Anders Thulin was born and raised in Sweden. He has lived in variety of places including Sweden, Texas, Denmark, California, Washington DC, and now Minneapolis.
When asked about his interest in clean energy, Anders replied “I’ve always been passionate about the sustainable development, and believe that access to energy, water, and information are keys to success. Given that energy is a pre-requisite to the other two pieces, clean energy is required to bring those less well off to a more equal playing field without sinking the climate in the process.” Anders joined Siemens’ wind power business in 2012 and has since transitioned to electric vehicle charging infrastructure in 2018. His tasks have centered around lowering the total cost of both wind power and EV ownership.
As a local of Minneapolis, Anders wanted to be involved with CERTs and contribute an “industry view” for its endeavors. Anders feels Minneapolis has been great place for him and he wants to help pay it back in a way where he can be helpful. He appreciates that CERTs is community organized and driven and that it has a non-political agenda. He wants to help out with all EV related topics, renewable energy, and grid aspects. Additionally, he lives next to a great donut place so is happy to bring treats to meetings!
Anders’ work continues despite the changing working conditions. He is working on some big projects and shared, “It’s a lot of fun sitting with various stakeholders to try to figure out what makes most sense for their needs. It’s complicated and involves a lot of participants, but it looks like we’re making it work remotely, which is great for cutting down on cost and emissions!”
He expects, just as with most industries, that there will be a bit of a delay in projects. He also believes that COVID has shown us some light in the darkness. For example, it’s revealed the environment impact of fewer emissions. People are seeing mountains they didn’t know were there. Previously poisonous rivers are now almost drinkable out of the stream. This was a shift that happened in a manner of a few weeks. He asks us to imagine if we made this sort of impact permanent? He thinks the opportunities are there, and it’s on us in the industry to make electrification simple to understand, and transparent in its cost effectiveness.
Before working in the energy sector, Anders was a bicycle courier in downtown Stockholm for two years. He went into the ER three times and was in a total of eight accidents, snapping two helmets in half. Needless to say, he didn’t make a career out of it!