California Chapter: Hydrogen and Microgrids (Virtual)

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With rapid energy transition, there is a change in skills required and in the companies recruiting for these new skills. How many of us feel ready for the changes coming our way? As a slew of hot, new companies or emerging technologies make a splash, you may question if these new technologies are resilient or big enough to bet your career on. What kind of roles may be available in these companies, and what motivates those who work there?

Hear industry insiders Marisa Blackshire, Sr. Director, Environmental Compliance and EH&S, Bloom Energy and Katie Cafouros, Sr. Business Development Manager, Powerflex address these questions and more!

Bloom Energy uses its innovative solid oxide fuel cell technology to covert natural gas, biogas, or hydrogen into electricity and is an ideal base load and back-up power provider in micro-grids. Bloom also sells electrolyzers that can convert renewable power into Hydrogen for energy storage.

Powerflex helps address the complete clean energy needs of its clients by bringing together solar, storage, EV charging and microgrids along with overall energy management.

Marisa Blackshire is the Senior Director of Environmental Compliance and EH&S at Bloom Energy, where Marisa is furthering Bloom’s mission by building the profile and engagement on environmental, health, safety and sustainability issues.

Prior to joining Bloom, Marisa was a Senior General Attorney at BNSF Railway, leading BNSF’s environmental legal, air and climate programs. Before BNSF, Marisa was in private practice at Alston & Bird LLP where she worked on similar issues for clients. Marisa serves on the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) Board and is active in the American Bar Association’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (SEER), currently serving on its Executive Committee and Equity and Inclusion Task Force. Marisa’s community involvement includes supporting multiple causes that provide high quality programming and resources to at-risk youth.

Katie has over 15 years of international and domestic experience in the energy sector. At PowerFlex, Katie originates integrated solar, storage, and EV charging opportunities for large portfolio customers across North America. Prior to joining PowerFlex, she was the Operations & Maintenance Account Manager for EDF Renewables North America and managed over 2 GW of wind assets. She also has experience working overseas in environmental compliance, environmental health and safety, and consulting for the Oil and Gas sector.

She is a founding board member of Young Professionals in Energy (YPE), San Diego, and served a 2-year term on the board of Women in Sustainable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE). She holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Notre Dame and a Masters in Environmental Policy and Sustainability from the University of California, San Diego.

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8/19/2022 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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