057 Powering up for the 21st Century, with Alaric Babej and Jon Hawkins

We often take electricity technology for granted, until it isn’t there anymore.  With one flip of a light switch, we become part of the largest machine in the country!  During this week’s episode, we will explore the importance of and developments in renewable energy, what careers are available, and how local and regional power companies are partnering with consumers to change what used to be a one-way road into a two-way street by using technology to build the smart grid.  Join us as we discuss this and much, much more with our guests from PNM, Alaric Babej and Jon Hawkins.


Show Notes

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Alaric J. Babej is the Product Development Manager at PNM and works to design and implement customer programs for electrification and voluntary renewables.  Major initiatives include transportation electrification to aid in the adoption of electric vehicles, and programs to assist customers meet their sustainability goals.  Alaric has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rhode Island where he focused on automotive technology, and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington with a focus in renewable energy systems.  He enjoys learning languages and playing hockey in his free time.  

Jon Hawkins is the Associate Director for Innovation and Communications at PNM Resources.  Jon’s team is responsible providing research and development of new technologies used in the generation, distribution, and use of energy as well as design, implementation, and maintenance of telecommunications and network systems across PNMR.  Jon has his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico, is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and has been author or co-author on multiple publications primarily focused on integration and optimization of PV with energy storage.  


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