecting 5 in each industry for the inaugural CNBC Disruptor 50.

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Videos

Tuesday, 25 Mar 2014 | 9:06 AM ET

The "Squawk on the Street" news team discuss the IPO of cloud storage firm Box. CNBC's Jim Cramer breaks down competition in the cloud space.

Friday, 9 Aug 2013 | 7:41 AM ET

Renaud Laplanche, CEO of Lending Club, discusses the growing trend among some consumers to bypass banks and borrow money directly from individuals.

Tuesday, 6 Aug 2013 | 8:39 AM ET

Quirky CEO and founder Ben Kaufman explains how his manufacturing company helps businesses fund the invention process and demonstrates several of this season's top gadgets.

Industries

  • In a battle between wildcatters in the shale boom and renewable energy dreamers, five companies are uniquely positioned to influence the future of the energy market and climate policy.

  • Boku, Kymeta, LiveU, Twilio, and WhatsApp: changing how we connect and upsetting traditional telecom business models.

  • Travel market disruptors are hooking us, and booking us, with lodging options once out of reach to anyone but the elite.

Most Popular Video

Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 5:40 PM ET

Jonathan Geller, BGR president and editor-in-chief, weighs in on the specifications for Amazon's newly announced 3-D smartphone.

Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

Phil LeBeau has the details on the latest rides at this year's New York Auto Show.

Monday, 14 Apr 2014 | 11:43 AM ET

Dr. Steven Horng, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, explains how Google Glass provided crucial support in an emergency situation and helped save a life.