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Future of Energy Innovation with Michael Polsky (Ep. 6)

In this alumni edition of Big Brains, Michael Polsky discusses his early days in the energy field, his current project to build one of the largest wind farms in the world and why he believes in the power of innovation.

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Show Notes

When Michael Polsky, MBA’87, first ventured into the field of renewable energy in 2003, he thought he’d missed the boat, believing people were well ahead of him in building clean energy projects.

Today, he said we’re barely in “the third inning” of the renewables game. The founder and CEO of Invenergy, one of the largest renewable energy companies in North America, Polsky believes it’s not a question of if but when the United States becomes completely energy independent of fossil fuels.

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