• CERAWeek
  • March 18 - 22, 2024

Steve O’Rourke

JERA Americas Inc.

Chief Executive Officer

Steve O’Rourke is the Chief Executive Officer of JERA Americas, the US-based subsidiary of Japan’s largest power and energy company, JERA Co. O’Rourke joined JERA Americas in 2020 and served as Co-Chief Development Officer for JERA Americas responsible for development of renewable and thermal power generation, low and zero carbon fuels, and attendant technologies to enable JERA’s decarbonization goals. Prior to JERA, Mr. O’Rourke spent several years, first as Co-Head of Renewables for ReNew Power’s US-based subsidiary, and Co-Founder of Capitas Energy LLC, a developer of renewable energy projects. Mr. O’Rourke spent 2015 in Manila on personal sabbatical, having departed SunEdison early that year where he was Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer during its integration with MEMC Electronics and transformation to a global renewable energy company. Previously, Mr. O’Rourke served as Managing Director at Deutsche Bank Securities where he was responsible for the company's clean energy and semiconductor capital-equipment equity research practice. Prior to Deutsche Bank, he held management and leadership positions with Piper Jaffray, Robertson Stephens and Applied Materials, Inc. Mr. O’Rourke holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the United States Naval Academy and did graduate work in Nuclear Engineering with the Naval Nuclear Power School.

Sessions With Steve O’Rourke

Monday, 18 March

  • 05:15pm - 05:55pm (CST) / 18/mar/2024 10:15 pm - 18/mar/2024 10:55 pm

    Decarbonization Pathways

    Carbon Management/Decarbonization

    Decarbonizing the global economy will require the transformation of existing energy systems and a large-scale development and deployment of low-carbon technologies. The path to a low-carbon economy is still to be determined and the energy mix of the future is being influenced by government and corporate decisions today. Renewable power, carbon removal, hydrogen and other technologies are competing for market share and different industries are looking to different solutions. Can everything be electrified with cheap renewable power? How can technologies like carbon capture and hydrogen become more competitive? What role will governments play in shaping decarbonization pathways?