2019 State Energy Coference of North Carolina: Connecting North Carolina's diverse energy economy
75+

speakers

30

sessions

6

tracks

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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TRACK A:
Residential Homes
TRACK B:
Commercial & Industrial Energy Use
TRACK C:
Governmental & Institutional Buildings
TRACK D:
Utilities & Infrastructure
TRACK E:
Research & Innovation
TRACK F:
Renewable Energy

7:30 am-8:30 am   Networking Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:30 am – 10:00 am   Introduction Speaker: Scott Dorney, Executive Director, NC Military Business Center
Keynote Speaker: Addison Davis, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Energy, Installations and Environment

10:30 am – Noon

Session A1:

The ERI Option for 2018 NC Energy Code Compliance

This session will provide a high-level overview of North Carolina's new 2018 residential energy code, with a focus on the newly established Energy Rating Index (ERI) option for compliance. The ERI option allows builders to pass energy code by meeting a minimum ERI score, more commonly referred to as a Home Energy Rating Score (HERS). The new code and ERI option will go into effect for all new homes permitted on or after January 1, 2019.

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Session B1:

Smart Solutions for Smart Campuses (joint Session with Gov't track)

The Research Triangle region of North Carolina is home to some of the most influential and impactful companies, universities, and municipalities. Paying homage to their long history of talent and innovation, each of these sectors has begun deploying a suite of solutions designed to create smarter, more connected hubs of innovation and activity, all the while improving efficiency and reducing energy consumption. Hear from the leaders of the region creating and deploying smart building, grid, lighting, water and parking solutions.

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Session C1:

Smart Solutions for Smart Campuses (joint session with Commercial track)

The Research Triangle region of North Carolina is home to some of the most influential and impactful companies, universities and municipalities. Paying homage to their long history of talent and innovation, each of these sectors has begun deploying a suite of solutions designed to create smarter, more connected hubs of innovation and activity, all the while improving efficiency and reducing energy consumption. Hear from the leaders of the region creating and deploying smart building, grid, lighting, water and parking solutions.

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Session D1:

Evolution of North Carolina's Power Grid

The electric power grid continues to adapt to environmental and technology changes. Variable renewable generation, the rapid increase in distributed generation, the availability of demand management technology and energy efficient products, and an increase in severe weather have increased what is expected of utilities from just a few years ago. Sustainability, resiliency, and management of thousands, rather than the previous dozens of power generation delivery points, must be managed. Power delivery must be responsive to customer requirements. The grid must evolve to meet these needs and this session will explore how that is being accomplished.

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Session E1:

Public + Private Partnerships

Hear about the latest clean energy innovations that are springing from collaborations between the business and research sectors in North Carolina. University energy research and extension centers play a key role in connecting and meeting the needs of the clean energy sector through these partnerships. This panel discussion will explore successes and challenges, and ways we can enhance this exchange of ideas and resources.

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Session F1:

Mission Compatible: How Developers, the Military, and Other Stakeholders Work to Insure Wind Projects Don't Jeopardize Military Readiness

Learn about the many siting tools that are used to ensure wind turbines don't unduly impact military preparedness. Topics will focus on the DoD Siting Clearinghouse process and the various inputs, how developers evaluate potential sites and work with the military before even beginning construction, and other land use planning initiatives that help to identify where wind is best suited. You will walk away from this panel with a full appreciation of the extraordinary amount of time and effort that goes into addressing potential impacts.

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Noon - 1:15 pm   Lunch and Keynote Speaker: Ron Jarvis, VP, Sustainability, Home Depot

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Session A2:

Driving on Solar Miles: Integrating Residential Solar and Electric Vehicle Charging

This panel of industry experts will discuss options that are available today for integrating residential solar with electric vehicle charging. Panelists will address some of the most commonly used technologies of today, as well as the future of residential solar, electric vehicle charging and the grid.

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Session B2:

Innovative Solutions for Efficient Manufacturing

North Carolina has long been a stronghold in manufacturing, starting with textiles, furniture and tobacco. The future of manufacturing in our region rests on a new wave of innovation that includes the use of robots for automation, IoT hardware and software to monitor processes, and analytics to deliver actionable insights on the energy demands of buildings and manufacturing equipment. This panel will feature some of the region’s most prominent manufacturing thought leaders along with the manufacturers implementing these innovative solutions.

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Session C2:

Smart Labs—How to Safely Cut Research Laboratory Energy Consumption in Half

Research facilities have large carbon footprints because laboratories are energy-intensive, typically constituting two-thirds of the utilities consumed by these institutions; safely reducing laboratory energy consumption is the primary way to shrink their carbon footprints. Developed at the University of California Irvine, Smart Labs sets new standards for performance and raises the bar for all laboratories by improving safety, while cutting energy consumption by over 50 percent. Learn how the U.S. Department of Energy Smart Labs Accelerator is working with universities, federal agencies, national laboratories, hospitals and corporations to advance the Smart Labs process.

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Session D2:

The Future of Nuclear Power

With the cancellation of South Carolina’s VC Summer Plant, and the recent finding by the Georgia Public Service Commission Staff that proceeding with Georgia’s Vogtle Plant will not be “prudent,” new conventional nuclear station construction in the United States is unlikely. In addition, questions exist as to the continued operation of the country’s aging nuclear fleet. This session will explore the value of continuing to operate the country’s existing nuclear fleet and/or accelerating the development of the more than 40 advanced and small modular nuclear designs being developed now in the United States.

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Session E2:

Implementing Cybersecurity Projects

Cybersecurity is a need we all understand is important, but how do we know what is required, and how to implement and maintain it? These overarching questions are important to ensure cybersecurity is not an afterthought. In this session, experts on cybersecurity will share their experience on implementing cybersecurity on clean energy and energy efficiency projects.

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Session F2:

Responsible Land Use Recommendations for Utility Scale Solar Development

A developer’s first priority is seeing a solar project through to the finish line. More community education and outreach from developers can both facilitate that goal and bring other intangible benefits, building broader grassroots support for solar that helps pave the way for the next project in that county or a neighboring community. This session will discuss local outreach tactics that inform every stage of solar development.

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3:00 - 3:30 pm   Networking break and Student research poster author Q&A

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Session A3:

North Carolina Energy Efficiency Policy Roundtable Discussion

Join policy advocates for a roundtable discussion on new efforts to bring supportive policy, regulatory and legislative change to North Carolina's residential energy efficiency industry. Actionable steps for industry advocates, contractors, utilities, state and local government representatives, regulators and others will be discussed.

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Session B3:

Environmental, Social and Governance Investing—What This Means for You

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing is having a growing impact on financial markets and many businesses and organizations. This session will explain this trend, indices such as the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, and the myths and realities of high-impact investing. You will learn about one of the global benchmarking systems used to rank facilities and ways to improve rankings. Anyone with an investment portfolio will want to attend.

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Session C3:

Case Studies in Energy Efficiency

Learn about recent successful energy efficiency projects across North Carolina. This session will include speakers from North Carolina community colleges and school districts who have completed energy efficiency and capital improvement projects and want to share their experiences.

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Session D3:

Natural Gas Diversity and Development

North Carolina is supplied by only one interstate natural gas pipeline. In recent years, this pipeline has been reconstructed to accommodate bi-directional flow from natural gas production on the Gulf Coast and in Appalachia. However, North Carolina’s natural gas supplies continue to rely solely on that pipeline’s capacity and operation and is limited to service mainly in central and western North Carolina. This session will explore the likelihood of an alternative pipeline being built to serve eastern North Carolina and its benefit and cost.

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Session E3:

Innovative Financing for Community Solar

While the solar industry has well-established financing mechanisms for utility and residential installations, challenges still remain for finding efficient ways to finance community solar projects. Currently, most community solar projects do not possess the economies of scale to attract the necessary parties to efficiently monetize the tax incentives. Added to the complexity are ways to incorporate different community solar subscription models, especially ones that involve contribution of capital from the subscribers. This session will engage expert panelists to share potential financing solutions that will begin to address some of these challenges, including: ways to efficiently monetize the tax incentives, insights to providing sufficient returns and incentives to investors or the participating utilities, new strategies to engage the capital markets, implications of updated federal tax code, and methods of attracting and maintaining subscribers.

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Session F3:

The "Other" Renewables in North Carolina

Are there other renewables in North Carolina other than wind and solar? Absolutely. Come learn the latest about existing markets, technologies, and emerging applications for woody biomass, hydro-electric, and ocean energy renewable energies.

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5:00 pm – 7:00 pm   Networking Reception with Raleigh Brewing in the Exhibit Hall.
Sponsored by Duke University Energy Initiative.



Wednesday, April 18, 2018

TRACK A:
Residential Homes
TRACK B:
Commercial & Industrial Energy Use
TRACK C:
Governmental & Institutional Buildings
TRACK D:
Utilities & Infrastructure
TRACK E:
Research & Innovation
TRACK F:
Renewable Energy

7:30 am-8:30 am   Networking Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

8:30 am – 10:00 am    Welcome and Introduction Speaker David Doctor, President and CEO, E4 Carolinas

Keynote Plenary on The Future of Energy

John Downey, Charlotte Business Journal (moderator)    |     Kendal C. Bowman, Vice president of regulatory affairs and policy for North Carolina, Duke Energy   |     David McGowan, Executive Director, NC Petroleum Council   |     Ivan Urlaub, Executive Director, NC Sustainable Energy Association    |     Michael Youth, NC Electric Cooperatives


10:30 am – Noon

Session A4:

Grid Modernization and Renewable Energy Initiatives by North Carolina Electric Cooperatives and Municipal Utilities

Electric municipal utilities and electric cooperatives serve electricity to a number of cities and counties in North Carolina. These munis and electric coops have taken significant steps toward modernization of their grids, integrating renewable energy and efficiency in their service territories. The panel will discuss some of the current initiatives and share the lessons learned.

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Session B4:

Innovation in Energy

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 about real-world applications and cutting-edge technology as applied in a variety of facilities.

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Session C4:

Creating Clean Energy Opportunities in Wastewater

Drinking water and wastewater systems are critical infrastructure systems for protecting public health and the environment. To provide these services, each year they use about 3-4 percent of the energy use in the United States, emit more than 45 million tons of greenhouse gases, and easily spend many billions of dollars on energy. With nearly 15,000 wastewater treatment plants across the country (about 350 of which are in North Carolina), there is opportunity to reduce the cost of this energy use to the environment and the bottom line. Moreover, wastewater facilities have the potential to produce the energy needed to not only treat our water, but to help heat and power the cities that depend on them. This session will unveil strategies being implemented by wastewater utilities across the state to reduce and create energy, highlighting the clean energy opportunities in wastewater.

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Session D4:

The “Game Changer”

Distributed generation is beginning to place demands on power grid operation which current, outmoded grid technology at some point will not be able to wholly accommodate. Additionally, customer interest in better managing power consumption has heightened. Power storage is now not only of interest, but is economic and is being installed by utilities and customers. This session will describe the potential for near-term storage implementation on a national and what may be expected in North Carolina under HB 589.

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Session E4:

Innovation Behind the Meter

An often overlooked aspect of electric grid efficiency is the potential that exists on the customer's side of the meter. This session will cover ways that behind-the-meter deployment of efficiency, demand response, generation and storage technologies can lower costs for both utilities and their customers. North Carolina is starting to move in this direction, but what are the strategies and incentives that will lead to the best outcome?

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Session F4:

House Bill 589 Impacts on Residential and Commercial Solar in North Carolina

In July 2017, Governor Cooper signed House Bill 589 into law, bringing significant changes to North Carolina's clean energy economy. The law is a result of nearly one year of stakeholder discussions and includes new opportunities as well as potential challenges for the future development of residential and commercial solar photovoltaic facilities. Learn more about how these changes, including a new solar rebate program, the authorization of solar leasing and net metering rate revisions, will impact North Carolina's small-scale solar market.

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Noon - 1:15 pm   Welcome and Introduction Speaker Susan Sanford, Executive Director, Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster
Lunch and Keynote Speaker: Greg Scheu, President, Americas Region, ABB

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Session A5:

Next Generation of Energy Technologies for the Residential Sector

The panel will discuss the next generation of emerging and available technologies—such as energy storage, DC power, electric vehicle charging and blockchains—that have been developed to optimize and better integrate renewable energy systems. The panel will provide their insight to some of the regulatory and market barriers, and the role these new technologies can have for developing smarter, efficient and sustainable home energy systems.

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Session B5:

Trends in Data, Analytics and Optimization for Your Facility

Facility systems continue to grow in complexity and the amount of data collected. This session will review what is being done with data systems and analytics to help improve business metrics, improve data security, increase systems' life-cycles and improve resiliency.

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Session C5:

Easy Money: Utility Data Map to Buried Treasure

Under the Utility Savings Initiative, find out how some government building owners have found hundreds of thousands of dollars in savings, not related to projects. Find out what your utility bill can reveal to you beyond the Amount Due. Learn the ropes with utility bills and contracts for existing buildings and new construction. Actual savings examples will be covered with electric, natural gas and water-sewer utilities, which can be applied to all building sectors. Also, receive the latest information on the recent experiences with LED lighting.

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Session D5:

Energy Policy Update on NC House Bill 589

During the 2017 regular North Carolina General Assembly session, House Bill #589: Competitive Solutions for North Carolina, was adopted and subsequently signed by the governor. The bill changes the manner by which distributed generation projects are connected to the power grid, creates the opportunity to explore community solar and provides for the study of power storage. This session will examine the status of HB 589 since its passage and the manner in which it will likely be implemented.

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Session E5:

Using Data to Increase Energy Efficiency for Low-Income Households

This session will provide you with updates on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Powering Energy Efficiency & Impacts Framework project. Learn about efforts to bring together publicly available information with local utility energy data and low-income energy service providers in a five county region in North Carolina. The results will help drive household energy efficiency and organizational efficiency and collaboration to better serve low-income residents.

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Session F5:

North Carolina Biogas Rising

There’s been considerable movement in the past year with respect to agricultural biogas and it appears that it’s going to be flowing soon in North Carolina in significant volumes. This panel will discuss the story behind biogas’ rise, including market forces, technology advancements, and greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments. It will also discuss what biogas production and transport means for the places and communities from which it will be sourced, what it means for North Carolina, and how our biogas resources fit into a broader national context. Panelists will also discuss what needs to happen now to make sure that the state’s biogas resources are not only developed to their full potential but done in a responsible way that provides multiple benefits to all stakeholders.

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3:15    Conference concludes