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Jay Bellows of KORE Power on Renewable Energy, Storage, and Basketball Wisdom

Season 2, Ep. 23

Today’s guest is Jay Bellows, President of KORE Power, a vertically-integrated energy storage company focusing on grid reliability and renewable energy sources. 


Jay previously led Northern Reliability, a leader in distributed energy storage, as CEO and President from 2013-2022. After merging NRI with KORE Power and taking the reins, Jay now oversees an impressive list of innovations, technological advances, and market success. He shares his thoughts on the transition to renewable energy, explains why storing energy is so vital, and offers valuable insights into how he has aligned profit with purpose.  


Speaking of energy, Jay brings a lot of it to the conversation. Listen now on your favorite podcast platform!


Episode Timestamps:

00:31 Intro on Jay and KORE Power //

02:14 Background and Growing Up //

03:32 What Jay Does At KORE //

07:05 Energy Industry Growth //

11:28 Northern Reliability (NRI) //

12:24 Nomad Power Project //

16:50 KORE Initiatives and Programs //

21:20 Domestic Energy Production and Storage //

25:10 Growth at KORE Power //

30:09 Basketball and Coaching //

33:11 Optimism and Motivation //

37:32 End Credits //


More from the episode:

Company Website → https://korepower.com/

Company Social → https://www.linkedin.com/company/korepower/ 

Guest Social → https://www.linkedin.com/in/jay-bellows-0b89453/ 

Conor Social → https://www.linkedin.com/in/ckgone/ 

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