Elon Musk’s Clean Energy Vision Includes a Strong Role for Utilities

By [email protected] Elon Musk has staked a claim on a distributed energy future, but recent comments suggest he’s not going to be a fundamentalist about it.

The billionaire has arguably done more than any other individual to accelerate electric cars and make distributed energy desirable. His vision, detailed explicitly in his Master Plan, seemingly renders the traditional role of the electric utility obsolete.

This stance has prompted many a think piece framing the future of energy as a battle between Musk and billionaire investor Warren Buffett, who owns several utilities via Berkshire Hathaway Energy and favors a more centralized approach of utility-scale renewables projects

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