In March 2021, Edison Energy welcomed Christian Blattenberger to the team as Director of Business Development. Christian has 25 years of experience in national energy industry business development, specializing in multi-site commercial and industrial energy procurement (electric and natural gas) and renewable energy/sustainability. We sat down with Christian to discuss his experience, current role, and what led him to Edison Energy.
Tell us your background, a little bit about yourself, and how you ended up at Edison Energy.
The energy industry has provided me with a unique background and experience. My grandfather founded a high-voltage powerline construction company. By age 13, I was learning how to splice underground cables, construct substations, set poles, and hang powerlines. After college, I was the energy buyer for a multi-site retailer, and eventually became an energy consultant specializing in advising several national account retailers on energy procurement purchasing. Over the years, I’ve developed solar and efficiency projects bought and sold energy for everything from solar development projects to retail generation supply. After 25 years, I love the fact that I’m constantly able to continue to learn.
The energy industry’s service offerings are constantly changing, for the better!
What is your role at Edison Energy?
As Director of Business Development, my role is transforming the way our customers optimize their energy use and helping them execute sustainable long-term energy solutions.
Share something unique to your role and a specific skill set that others may be surprised to know about.
One of the things I’m grateful for is the trust I’ve developed with my partners and peers in the industry. I take a consultative approach to ideas, projects and goals. My experiences as both a buyer and a seller provide some unique insight for my partners who know I can see the opportunities from their point of view, and ours. I can easily relate to their goals, what is required to achieve them, and appreciate the sense of urgency in reaching them, since I’ve done that myself.
Is there a project you feel most proud of in your career, and if so, what made this project successful from your perspective?
I have several, but one I’m most proud of was earning a FedEx 5 Star award as a Sr. Energy Advisor at FedEx. Aside from buying energy supply, I was part of a team helping FedEx Ground develop and expand their rooftop solar energy footprint. Watching what they have accomplished and continue to accomplish with renewables and sustainability goals is something I still feel some pride in being a part of.
What is the best advice you could give to your younger self?
Always consider taking on the tough projects that everyone else is afraid of, and don’t be afraid to fail.
The experience you gain from taking on projects like those is what will set you apart from everyone else in the energy industry (you’ll learn to love those projects over time).
Share an interesting fact about yourself.
I used to be a competitive powerlifter. At my competitive peak, I was bench pressing 425lbs. I also have a degree in music education with a minor in vocal performance. People are always surprised by both of those things.