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General Electric

Why: By building flexible and efficient natural-gas power plants, GE is making it easier for utilities to use intermittent sources of renewable energy.

Key innovation: Gas turbines based on jet engines allow power plants to quickly increase or decrease their electricity generation to compensate for variations in wind or solar power.

Public Company: General Electric

Headquarters: Fairfield, Connecticut
Founded: 1890
Market Capitalization: $200 billion