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Phil Ovitt

Indiana University – NRG Energy, Manager Business Development & Policy

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Phil Ovitt’s interest in the broader energy and environment fields originated from an enjoyment and love for the outdoors. He grew up in the Midwest-very different from the rugged, mountainous areas he had always admired. However, college gave Ovitt the opportunity to go to a school focused on the environment. At Indiana University, Ovitt studied resource conservation and the intersection between society and environmental protection.

After graduating from Indiana University, Ovitt realized that he could either further his science education or move on to the non-profit sector. However, he did not particularly gravitate towards either. Ovitt was more interested in private sector opportunities surrounding energy and the environment.

Ovitt started his professional career at the consulting firm Accenture (NYSE: ACN) in Chicago. There he worked on analyzing energy supply chains at some of the world’s largest energy companies. After almost six years at Accenture, he decided to get a feel for the public sector. He spent three years as a policy advisor in the U.S. Senate working on energy and environmental legislation.

Today, Ovitt works at NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG), a Fortune 300 company creating value through conventional generation while driving innovation in solar and renewable power, electric vehicle ecosystems, carbon capture technology, and customer-centric energy solutions. He is the Manager of Business Development & Policy for NRG Energy’s electric vehicle charging business, NRG eVgo, as well as the supervisor of NRG eVgo’s governmental affairs. Ovitt works to build partnerships between NRG eVgo and major retailers, property owners, and policymakers around the country.

As someone who has extensively worked on the widespread deployment of electric vehicles, Ovitt sees that “there is enormous growth potential in STEM fields that focus on battery technologies, storage, and microgrids.” He urges individuals interested in the renewable energy arena to get a foundation in both the private and public sectors, so that they have a broader understanding of the environmental field.

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