2024 State Energy Conference of North Carolina: 2024 State Energy Conference of North Carolina:




Tuesday, April 25, 2023

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.   Registration

8:30-10 a.m.   MORNING KEYNOTE

Pathways to Meet Corporate Demand for Clean Power

  • Christopher Chung, Executive Director, Economic development Partnership of North Carolina (Moderator)
  • Steve Frank, Strategic Sourcing Manager, Energy, Corning Incorporated
  • Brian George, U.S. Federal Lead, Global Energy Market Development and Policy, Google
  • Reese Rogers, Manager, Market and Policy Innovation, Clean Energy Buyers Association
  • Samantha Soto, Product Manager Electric Vehicle DC Charging, Siemens
  • Jerry Williams, Chief Environmental Officer, SAS

10 - 10:30 a.m.   Break and Exhibit Hall

10:30 a.m. - Noon   CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Track: Residential Homes/Clean Transportation

Supporting Low-Income Homeowners with Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Access to renewables and energy efficient upgrades to affordable housing has been out of reach to most low to moderate income buyers. Recent government programs have opened access and created a road map for affordable housing programs to include renewable energy, at construction. This panel will discuss a 2022 ARPA program that assisted in the installation of eight projects for Habitat for Humanity homeowners. The panel includes individuals who are involved directly with laying the groundwork for easier access to renewables for the populations who can benefit the most.

  • Lisa Manuel, Project Manager and Program Manager of Affordable Housing, Advanced Energy (Moderator)
  • Emily Barrett, Environment & Resilience Program Manager, Triangle J Council of Governments
  • Melissa Malkin-Weber, Co-Director, NC Clean Energy Fund

Track: Commercial & Industrial Buildings

The Push & Pull of Change: New Opportunities for Decarbonization

This must be the perfect time to invest in cleaner facilities with all the commitments on energy efficiency and renewable energy federal spending over the past two years, but what's available to businesses now? How are the federal and state incentives expected to stimulate the commercial and industrial sector? How can North Carolina facilities take advantage of them?

  • Randy Lucas, Founding Principal, Lucas Tax + Energy (Moderator)
  • Gary Andrews, Lead Energy Efficiency Engineer, Business Markets, Duke Energy
  • Matt Doolin, Research and Policy Manager, Duke University
  • Ben Evans, Federal Legislative Director, US Green Building Council
  • Kim Wooten, Principal, Devita Engineering

Track: Governmental & Institutional Buildings

EO 271 & the Public Sector's Role in the Future of ZEV in North Carolina

Learn about the Governor's vision for electric vehicles in North Carolina, and the various government funding available for Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) through the Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Law, Inflation Reduction Act, & more! (NEVI, Corridor & Community Charging Grants, the VW Settlement, EV Buses & Clean Heavy Duty Vehicle Programs).

  • Heather Brutz, Transportation Program Director, NC Clean Energy Technology Center (Moderator)
  • Heather Hildebrandt, Statewide Initiatives Group Supervisor, NC Dept. of Transportation
  • Brian Phillips, Environmental Program Manager, NC Division of Air Quality
  • Zach Pierce, Sr. Advisor for Climate Change Policy, Office of Governor Roy Cooper

Track: Renewable Energy

Workforce Diversification in Clean Energy

The clean energy industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in North Carolina's economy, employing nearly 104,000 individuals across the state. While the total number of clean energy employees is exciting, it's important to note that we still have a lot of work to ensure the workforce is representative of our diverse population at large. In fact, Black and African-Americans are under-represented by nearly 60% in the clean energy economy. As the industry continues to grow, we'll need to identify strategies to recruit new workers from all walks of life. Tune in to hear more about the current status of the workforce, and efforts underway to diversify the energy economy.

  • Ondrea Austin, Program Manager, Strategic Energy Innovations (Moderator)
  • Maria Anderson Campbell, Senior Director Talent and Development, Strata Clean Energy
  • Balakrishna Gokaraju, Associate Professor, NC A&T State University
  • Eric Grant, Director of Learning and Development, Blue Ridge Power
  • Sharene Pierce, Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, Duke Energy

Track: Utilities & Infrastructure

Grid Investment and Cost Allocation to Accommodate More Clean Energy

Transitioning North Carolina to a clean energy based economy in the coming decades will require large amounts of new offshore wind, expanded utility- and distributed- scale solar PV and other renewable generation resources. Transmission, distribution, interconnection and control strategies will play an important part in the success of this effort. This session will cover the needs and strategies to accelerate infrastructure investment to support the state's clean energy goals.

  • Josh Brooks, Parter, Waybright
  • Dmitri Moundous, Director, Energy Storage, Cypress Creek Renewables
  • Matt Neal, Grid Solutions North America, Siemens Energy
  • Waheed Oyekanmi, Manager, Transmission & Interconnection, TotalEnergies
  • Steven Shparber, Attorney, Clark Hill

Track: Innovative Technology & Deployment

Beneficial Electrification: Emerging Trends and Technology

From electric vehicles to agriculture and home heating, beneficial electrification has the potential to impact multiple sectors and dramatically reduce carbon emissions. As the adoption of electrification expands, technology is needed to ensure carbon-free electrons are delivered to consumers. End users, both residential and commercial, need innovative solutions that leverage electricity and produce similar results as carbon-based fuels. This panel will address some of the current challenges and solutions associated with beneficial electrification and the role technology will play as we decarbonize point and nonpoint sources of emissions.

  • Hayes Finley, Associate, Womble Bond Dickinson (Moderator)
  • Jessica Allen, Engineer IV, Advanced Energy
  • Christine Cole, Global Technical Solutions Leader, Itron
  • Jim Musilek, Vice President, Innovation and Business Development, NC Electric Cooperatives
  • Tony Olivo, Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, FlexGen

Noon - 1:15 p.m.   Lunch & KEYNOTE SESSION

Live Recording of Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast - How Federal Action Has Created NC Funding Opportunities

  • Matt Abele, Director of Marketing and Communications, NC Sustainable Energy Association (Moderator and Podcast Host)
  • Richard Ezike, Program Communications Specialist, Joint Office of Energy and Transportation
  • Dr. Shelley Francis, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, EVNoire
  • Kameale Terry, CEO, ChargerHelp!

1:15 - 1:30 p.m.   Break and Exhibit Hall


Track: Residential Homes/Clean Transportation

Achieving kW and kWh Savings Through Innovative Technologies

As technology around energy efficiency improves, the opportunity for kW and kWh reduction increase. This panel will discuss recent studies for energy efficient technology at many price points and through utility programs that can help homeowners and utilities lower energy consumption.

  • Juanita Ward, Products and Services Manager, Duke Energy (Moderator)
  • Jonathan Coulter, Senior Consultant, Advanced Energy,
  • Sue Dinnsen, Program Manager, Duke Energy
  • Charlie Farrell, Manager of Business Strategy, NC Electric Cooperatives
  • Chad Gillespie, Senior Manager, Performance Construction at Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC US
  • Casey Stone, Data Analyst, Advanced Energy

Track: Commercial & Industrial Buildings

Grid Responsive Buildings

Buildings are being considered assets to the grid with electrification and grid responsive technology, not just loads on the grid as in days past. This session will include a discussion about microgrids and vehicle to grid applications including specific policies and incentives that, if adopted, would improve the economics of deploying this technology.

  • Robert Cox, Ph.D., Associate Director, Energy Production and Infrastructure Center, UNC Charlotte
  • Dusan Brhlik, Direct Energy Partners
  • Jordan Harrison, Applications Engineer, Chint Power Systems
  • Casey Schurtz, Senior Product Manager, Ndustrial
  • Mitch Simmons, P.E., EV Charging / Energy Transition Solutions Architect, Eaton

Track: Governmental & Institutional Buildings

A Bold Choice - Geothermal Central Energy Plant at Wake Tech Community College

This will be a case study in the performance criteria, priorities, practical limitations, energy savings and costs associated with a geothermal central energy plant, recently completed, for a new installation to serve Wake Tech's new 106-acre Eastern Wake Campus. This presentation will detail the owner's vision, objectives, reliability needs, and NetZero aspirations and includes unique combinations of exciting technologies including geothermal wells, heat recovery chillers, low temperature district heating water, chilled water, photovoltaics and even emergency power. All monitored by their new enterprise Energy Management Information System. Presenters will include the owner, engineer and contractor. The owner will discuss the objectives for the plant, exploring NetZero, energy efficiency, reliability needs, all in a climate built for education. The engineer will discuss the decision making process and the role of an LCCA, energy modeling, carbon emissions, and similar drivers for system selection. They will also explore how they tackled these aspirations, what systems were considered and how the system selection evolved over time to be the best compromise of many different performance criteria. System considerations were a traditional boiler and chiller district energy system, thermal storage, and geothermal system with heat recovery. The project delivery for this building is Design Build and Skanska is the contracting team partner. The contractor will talk about the delivery model, coordinating with the first three buildings on campus that won't be completed until AFTER the central plant is complete and how that impacts testing. The presentation seeks to encourage community colleges, universities, state agencies, and other public entities to explore different central plant options and to be bold in their expectations. Geothermal energy in North Carolina is a viable approach to many central energy plant needs.

  • Jason Tobias, Sr. Project Manager, Skanska USA Building (Moderator)
  • John Majernik, Director of Energy, Sustainability & Transportation, Wake Tech Community College
  • Jeff Urlab, Principal, Salas O'Brien
  • Leann White, Executive Vice President, Salas O'Brien

Track: Renewable Energy

What's Next for the Carbon Plan? Programs, Implementation, and Updates

Join this panel conversation as we dive into the details of the carbon plan order issued by the NC Utilities Commission at the end of 2022. We'll cover what was in the order, the programs and proceedings that will stem from the order, and next steps on the path to updating the plan every two years. On the panel, you'll hear from the various stakeholders involved in the recent carbon plan proceedings, along with those responsible for implementing the order issued by the commission.

  • Taylor Jones, Senior Regulatory Counsel, NC Sustainable Energy Association (Moderator)
  • Christina Cress, Partner, Bailey & Dixon
  • Jack Jirak, Deputy General Counsel, Duke Energy
  • Nadia Luhr, Staff Attorney, Public Staff - North Carolina Utilities Commission
  • Reese Rogers, Manager, Market and Policy Innovation, Clean Energy Buyers Association
  • Ben Smith, Counsel, Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

Track: Utilities & Infrastructure

New Challenges to Resiliency: Bullets + Bombs (Cyclones)

Many North Carolinians have developed the quality of personal resilience in withstanding grid outages due to natural causes, with severe tropical storms. In the December 2022 bomb cyclone, we saw the near collapse of the electrical grid for a large part of the state on Christmas Eve. Earlier in the month, a gunfire attack on an electric substation in Moore County resulted in 45,000 customers losing power, some for over a week. What can be done to minimize these types of events and the impacts felt by citizens and communities?

  • Tommy Williamson, NC Utilities Commission Public Staff Energy Division (Moderator)
  • Sam Holeman, Vice President, Transmission, Duke Energy
  • Jordan Kern, Asst. Professor, College of Natural Resources, NC State University
  • Travis Moran, Senior Reliability & Security Advisor at SERC
  • Ben Sooter, Program Manager, Cyber Security, Electric Power Research Institute

Track: Innovative Technology & Deployment

Carbon Capture: Emerging Technologies and Innovative Applications

Carbon capture has the potential to be a key factor in reaching global carbon reduction goals and those outlined in the NC Carbon Plan. There are few carbon capture technologies commercially available but a great deal of exciting research and development in progress. North Carolina companies are leading the way in creating new and innovative technologies that will remove, replace, and reuse carbon on a massive scale. This panel will provide insight and perspective from the leaders in the carbon capture market that are working to enable a cleaner future for North Carolina and beyond.

  • Dr. Chris Wedding, Founder, Entrepreneurs for Impact (Moderator)
  • James Custer, Chief of Staff, 8 Rivers
  • Sudarshan Gupta, Commercial Lead, Susteon
  • Clift Pompée, Managing Director of Generation Technology, Duke Energy

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.   Break and Exhibit Hall


Track: Residential Homes/Clean Transportation

Exploring Partnerships and New Methods to Increase the Impact of Weatherization

Utilities are looking for a path to reduce energy for their customers and Weatherization Assistance Providers are looking for more qualified applicants. This panel discussion will include new ideas for how to improve the results of Weatherization, as well as offering new ideas and concepts for increasing the impact and reach of Weatherization through innovative technologies and partnerships. Piedmont EMC and Piedmont Triad Regional Council have worked together to create a winning relationship for both organizations which carries over directly to their low to moderate income community.

  • Ernie Hodgson, Energy Analyst, NC Dept. of Environmental Quality (Moderator)
  • Nikia Beal, Community Development Administrative Coordinator, Piedmont Triad Regional Council
  • Jodi Fargis, Member Services Representative, Piedmont EMC
  • Alexander Linn, CEO, Shipshape Solutions
  • Juanita Ward, Weatherization Program Manager, Duke Energy

Track: Commercial & Industrial Buildings

Show Me the Workforce

National Renewable Energy Laboratory's conservative 2022 estimates for workforce needed in North Carolina are five times by 2030 for building energy efficiency and triple in 2030 for battery electric storage. What is the on ramp for the workforce needed to help facilities meet decarbonization goals and manage increasingly complex facilities? This session will include a discussion of the workforce development efforts in North Carolina and how to overcome barriers on the way to a robust clean energy workforce.

This session will examine ways in which the industrial sector can effectively progress toward decarbonization.

  • Greg Monty, Ph.D., NC Agricultural and Technical State University (Moderator)
  • James Carter, Program Manager, Talent Development, City of Charlotte
  • Bill Lawler, Vice President and Operational Technology Strategy Leader, Wells Fargo
  • Mozine Lowe, Executive Director, Center for Energy Education
  • Wanda Ramon-McPherson, Consultant, ApprenticeshipNC

Track: Governmental & Institutional Buildings

Energy Conservation Measure Potpourri

Learn about innovative technologies that are driving real energy/utility savings in various vertical markets in the public sector, to include: Combined Heat and Power, Secondary Transformers, Water Control for Correctional Facilities and Ceramic Window Film Technology

  • Reid Conway, Senior Energy Manager, Western Carolina University (Moderator)
  • Daniel Ecoff, National Sales Manager, Intelligent Conservation Systems, Inc.
  • Kyle Krow, Vice President of Sales & Business Development, Dalkia Aegis (EDF Group)
  • Andrew Sabados, Jr., President & CEO, Cornerstone Energy Solutions
  • Tim Van Horn, National Account Manager, Powersmiths International

Track: Renewable Energy

Land Use and Permitting Constraints

Recent policy and regulatory actions, along with wide-scale private investments have chartered a path towards significant renewable deployment over the coming years. In light of this momentum, energy stakeholders have elevated the need for additional transmission buildout in order to accommodate more renewable generation. In this panel, we'll cover the investment and permitting hurdles on the transmission side, while also covering the more frequent permitting and zoning challenges facing renewable projects at the local level.

  • John Burns, General Counsel, Carolinas Clean Energy Business Association (Moderator)
  • Andrew Branan, Extension Assistant Professor, NC State University
  • Brandon Durham, Vice President of Performance Engineering, Carolina Solar Services
  • Liz Kalies, Lead Renewable Energy Scientist, The Nature Conservancy
  • Maggie Sasser, Vice President of Government and External Affairs, Pine Gate Renewables

Track: Utilities & Infrastructure

Electric Vehicles and the Grid

This session will discuss the possible impacts of increasing numbers of light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty electric vehicles on the grid. Speakers will discuss ways to ensure grid stability in the face of increasing electrification of the transportation sector.

  • Daniel Real, Portfolio Manger, Strategic Projects, Advanced Energy (Moderator)
  • Marshall Cherry, President and CEO, Roanoke Electric Cooperative
  • Joseph Gadient, Innovation & Business Development Analyst, NC Electric Cooperatives
  • Mark McIntyre, Director, Government Affairs, Energy, the Environment and Stakeholder Engagement, Duke Energy

Track: Innovative Technology & Deployment

Innovative Municipal Clean Energy Deployments

Local governments throughout North Carolina are committed to the clean energy transition. As a bridge between industry, state and federal governments, and local communities, municipalities can accelerate progress toward the achievement of carbon reduction goals. This panel will highlight innovative projects that cities, towns and counties throughout North Carolina have implemented to reduce energy and climate impacts and enhance sustainability.

  • Zach Ambrose, Ambrose Strategy (Moderator)
  • Sarah Hazel, Chief Sustainability and Resiliency Officer, City of Charlotte
  • Jeremiah Leroy, Sustainability Officer, Buncombe Co
  • Ray E. Throop, Energy Engineer, USAG Fort Bragg
  • Danna Widmar, Assistant Town Manager, Town of Cary

5 - 7 p.m.   Reception in Exhibit hall featuring Lynnwood Brewing Concern

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

7:30 - 8:30 a.m.   Registration

8:30-10 a.m.   MORNING KEYNOTE

North Carolina Energy Policy in 2023: Different Perspectives on What's in Play

  • Christina Cress, Partner, Bailey & Dixon, LLP (Moderator)
  • Representative Dean Arp, Chairman, Appropriations and Chairman, Energy & Public Utilities, NC House of Representatives
  • Chris Carmody, Executive Director, Carolinas Clean Energy Business Association
  • Peter Ledford, Clean Energy Director, Office of Governor Roy Cooper
  • Betsy McCorkle, Partner at Kairos Government Affairs
  • W. Kevin McLaughlin, Jr., Vice President Government Affairs and External Relations, Duke Energy Corporation

9:45 - 10:00 a.m.   Guest Speaker: Governor Roy Cooper

10 - 10:30 a.m.   Break and Exhibit Hall

10:30 a.m. - Noon   CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Track: Residential Homes/Clean Transportation

Planning for Sustainability, Equity, and Economic Development in Transportation

This session will focus on transportation planning considerations to help regions and municipalities promote sustainability, equity, and economic development as goals.

  • Michelle Parker, Sustainable Transportation Services Manager, GoTriangle (Moderator)
  • Shuchi Gupta, Senior Planner, Triangle J Council of Governments
  • Tunya Smith, Director of the Office of Civil Rights, NC Dept. of Transportation
  • Alexander Yoshizumi, Executive Director, Applied Data Research Institute

Track: Commercial & Industrial Buildings

Energy Audits for Decarbonization

About 30% of large companies have decarbonization goals, but the vast majority (94%) are not on track to meet 2030 carbon reduction goals. In order to meet national decarbonization goals, we need to ramp up energy retrofits from less than 1% to more than 3% per year. Energy assessments are an important part of the solution, but how can end-users scale the energy assessment process to identify deeper energy retrofits?

This session is focused on approaches that have delivered value for C&I customers in North Carolina. Topics include advanced analytics and energy-as-a-service.

  • Art Samberg, Program Director, NC Clean Energy Technology Center (Moderator)
  • Jess Allen, Mechanical Engineer, Advanced Energy
  • Robert Cox, Associate Director, EPIC UNC Charlotte and Director, NC Industrial Assessment Center
  • Dale Odom, Supervisor of Retail Energy Services, Electricities
  • Yash Pinapati, Program Manager, Willdan

Track: Governmental & Institutional Buildings

Microgrid Case Studies for the Public Sector

Resiliency has become critical for North Carolinians and Microgrids are one option to provide increased resiliency for our state. Learn about examples of public sector Microgrids to support buildings, EV charging, and critical services, as well as the various sources of funding that have become available for Microgrids through the Bi-Partisan Infrastructure Law and the Inflation Reduction Act.

  • Bill Pfleger, Product Development & Engineering Manager, Schneider Electric (Moderator)
  • Amanda Corrado, Government Relations Advisor, Schneider Electric
  • Erik Hall, Energy Services & Technology Director, NC Electric Cooperatives
  • Lee Ragsdale, Sr. Vice President of Energy Delivery, NC Electric Cooperatives
  • Michael Yambrach, Chief, Office of Sustainability & Energy, Montgomery County (MD)

Track: Renewable Energy

Customer Clean Energy Programs

Across the state, large corporations, municipalities, and educational institutions are striving to achieve ESG goals through the use of clean energy. In this session, we'll talk about some of the legacy front of the meter programs like Green Source Advantage, while covering what could potentially be coming for new customer programs in North Carolina. On the residential side, we'll also briefly cover how demand-side management and community solar programs can be viable options to increase customer affordability and accessibility.

  • Ethan Blumenthal, Regulatory Counsel, NC Sustainability Energy Association (Moderator)
  • Kara Gravinese, Innovation and Business Development Analyst, NC Electric Cooperatives
  • Ann Livingston, Policy Director, Southeast Sustainability Directors Network
  • Leland Snook, Managing Director, Rate Design & Regulatory Solutions, Duke Energy
  • Mike Wallace, Vice President of Origination, BrightNight Energy

Track: Utilities & Infrastructure

Small Modular (Nuclear) Reactors Could be Key to a Carbon-free Grid

Solar and wind will be the low-cost backbone of future grids. They have diurnal and seasonal intermittency. A carbon-free grid requires other clean energy sources to fill the gaps. Small modular (nuclear) reactors (SMRs) offer a promising solution. They overcome many of the hurdles faced by conventional nuclear. They also face some of the same ones, such as public antipathy to nuclear and spent fuel disposal. The panelists will discuss the attributes of SMRs and measures that could be taken to address these issues. They will also opine on policy and other means to accelerate the adoption of SMRs, to achieve a carbon-free grid in North Carolina by 2050.

  • Vik Rao, Executive Director, Research Triangle Energy Consortium (Moderator)
  • Kati Austgen, Senior Project Manager, Nuclear Energy Institute
  • Rob Hayes, Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering, NC State University, Joint Faculty Appointment with SRNL
  • Jackie Siebens, Director, Policy and External Affairs, Oklo Inc.

Track: Innovative Technology & Deployment

Energy Storage: What's Next?

Battery Energy Storage Systems open the possibilities for a cleaner, more efficient, and more reliable grid. However, market-dominant lithium batteries face potential supply shortages as the demand for lithium-ion based storage increases. New and innovative storage technologies are needed to enhance the reliability of solar, wind, and other forms of renewable energy at scale. Storage technologies can help us better manage the mismatch between renewable generation and the periods of peak demand. This panel will highlight emerging energy storage technologies, which could further advance the adoption of clean energy technologies including flow batteries, hydrogen, and potential enhancements to lithium energy storage.

  • Ben Smith, Generation & Regulatory Strategy Director, Duke Energy Corporation
  • Colleen Campbell, Director of Business Development, FlexGen

Noon - 1:15 p.m.   Lunch & KEYNOTE SESSION

$109 Billion Opportunity for East Coast States via Offshore Wind: Who's Going to Get It?

  • Joshua Kaplowitz, Vice President, Offshore Wind, American Clean Power

1:15 - 1:30 p.m.   Break and Exhibit Hall


Track: Residential Homes/Clean Transportation

Planning for Demand Charges for Electric Vehicles

The costs of implementing electric vehicles can vary greatly depending on the how fleet managers and facility managers plan for managing demand charges. This panel will discuss options for managing demand charges.

  • Lisa Poger, NC Clean Eenrgy Technology Center (Moderator)
  • Jacob Bolin, Electric Transportation Specialist, Advanced Energy
  • Jonathan Byrd, Managing Director, Pricing and Strategic Solutions, Duke Energy
  • Nikki Hensely, Innovation and Business Development Analyst, NC Electric Cooperatives
  • J.D. Johnson, President, Evesco

Track: Commercial & Industrial Buildings

NC Carbon Plan: C+I Implications

The North Carolina Carbon Plan puts the utility industry on track to meeting net zero by 2050. How does this influence corporate carbon goals?

  • Jackson Ewing, Ph.D., Senior Fellow, Duke University Nicholas School (Moderator)
  • Lalya Cummings, State Energy Policy Director - NC, Duke Energy
  • Kevin Martin, Executive Director, Carolina Utility Customers Association
  • David McGowan, Southeast Region Director, State Government Affairs, American Petroleum Institute
  • Reese Rogers, Manager, Market and Policy Innovation, Southeast Clean Energy Buyers Association
  • Jeff Thomas, Public Utilities Engineer, NC Public Utilities Commission Public Staff

Track: Governmental & Institutional Buildings

The Intersection of IAQ and Energy Savings: Smart Labs, Outdoor Air Management and More

Post-COVID, there is a renewed interest in indoor air quality. Explore opportunities to improve indoor air quality, while cutting costs in energy.

  • Kathleen Owen, Vice Chair of TRG2.RAST Reactive Air & Surface Treatments, The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (Moderator)
  • Joe Gohn, Business Development Manager, Aeroseal
  • Thomas Phoenix, Vice Chair, National Institute of Building Sciences
  • Tom Smith, President, 3Flow

Track: Renewable Energy

Renewable Federal Funding Guidance and Distribution

Over the past year and half, historic amounts of federal funding have been invested into the clean energy sector. After months of stakeholder engagement and funding guidance development through various federal agencies, funds are starting to be distributed. This session will cover the latest guidance on federal funding programs available for clean energy and recap some of the progress made with funds already distributed.

  • Laura Combs, Senior Sales Associate, Eagle Solar & Light (Moderator)
  • Jennifer Bumgarner, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs, U.S. Dept. of Energy
  • Steve Levitas, Senior Vice President for Regulatory and Government Affairs, Pine Gate Renewables
  • Zach Pierce, Senior Advisor for Climate Change Policy, Office of Governor Roy Cooper
  • La'Meshia Wittington, Principal, Whittington & Staley Consulting Group

Track: Utilities & Infrastructure

Decarbonizing Gas Infrastructure to Reach Net-Zero

Investing in development of hydrogen and renewable biogas and the infrastructure to deliver these resources is vital to meeting North Carolina's clean energy goals. Of key importance is supplying zero carbon fuels to utility generation, industrial plants, boilers and heavy trucks to decarbonize all levels of our economy.

  • Rebekah de la Mora, Policy Analyst, NC Clean Energy Technology Center (moderator)
  • Ryan Childress, General Manager, New Business & Customer Solutions, Dominion Energy
  • Casey Collins, Director, Utility & Energy Services, Duke University
  • Emmet Fortuin, Business Development Director, Monarch Energy
  • Will James, Savannah River National Labs

Track: Innovative Technology & Deployment

North Carolina Universities: Leading Clean Energy Innovation

North Carolina is an energy innovation leader, with programs across multiple universities focused on developing solutions that enable a cleaner energy future. In many cases, collaboration across various universities and community stakeholders helps drive innovation. These collaborative efforts and multi-disciplinary teams have the capability to develop solutions while also educating students with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the workforce demands of the clean energy industry. This panel will highlight the leaders from both academia and industry who are working together to drive innovation, break down silos, and build a strong clean energy innovation ecosystem.

  • Deb Wojcik, Executive Director, Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (Moderator)
  • Pietro Cairoli, Department Manager, Power Electronics, ABB
  • Robert Cox, Ph.D., Associate Director, UNC Charlotte, Energy Production and Infrastructure Center
  • Curtiss Fox, Sr. Technical Leader, Electric Power Research Institute
  • Balakrishna (Balu) Gokaraju, Ph.D., Associate Professor, NC A&T
  • Srdjan Lukic, Deputy Director, FREEDM Systems Center
  • Madhav Manjrekar, Assistant Director for Corporate Engagement, EPIC

3:30 p.m.   Conference Adjourns