Rob Threlkeld is Global Manager, Sustainable Energy/Supply Reliability for General Motors. In this role he manages the nearly 70 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. Threlkeld is also engaged with OnStar in looking at ways to integrate electric vehicles with battery storage and renewable energy to tap in to the distributed generation and frequency regulation markets as a means to further financially support renewable energy projects.
As part of GM’s sustainability team, Threlkeld is charged with sharing renewable energy best practices to an 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 the Association of Energy Engineers, Engineering Society of Detroit, and the Solar Power International Advisory Council. He also retains status as Certified Hazardous Material Manager through the Institute of Hazardous Material Managers.
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 and master’s degree in civil engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.