Energy sector beckons entrepreneurs

Kate Reimer’s interest in business could have landed her on Wall Street. It didn’t. On the brink of the 2008 banking crisis, the Stanford University graduate decided instead to turn her talents loose in the energy sector.

“The bank bailouts really shaped a lot of my feelings toward large financial markets,” Reimer said in a telephone interview. “I felt like they were part of an irrational boom-and-bust cycle and it seriously affected my peers. I have a lot of friends who stayed in school for much longer…and others who are still underemployed today.”

Reimer, 26, armed with an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, was helping PG&E Corp. PCG -0.45%   identify utility-scale renewable energy projects when the 2008 banking crisis struck.

That initial interest in energy stuck with her, prompting her to earn a master’s degree in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford… Read more


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