Brian Janous

Microsoft Corporation

General Manager of Energy and Sustainability

Brian is responsible for leading the development and execution of Microsoft’s global data center energy strategy. These data centers provide the foundational cloud infrastructure for Microsoft’s online and cloud services for consumers and businesses worldwide. His responsibilities include oversight of energy policy, procurement, renewable energy, distributed generation, and overall environmental impact to ensure that Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure is reliable and sustainable. Microsoft plays a critical role in the energy industry, both as a large consumer but also as a provider of foundational cloud services that support grid resilience and decarbonization. Brian joined Microsoft in 2011 after 12 years in the energy industry where he worked as a Sr. Consultant at Brubaker & Associates, assisting Fortune 500 companies with energy procurement, policy and sustainability matters. Brian holds an MBA from Webster University, a Bachelor of Science in Finance and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Missouri. Brian has also served on the board of the American Wind Energy Association (now the American Clean Power Association), and presently serves on the board of the Institute for Energy Studies at Western Washington University. 

Sessions With Brian Janous

Thursday, 10 March

  • 11:20am - 12:10pm (CST) / 10/mar/2022 05:20 pm - 10/mar/2022 06:10 pm

    Procuring Clean Electricity at Scale

    Panel Power & Renewables

    Renewable power purchasing agreements signed by global corporations are accounting for a rising share of renewable additions in key power markets as companies take action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions associated with production and operation. Corporate buyers are becoming important new players in the electric sector worldwide as they increase spending and investment in renewable energy. How will corporate procurement evolve in the future? What are some of the obstacles for growth? Will corporate buyers be able to expand procurement from early success regions, such as North America and Europe, to other parts of the world? How are procurement strategies changing as markets and policies evolve?