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Upcoming Event:

Did Anyone Notice the Duck in the Room: California’s “Duck” Challenge

Did you know that energy analysts and regulators formally refer to the shape of California’s electricity demand as resembling the shape of a duck?

California’s renewable concentration on any given day reaches upwards of 80%. With a 100% renewable goal by 2045, California’s utility grid is rapidly evolving. This significant increase in renewable energy effects grid stability.

This panel session will discuss the ways in which innovative technologies and solutions are re-shaping the “duck”, changing the way we power our buildings and make our society cleaner.


Karim Farhat, PhD, Director of Mobility Solutions, ENGIE Impact
Karim Farhat is a clean transportation leader and nationally distinguished under-forty utility and energy innovator, with extensive experience in transportation electrification and smart mobility, distributed energy resources, and clean fuels. Karim currently serves as the Director of Mobility Solutions at ENGIE Impact and previously held strategic technology roles at Pacific Gas & Electric, The Boston Consulting Group, SunEdison and Shell. Karim holds a PhD in Management Science and Engineering and a Masters in Energy Resources Engineering from Stanford University, and a Bachelors in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University.

Spencer Rosen, Regional Sales Manager, Enphase Energy
Spencer Rosen helps executive teams make decisions about strategic partnerships and investments to drive exponential revenue growth and enhance product market fit. Over the past two years he has supported the launch and dramatic growth of Verizon Telematics’ connected car consumer aftermarket product, Hum — which now counts more U.S. subscribers, miles traveled, and driver behavior data points than all competitors combined. Rosen has thrived as an automotive/mobility industry specialist with Verizon for the past 8 years by applying his prior experience and ongoing passion for helping tech startups grow. He loves working with top talent from across the auto-tech ecosystem, from start-ups to multinationals, to solve hard problems while bridging the adoption of technology for safer driving today to driverless vehicles in the future. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and their six year old son.


Jessica Mahler, Sr. Manager Mechanical Engineering, Bloom Energy






Michelle Bogen, Manager, Advanced Powertrain, BMW of North America, LLC
Michelle Bogen is an engineering professional with a passion for research and development. She currently works at BMW of North America, managing a diverse engineering team who are working at the forefront of electric vehicle technology. Prior to joining BMW, Michelle worked at the Center for Sustainable Energy, researching battery second-life and smart charging. Michelle holds a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.

Event Details

Tuesday, October 13th
7:00 – 8:30 pm

Pre-Registration is Required

Event is Free via Zoom

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The Jewish High Tech Community, JHTC, hosts events with members from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, with a focus on local events in Silicon Valley and locations in Mountain View and Palo Alto, CA. As always, members, guests and first-time attendees are welcome.
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