Rob Threlkeld, Global Manager, Renewable Energy; General Motors Co.
Rob Threlkeld is Global Manager, Renewable Energy for General Motors. In this role he manages the more than 100 megawatts of renewable energy that make up GM's global renewable energy portfolio. He is responsible for accessing the feasibility of future projects as they pertain to GM's overall sustainability strategy and negotiating long-term power purchase agreements with projects underway at various facilities across the globe, including opportunities associated with battery storage/behind-the-meter applications-EV integration.
As part of GM's sustainability team, Threlkeld is charged with sharing renewable energy best practices to internal and external audience to further GM's reputation as a responsible corporate citizen. He travels around the country to speak to a number of different groups on the topic of renewable energy, explaining how companies large and small alike can benefit from the use of renewables.
Threlkeld is also actively involved in the Solar Energy Industries Association. He urged GM to join with this NGO to help support other large end users in their deployment of solar. He is also actively involved with WWF-WRE Buyer's Principles for Renewable Energy, The Business Renewable Center (BRC) affiliated with RMI where he serves on the Advisory Board, the Association of Energy Engineers, Engineering Society of Detroit, and the Solar Power International Education Council. His certifications attained include Certified Hazardous Material Manager (CHMM), Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Business Energy Professional (BEP).
Threlkeld began his career at General Motors in 2000 as manager of the Powerhouse and Wastewater Treatment Plant operations at GM's Lordstown (Ohio) Assembly Complex. He holds a bachelor's and master's degree in civil engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.