Track B: Commercial & Industrial Energy Use


B1: Innovation in Energy - Real World Applications

April 11, 10:30am - 12:00pm

The pace of innovation continues to increase for the supply, analysis, and use of energy in today’s commercial and industrial facilities. Concerns about resiliency, economic impact, job creation, climate change and stakeholder satisfaction are just a few of the considerations. Hear real-world applications and cutting-edge technology in areas such as CHP, renewables, controls, and analytics.

Moderator: Jack Connell, Consultant at Connell Associates

Jack Connell has been in the energy efficiency or energy controls business throughout his career. This has included contributor and leadership positions in energy performance contracting, sales, marketing, engineering and production management. He has been in Raleigh the past 24 years, with time split between Honeywell and 8 years founding and building commercial controls contracting and distribution businesses. Prior to retiring last summer, Jack established and led a Honeywell initiative to help contractors develop, sell, and service projects using energy efficiency as the focal point, with emphasis on the business benefits of a project.

Jack graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Tufts University, and is a registered PE, CEM, and LEED AP.

Panelist: Liz Bowen, Project Coordinator at NC State University

Elizabeth Bowen is the Sustainability Program Coordinator at NC State University since 2011 with responsibility to Capital Project Management and the University Sustainability Office. Elizabeth works with multifunctional teams to improve the built environment of NC State and the UNC System through strategic planning, LEED certification, smart grid strategy, and renewable energy initiatives.

Prior to serving in this position, Elizabeth led the development of sustainability standards for Habitat for Humanity in Hawaii, led the LEED consulting practice for an engineering firm in the Triangle area of NC, and was the first corporate environmental coordinator for a grocery chain. Elizabeth is an NC State University Jenkins MBA candidate graduating in May 2017, is certified as a Professional Energy Manager, and is part of the Harvard Sustainability Leadership program.

Panelist: Zak Kuznar, Director, CHP, Energy Storage and Microgrid Development at Duke Energy

Zachary Kuznar works as the Director of CHP, Energy Storage, and Microgrid Development for Duke Energy. In this role he focuses on business case development, technology evaluation, and regulatory initiatives for Distributed Generation in all of Duke Energy’s regulated service territory. Previously, he worked in the Emerging Technology Office and managed a number of energy storage field installations. He also has experience in the fossil generation business unit. Prior to joining Duke, Zak worked in the Advanced Materials division of General Electric. Zak is on the Board of Directors for the Energy Storage Association, Board of Directors for NAATBatt, on the Advisory Board of the Lugar Center for Renewable Energy at IUPUI, and is on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the School of Chemical and Paper Engineering at Miami University. Zak holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and a Master’s and Ph.D. in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from Yale University.

Panelist: Robert Morrow, Program Manager at The Weidt Group

Rob Morrow has spent his entire 18-year career working to make buildings safe, secure, comfortable, and energy efficient. In his current role, Rob leads The Weidt Group’s, a contractor for Duke Energy, efforts in consulting to commercial building owners and design teams who want to strategically plan for ways to reduce energy use. Through Duke Energy’s New Construction Energy Efficiency Design Assistance offer, building owners and their teams are provided financial incentives for a package of whole-building energy-saving opportunities. A frequent speaker on energy efficiency, utility incentives, and energy benchmarking, Rob completed both his BS and MBA at the University of Hartford.

Panelist: Francis Conlin, Owner and Senior Engineer at High Performance Building Solutions, Inc.

Francis Conlin is one of the owners of High Performance Building Solutions and serves as the technical advisor. His background includes both commercial and residential building consulting and he brings over 25 years of experience in providing building performance services. Mr. Conlin has worked as a consultant to military construction projects, construction and production housing companies, high-rise developers, research organizations, insurance companies, non-profits and law firms. He holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and is a licensed engineer in North Carolina and Alabama. Francis is an Air Barrier Association of America Quality Assurance Inspector.


B2: How Efficiency Policy Shapes an Industry

April 11, 1:30pm - 3:00pm

North Carolina's energy efficiency policy shaped our state when assessing things such as successes, projects, and REPS compliance? Hear from those who advocate for potential policy considerations as well as those who enforce them. This session will bring together those with different perspectives – including varying stakeholders – into one discussion centered on energy efficiency policy in North Carolina.

Moderator: Daniel Brookshire, Regulatory and Policy Analyst at NC Sustainable Energy Association

Daniel works with NCSEA’s regulatory team in monitoring, analyzing, and responding to renewable energy-and energy efficiency-related regulatory developments at the NC Utilities Commission and at other governmental venues with jurisdiction over sustainable energy. Daniel also assists NCSEA's other teams with projects requiring energy policy analysis and his direct experience in the sustainable energy field. Prior to joining NCSEA, Daniel was an Emerging Leaders Fellow at NC State University's Institute for Emerging Issues. Some of Daniel's past experiences in the sustainable energy field include working as an Environmental Defense Fund Climate Corps Fellow with the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, a Project Coordinator for the NC Weatherization Assistance Program, a Solar Technician and Crew Leader for Yes! Solar Solutions, and as an AmeriCorps volunteer with the PIRG Energy Service Corps. He also holds a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Bachelor’s in Sustainable Development from Appalachian State University.

Panelist: Willem Fadrhonc, Global Infrastructure at Google

Will Fadrhonc is a Lead in Google's Global Energy Policy and Markets team. He focuses on energy issues and market development to support the company's technical infrastructure. Prior to Google, Will was the Manager of Grid Solutions at Stem, a battery storage and analytics company. At Stem Will led policy and utility business development, including selling 85 MW of aggregated energy storage to Southern California Edison, which was the largest distributed energy storage contract in the world at the time of its signing. Will has a Master's in Environmental Management and an MBA from Duke University.

Panelist: Ralph Taylor, Building Systems Engineer at NC State Construction Office

Ralph currently works in the Design Review section of the State Construction Office (SCO), in the NC Department of Administration. He is an active member of the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) and has served as an officer of the North Carolina AEE chapter for several years. Ralph received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Mississippi and M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Southern California. He is a Professional Engineer in North Carolina, a Certified Energy Manager, and Certified Sustainable Development Professional. Twenty years ago, Ralph combined his experience in systems engineering with his interest in energy conservation when he became Energy Manager at UNC-Chapel Hill, and he supervised the campus-wide Energy Management Control System (EMCS). Later, at SCO, he conducted Facilities Condition Assessment Program (FCAP) assessments for mechanical equipment. While at Duke University Medical Center, he focused on energy needs of hospital, clinic, and research laboratory buildings.

Panelist: Bob Evans, Senior Manager, Strategy and Collaboration Carolinas at Duke Energy

Bob Evans is the Senior Manager of Strategy and Collaboration for the Carolinas at Duke Energy. He is responsible for regulatory and collaborative activities associated with Duke’s Demand Side Management and Energy Efficiency program portfolio. Prior to his current role, he served in various positions involving state and federal regulatory matters for Duke Energy and its predecessors. Before coming to Duke, Bob has provided regulatory support for North Carolina Natural Gas, MidAmerican Energy, ATMOS Energy, the Virginia State Corporation Commission, the Iowa Utility Board, and others. Bob earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University in Industrial Administration and its Regulatory Studies Program. In addition to his employment at Duke, Bob is involved in outreach activities on behalf of the disabled community. He is a chairperson on the Raleigh Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities and a games manager for the Special Olympics of North Carolina.

Panelist: John E. Farmer, Sr., Manager, Energy and Utilities at Pfizer

John Farmer is a Manager of Energy & Utilities for biopharmaceutical manufacturer Pfizer Inc., at their Sanford, North Carolina facility where he also leads the Site Sustainability Team. His primary focus is reducing the site’s carbon, water, and waste footprints. He has also served as the Natural Gas Committee Chairman for the Carolina Utility Customer’s Association. With a keen interest in renewable energy and sustainable operations, John has been involved in numerous energy optimization projects. John has over 45 years of experience in the utilities and plant engineering field. Prior to joining the Pfizer organization, John held positions with General Electric, American Italian Pasta Company, Marion Merrell Dow, Abbott Laboratories, Burlington Industries, and Lane Furniture Company. He is a member of the Association of Energy Engineers and he is a Certified Energy Manager, a Certified Carbon Reduction Manager, and a Certified Demand Side Management Professional. John also holds a Certified Plant Maintenance Manager certification from the Association for Facilities Engineering and is a longtime member of ASHRAE. He is a 2011 inductee into AEE’s “Legends in Energy” and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management from Webster University in St. Louis, MO.

John and his wife Pat make their home in rural Chatham County, NC and live in an energy efficient home of insulated concrete form construction. Their home utilizes energy efficient HVAC, a solar thermal system for hot water preheat, and a grid-tied solar PV system to help offset their electricity consumption. A Chevrolet Volt provides reduced carbon transportation.


B3: Practical Tools, Tips and Resources

April 11, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

There are many sources of information and support to develop, design, implement, measure, and verify energy-efficient retrofits and new construction. In many ways this can be overwhelming and confusing, sometimes delaying action while the latest option is considered. This session will present practical information to help you get things done faster and better at your facility or for your clients.

Moderator: Terry Albrecht, State Director at Waste Reduction Partners

Terry Albrecht oversees Waste Reduction Partners (WRP), a technical consulting group of the Land of Sky Regional Council, which works in a partnership with NCDEQ. The innovative team of volunteer and staff engineers provides waste reduction and energy efficiency assistance to businesses and public institutions throughout North Carolina. Terry is a section chief in the Department of Environmental Quality with responsibilities for the state’s Utility Savings Initiative and WRP. Terry is a Certified Energy Manger, a Professional Engineer in NC, and holds Bachelor’s and Master's Degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering from NC State University.

Panelist: Michael Stowe, Senior Energy Engineer at Advanced Energy

Mike is a Senior Energy Engineer with Advanced Energy in Raleigh, NC with over 30 years of experience in manufacturing plants including roles as production manager, maintenance manager, and plant engineer. Mike has extensive experience with many industrial processes and all types of plant facility systems. He works with utilities, industrial equipment vendors, and manufacturing plant teams to find the best technical and most energy efficient solutions for industrial processes. Mike is a subject matter expert on industrial process energy efficiency, industrial energy efficiency incentive programs, ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems and the DOE Superior Energy Efficiency (SEP) program. He has developed and delivered numerous presentations on Industrial Energy Efficiency and other related topics for utilities, industrial trade associations, and technical groups. Mike participates in several energy and industrial trade associations.

Panelist: Chris Martin, Mechanical Engineer, Energy Solutions at McKim & Creed

Chris Martin leads McKim & Creed’s energy conservation services, including a focus on improving efficiency through building operation and maintenance practices. Prior to joining McKim & Creed, Chris served as the Director of Energy Management at UNC Chapel Hill, where he was responsible for implementing energy and water conservation measures, providing commissioning services for construction projects, monitoring utility usage and HVAC systems, furnishing engineering leadership for building operations, and offering energy/water outreach and education. Under Chris’s leadership, the university reduced utility consumption costs by more than $35 million and reached a 31% reduction in energy use. Chris is a graduate of North Carolina State University with a degree in mechanical engineering. He has over 20 years of experience with facility management and engineering consulting.

Panelist: Jack Connell, Consultant at Connell Associates

Jack Connell has been in the energy efficiency or energy controls business throughout his career. This has included contributor and leadership positions in energy performance contracting, sales, marketing, engineering and production management. He has been in Raleigh the past 24 years, with time split between Honeywell and 8 years founding and building commercial controls contracting and distribution businesses. Prior to retiring last summer, Jack established and led a Honeywell initiative to help contractors develop, sell, and service projects using energy efficiency as the focal point, with emphasis on the business benefits of a project. Jack graduated with a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Tufts University, and is a registered PE, CEM, and LEED AP.

Panelist: Charlie Parrish, Environmental Engineering Specialist at Industry Expansion Solutions, NC State University

Charlie Parrish, P.E., is an environmental engineer for NC State University’s Industry Expansion Solution (IES). Charlie provides services to NC manufacturers and other organizations – assisting them in Energy and Environmental Health and Safety needs. Since joining IES in July of 1998, he has assisted over 100 companies in acquiring ISO 14001 certification through a variety of assistance programs. He has also worked in the area of ISO 50001, assisting manufacturers in Energy management systems. Prior to joining IES, Charlie worked for several environmental consultants (SAIC, Radian, Thermo Electron, others) with responsibilities for air quality permitting, emissions testing, field and laboratory chemical assessments (industrial hygiene, emissions testing, etc). He also worked on projects for pulp and paper companies and as a contractor for the State of Maryland assessing Chesapeake Bay water quality. Charlie has a B.S. in biology (1978) from San Diego State University and an M.S. in environmental engineering (1989) from Virginia Tech University. Charlie received his P.E. license in environmental engineering in 1994.


B4: Leveraging Energy Data at the Enterprise Level

April 12, 10:30am - 12:00pm

Big data has increased in complexity and availability. What do we know about big data and how can we use it to our benefit? Business and industry can now analyze energy data to more quickly and accurately make decisions that positively impact operations and improve efficiency. Learn how big data is shaping our state’s economy and hear from industry experts on how data are being gathered, processed, presented, and leveraged to increase profits, reduce environmental impact, and support the enterprise mission.

Moderator: Ed Merwin, Director, Vykon Automation Energy Security at Tridium

Ed Merwin has over 40 years of experience in the building automation industry in field operations, sales, marketing, and management. Ed was with Honeywell, Inc. for 25 years before joining Tridium, Inc. in 2001. In 2005 Tridium became an independent business entity of Honeywell International. Ed is a member of the Tridium leadership team and manages Tridium’s Vykon systems integration channel and strategic business unit. He works with end users, owners, consultants and system integrators on a daily basis. Ed presents regularly on the value of systems and data integration in creating safe, comfortable, and efficient intelligent buildings. Ed is an associate member of ASHRAE and has a B.S. in Engineering Technology from Old Dominion University.

Panelist: Scott Doron, Associate Director, Office of Science, Technology, and Innovation at NC Dept of Commerce

Scott Doron assists in the Office’s executive functions, including the conducting of research, policy, and programs to ensure the growth of technology jobs critical to the state’s future economy. He also serves as a scientific and technical resource to the Department of Commerce and the Board of Science, Technology & Innovation, and assists with proactive growth and recruitment of innovative firms. Doron previously directed the Southern Technology Council, part of the Southern Growth Policies Board. In that capacity, he promoted technology-based economic development and emerging industries across the South. He specialized in creating industry/university/government partnerships in a myriad of technology fields, including advanced materials, clean energy, nanotechnology, and entrepreneurship. Other initiatives include identification and dissemination of best practices, and analysis/reporting of technology trends and employment. Doron previously served as Associate Manager of Strategic Research for the South Carolina Department of Commerce, assisting in the management of a target industry program. He had also served as a Development Analyst for Isis Innovation – the new technology transfer office of Oxford University, in the United Kingdom. Other career experiences include managing a computer technical support department and administering grants for the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Doron earned an Executive Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a B.A. in English and American Studies from the College of Idaho.

Panelist: Mehul Patel, President, Software Solutions, Home, and Building Technology at Honeywell

Mehul Patel is a successful inventor, entrepreneur, and senior leader involved in the technology industries. With over 17 years of extensive experience in imaging technology, throughout his career, Mehul has consistently proven to be an asset to his employing organization in the area of engineering management and intellectual property. As a leading inventor in the field of imaging technology, he holds over 51 issued U.S. Patents and has over 45 U.S. Patents still pending. He also holds over 15 International Patents.

Presently, Mehul is the Chief Technical Officer and Vice President of Engineering for the Home and Building Technologies division of Honeywell. In this role, Mehul is responsible for leading the engineering organizations of Security and Fire Group, Environmental and Energy Solution, Smart Energy Group, Building Services and Software Solutions, and oversees all of the R&D efforts and new product development. Mehul holds an MBA from Columbia University. He has also earned both his B.S. and M.S. in Electronics Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology as an Honors Fellow in the B.S./M.S. Honors Program.

Panelist: Jonathan Rodriguez, Director of Product Marketing at Tridium

Jonathan Rodriguez is Tridium’s Director of Product Marketing, supporting the product management team as they bring new products from the ideation phase through development and commercialization.

Jonathan joined Tridium in 2011 to guide efforts on Niagara energy management products. He then served as the product manager for the core Niagara Framework, with a focus on bringing the next generation to market. He also has previous experience with product management and software development in the data center power quality and energy management industry.

Jonathan holds Bachelor’s degrees in Computer and Electrical Engineering along with a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University. He completed his MBA at the UNC-Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School.

Panelist: Alex Waibel, President at BuildingLogiX

Alex Waibel is the President of BuildingLogix and has been associated with integration, design, and education of Niagara for the last 10 years. He has been with BuildingLogix’s parent company Waibel Energy Systems since 2002. He is a 1996 graduate of Ohio State University.

BuildingLogix is a national distributor of open control platforms and a developer of Intelligent Service software. They work with contractors and end user client customers across the United States and North America to provide enterprise and BAS integration options for customers looking to break free of proprietary systems.


B5: Meeting the Growing Market Demand for a Skilled Workforce

April 12, 1:30pm - 3:00pm

The need for energy professionals at all levels is vast. Be it technicians, engineers, or professionals in marketing or executive leadership roles, candidates with an interest and expertise in the field are in demand. A panel of experts from academia and industry will weigh-in on the need and will present solutions currently in development that will meet the growing market demand for a skilled workforce in this field.

Moderator: Darrell Kain, Director, Business Services at NC Deptartment of Commerce

Darrell Kain is the Director of Business Services for the Department of Commerce- Workforce Solutions where he leads initiatives with prominent companies and industry sectors across North Carolina. Darrell has extensive experience in business outreach and partnerships and frequently speaks at conferences about public private partnerships. After graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Darrell served as a U.S. Army officer at Fort Bragg where he was promoted to the rank of Captain and successfully deployed a unit to Somalia. In addition to his regional and statewide experience in the public sector, Darrell has worked in the private sector in telecommunications and supply chain companies in the Research Triangle Park.

Panelist: John Clevenger, Professor/Instructional Program Director at Wake Technical Community College

John Clevenger has been an instructor with the Electronics Engineering Technology Department at Wake Tech since 1988 and has served as the Program Director since 2012. John worked in the commercial and residential construction industry for 15 years prior to beginning at Wake Tech. For the last three years John has lead a program with the Applied Engineering and Technology division that trains building automation technicians. John has attended workshops sponsored by the BEST Center on teaching materials and methodology, lab activities, and lab design to learn how other colleges have successfully implemented building automation programs. Under his direction, Wake Tech has submitted an application to the North Carolina Community College system for the approval of an Associate of Applied Engineering degree program in Building Automation Technology. Approval of the application is expected this spring, and the program is planned to begin at Wake Tech in the fall 2017 semester.

Panelist: Pam Carpenter, PhD, Director of Education and Workforce Development for FREEDM Systems Center at NC State University and PowerAmerica

Dr. Pam Page Carpenter is Director of Education for the National Science Foundation Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center headquartered at NC State University. She has developed and led science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs for secondary and post-secondary education areas of renewable energy, sustainability, and alternative transportation. She is affiliated associate professor in the Technology, Engineering, and Design department at NC State and earned her doctorate in Technology, Engineering, and Design in the College of Education at NC State University.

Panelist: Dr. David Young, Professor and Interim Director at Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC), UNC-Charlotte

David Young is a professor in the UNC-Charlotte Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, which he chaired for 18 years. Until recently, he served as the director of the IDEAS (Sustainability) Center and as director of the INES PhD Program. Currently, he serves as the associate director of the Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC). He has conducted research in the area of structures and materials, with much of his work funded by industry, publishing over 100 articles and reports on his work and presenting his work at conferences around the world. He is a registered professional engineer in NC and SC with 12 years of structural design and project management experience with several A/E consulting firms. Additionally, he started and managed his own forensics engineering firm for 12 years, and he continues to consult and give seminars. He supports and promotes the engineering profession by teaching review sessions for the FE exam and the PE exam and by serving on committees for ASCE and NSPE. Both have recognized his service to the education and engineering professions over the years with several awards including ASCE Outstanding Service and PENC Distinguished Service. In his current position as Associate Director of EPIC, administratively he is involved in energy-curricula, industry affiliates, international partners, business development, and technical operations. Regarding technical operations, he leads the energy infrastructure research cluster and directs the EPIC Hi-Bay testing laboratory. He frequently represents EPIC at conferences and meetings, serving on panels and giving presentations on education and energy.

Panelist: Tyra Metoyer, External Mobilization Manager at American Petroleum Institute

Panelist: Susan Sanford, Executive Director at Research Triangle Cleantech Center

Susan Sanford brings a broad mix of skills and personal traits to her role as the Executive Director of the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC). Susan was the Executive Director at Futures for Kids (F4K) and built the organization from a start-up to a sustainable organization through creating and cultivating relationships over her 10-year tenure. A collaborative problem solver, Susan created employer and educator advisory groups as means to continuously seek feedback to improve programs and services for multiple stakeholders. In Wake County, Susan worked with federal, county, and citizen stakeholders to create land-use recommendations for publicly-owned farmland. She is technically skilled in analyzing economic development issues, including labor markets and cluster development, and has over 15 years of experience in business development. Through her work in rural and urban North Carolina, and overseas in South Korea, Susan is highly competent in working with people from different backgrounds and cultures. Susan holds a Master’s in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill.