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Energy Sector Disruptors Revealed

Energy Disruptors

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.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: 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.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: 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.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: 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.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: 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.

  • 2013 Disruptor 50: 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.

Revealed: The CNBC Disruptor 50 List

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    Motif Investing has created a 25-stock index to give investors an opportunity to invest in climate change, explains co-founder Hardeep Walia.

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    Facebook and Uber discussed possibly integrating the rideshare service with Facebook Messenger app. Re/Code reports.

  • A demonstrator holds a sign in support of net neutrality outside the Federal Communications Commission headquarters in Washington, May 14, 2014.

    Etsy and Uber are among the small companies that rely on fast video streaming and are also against the FCC's net neutrality proposal.

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