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Transitioning Companies and Careers to Renewable Energy
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Length: 60 Minutes


A panel from academia and industry will discuss how businesses and professionals are making the transition to renewable energy. 

  • How are traditional energy companies adapting? 
  • Can employees whose careers have focused on traditional energy sources shift their focus to renewables? 
  • What skill sets—for companies and individuals—will transition best? 
  • What new skill sets are required?

Greg Bean, Gutierrez Energy Management Institute

Greg Bean was appointed as the Executive Director of Gutierrez Energy Management Institute at the Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston in January 2018. He has a passion for education and its impact on students and economic development in Houston. Greg has over thirty years of global oil and gas management consulting experience in the upstream, downstream, midstream and oil field service sectors, including major corporate, business unit and capital investment strategy assignments and organization-restructuring efforts. Prior to his consulting career, he spent five years with ExxonMobil in refining and supply and trading functions.

George Fibbe, Baker Botts L.L.P.

George Fibbe is a partner in the Houston office of Baker Botts L.L.P., representing clients in complex commercial disputes and regulatory matters. His practice focuses on high-stakes matters across the energy sector, including upstream and midstream oil and gas, LNG, renewables, nuclear and the power industry. Before joining Baker Botts, Mr. Fibbe served as Deputy General Counsel for Litigation, Regulation & Enforcement for the U.S. Department of Energy, where he oversaw a wide range of legal matters arising from the Department's missions of advancing energy security, promoting scientific innovation, ensuring security and environmental cleanup of the nation's nuclear weapons complex, and other energy-related operations. In that role, he worked closely with the Department of Justice, the Office of Management & Budget's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), and other federal agencies.

Jared W. Johnson, Chevron

Jared Johnson is Senior Counsel, Downstream, Chemicals & Midstream Law at Chevron.   Since 2014 he has advised Chevron on electric power matters for its North American operations.  He has counseled the Chevron Pipeline & Power business unit on power sales and steam transactions from cogeneration units, resource adequacy sales in California, federal and state regulatory and compliance matters.  He has also negotiated retail power supply purchases for Chevron’s refineries and its ERCOT power supply for upstream operations.  He routinely advises on rate case strategy in a variety of state PUCs and on power legislative developments.  Since 2019, Mr. Johnson has advised Chevron on its renewable power strategy to integrate renewable power into its upstream and downstream operations, including through the development of new renewable power facilities and purchase agreements. 

 

Mr. Johnson has recently transitioned to supporting Chevron New Energies, where he will counsel on a variety of matters relating to Chevron’s development of new energy businesses, including carbon offsets and hydrogen.

Prior to joining Chevron in 2014, he was a member of the Energy Regulatory and Markets practice group at Latham & Watkins LLP, representing clients in regulatory proceedings before the FERC and several state utility commissions, as well as in project development and financing transactions. 

He is a graduate of Gonzaga University and Georgetown Law School.

Stephany LeGrand, ConnectGEN LLC

Stephany LeGrand became General Counsel of ConnectGEN LLC in April 2020. Prior to beginning her current position, Stephany was Legal Counsel – New Energies at Shell Oil Company, where she served as the global legal focal point for onshore renewable power, including solar, storage and wind. Stephany previously practiced at Eversheds Sutherland where she counseled developers, energy providers, and investors in mergers and acquisitions, project development, structured transactions, and joint ventures.


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