Elon Musk to Utilities: ‘I’m Not Really a Fan of Disruption; I’m Just a Fan of Things Being Better’
Elon Musk wants the people to know that he’s not quite the rebel some have made him out to be.
“I’m not actually a fan of disruption for it’s own sake,” the CEO of Tesla Motors said yesterday at the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) annual convention for investor-owned utilities in New Orleans.
“I don’t think we should disrupt things unless it’s…fundamentally better for society,” he said. “I’m not really a fan of disruption; I’m just a fan of things being better.”
Musk’s message is likely to be well received by the electric utility industry, which EEI leaders acknowledge is “in the midst of a profound transition.” Rather than characterize utilities as laggards and make a call for action, Musk and Tesla CTO JB Straubel underscored that utilities are already, and will continue to be, one of Tesla’s biggest allies.