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

Schedule-At-A-Glance


 

Keynotes



8:30 - 10 a.m.   TUESDAY MORNING KEYNOTE PLENARY

The Future of North Carolina Utility Scale Clean energy generation – Can customer needs and carbon goals be met?


Noon - 1:15 p.m.   TUESDAY LUNCHEON KEYNOTE

How Clean Energy Manufacturing is Set to Transform North Carolina


8:30-10 a.m.   WEDNESDAY MORNING KEYNOTE PLENARY

Leading through Innovation — A look around the country at Cutting-Edge Utility Programs to Drive Clean Energy Deployment


Noon - 1:15 p.m.   WEDNESDAY LUNCHEON KEYNOTE

Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast — The Current and Future State of Distributed Resources in North Carolina

Tuesday, April 23, 2024



7:30 - 8:30 a.m.   Registration

8:30-10 a.m.   MORNING KEYNOTE

The Future of North Carolina Utility Scale Clean energy generation – Can customer needs and carbon goals be met?


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

10:30 a.m. - Noon   CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Track: Residential Homes/Clean Transportation

Weatherization Woes; Speed Dating for Solutions

Panelists will provide a brief explanation of their largest roadblock to completing Weatherization, or the solutions they bring to keep Weatherization moving along. Connections made should lead to solutions for utilities, contractors and Weatherization Assistance Providers.

Track: Commercial & Industrial Buildings

Commercial Energy Code Review

There have been significant changes in the energy conservation code over the last several years, and many new technologies have been proven to meet the new, demanding standards. This session will provide practitioners with a detailed review of the changes in the North Carolina Commercial Energy Code. Leading representatives from across the state will provide a deep dive into the code, and participants will walk away with a deeper knowledge of how to approach design with the new code.

Track: Governmental & Institutional Buildings

Executive Order 80 Update - 5 Year Check-In: How Have Agencies Progressed Toward Their Goals?

It's been over five years since Executive Order 80 was signed by Governor Cooper. In this session, we will review the agencies' progress towards achieving these goals and what strategies have been most effective.

Track: Renewable Energy

Pathways to Carbon Compliance: Progress & Necessary Actions

In this session, we'll explore North Carolina's current progress toward carbon emissions reductions and what's needed to meet the statutory requirements in HB951. This panel may cover aspects of the Carbon Plan proceedings but will focus on the technical and policy needs (even outside of CPIRP proceedings) to accelerate emissions reductions in the electricity sector.

Track: Utilities & Infrastructure

Virtual Power Plants: The Opportunity for Distributed Energy Resource Aggregation

"Virtual power plant" is one of the biggest buzz words in the energy sector, typically referring to the controlled aggregation of distributed energy resources at a scale that can provide substantial generating capacity or load reduction. This session will discuss different models for virtual power plants, active efforts in North Carolina, and what the potential opportunity for virtual power plants is in the state.

Track: Innovative Technology and Deployment

Microgrids: The Future of Energy Management

From electric vehicle (EV) chargers to solar power, the proliferation of distributed energy resources in North Carolina is increasing. While this is an important step to reaching our decarbonization goals, this also presents new challenges for how to manage these increasing energy sources. Microgrids serve as an effective solution to incorporate decentralized energy resources and revolutionize energy management. This panel will feature companies leading the way in innovative microgrid deployments that are helping meet the energy needs of communities across the nation.


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

How Clean Energy Manufacturing is Set to Transform North Carolina


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

1:30 - 3 p.m   CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Track: Residential Homes/Clean Transportation

The State of Affordable Housing and LMI Landscapes

This session will discuss the roadblocks for Affordable Housing developers and the lessons learned with increasing interest in the Inflation Reduction Act and what is upcoming for North Carolina.

Track: Commercial & Industrial Buildings

EV Charging Retrofits for Multifamily and Commercial Buildings

Most EV charging is expected to happen at slow rates using Level 2 chargers. Many of these chargers will be installed at homes and businesses. Multifamily housing poses a significant challenge because landlords and owners will need to install chargers for tenants. This poses a risk for the long-term adoption of EVs. Additionally, many workers are coming to expect charging opportunities at the office, but owners need to understand the value and develop ways to adopt charging technology without significant expense. This session will investigate methods for retrofitting EV charging into existing facilities, and will examine solutions for adopting the technology.

Track: Governmental & Institutional Buildings

Solar Funding Models for the Public Sector

Interested in getting solar for your governmental entity? We will review all of the following financial options to help you decide which is best for your specific case: Leasing, Performance Contracting, Bonds, Utility Ownership/Partnership, Federal Incentives & the Investment Tax Credit

Track: Renewable Energy

The Boomerang Effect: How to Re-accelerate NC's Clean Energy Leadership

Up until 2017, North Carolina was #2 in the nation for solar largely attributed to utility-scale development after 2007. Since that time, we've seen a slowdown in solar growth, while other states like Texas and Florida have surpassed our place on the leaderboard. How do we reinvigorate our clean energy economy through policy and innovation to maintain our place on the leaderboard?

Track: Utilities & Infrastructure

Market Structures for the Energy Transition

In this session, panelists will discuss electricity market structures and their impacts on the energy transition. Topics of discussion will include the Southeast Energy Exchange Market (SEEM), regional transmission organizations, and competitive resource procurement, as well as South Carolina's recent study of energy market reforms. Panelists will explore the benefits and drawbacks to market structures and whether potential reforms could facilitate North Carolina's energy transition.

Track: Innovative Technology and Deployment

Energy Innovations and Their Role in Shaping Tomorrow's Landscape

Emerging energy technologies, including hydrogen, Small Modular Reactors (SMRs), and Long Duration Energy Storage (LDES), hold significant potential in shaping the future energy landscape. The crucial need for ongoing advancements and innovations in these technologies raises questions about their integration, functionality alongside near-term technologies, and their role within initiatives like North Carolina’s Carbon Plan. This panel aims to explore the opportunities, challenges and the current status of these long-term energy solutions, shedding light on their potential place within the evolving energy framework.


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

3:30 - 5 p.m   CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Track: Residential Homes/Clean Transportation

Demystifying Solar for All: Understanding the Contracting Process

To assist in providing access to LMI communities, the Solar for All program has been created to close the gap. This session will provide details on the goals and impacts of the Solar for All program, and discuss the method of engaging contractors.

Track: Commercial & Industrial Buildings

Energy Efficiency & Best Practices in Multi-Family Development: Case Studies

Multifamily housing has been growing significantly in recent years. Investment in this sector nearly doubled between 2015 and 2021, and new apartment units in 2024 are expected to reach levels not seen since the early 1970s. This session will focus on best practices for energy conservation in these projects. The session will use a case-study based format designed to provide practitioners and owners with strategies and examples that can be used in new and upcoming projects.

Track: Governmental & Institutional Buildings

Bi-Directional EVSE Technology

Want to unlock the resilience benefits of EV batteries to support your infrastructure? Bi-Directional EVSE Technology can help you provide Vehicle to Building (V2B) and Vehicle to Grid (V2G) charging, often in conjunction with Distributed Energy Resources and Microgrids.

Track: Renewable Energy

Perceptions and Experiences of Clean Energy in Rural and Urban Communities - Fact v. Fiction

In this session, we'll examine some of the new challenges, along with local opposition that clean energy projects are increasingly facing in communities across the state. We’ll also talk about the benefits clean energy projects bring to rural communities and address issues around the urban/rural divide.

Track: Utilities & Infrastructure

North Carolina's Generation Mix: What Do We Need to Meet the Demands of a Next-Generation Power System?

While reliability, affordability, and safety have historically been the primary goals for the electricity system, customers are increasingly demanding more from their energy providers, including decarbonization, resilience, and community benefits. This session will explore the relative role of different power generation resources and the appropriate generation mix to meet the goals of North Carolina's next-generation electric system.

Track: Innovative Technology and Deployment

DC Fast Charging: Lessons Learned and Opportunities for Collaboration

While much of the technology and infrastructure behind EV Fast Charging is largely established, there is still much to learn about the impacts EV Fast Charging will have on the grid. Between pilot programs and existing EV charging vendors, there have been many lessons learned. Join us as we explore these lessons and discuss how utilities, EV charging vendors, electric infrastructure companies, and real estate developers can better collaborate to plan and deploy EV infrastructure.


5 - 7 p.m.   Networking Reception in Exhibit hall

Wednesday, April 24, 2024



7:30 - 8:30 a.m.   Registration

8:30-10 a.m.   MORNING KEYNOTE

Leading through Innovation — A look around the country at Cutting-Edge Utility Programs to Drive Clean Energy Deployment


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

10:30 a.m. - Noon   CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Track: Residential Homes/Clean Transportation

Expanding Access to Electric Transportation Throughout North Carolina

The distribution of privately owned electric vehicles is uneven throughout North Carolina and is currently concentrated in urban areas and higher-income households. This session will discuss efforts to increase access to electric transportation for everyone in North Carolina.

Track: Commercial & Industrial Buildings

The Future of the Commercial Office Environment: Best Practices for Design in a Work-from-Home World

Even before the pandemic, the office environment was changing. Work/life balance, wellness, and other issues were already leading to changes in the office environment. Those changes are only accelerating post pandemic. Today, many offices remain vacant. This session will address how companies are changing their approach to the office environment. The session will cover best practices for the modern office, including case studies showing how leading companies are looking to modernize and make facilities more attractive to customers.

Track: Governmental & Institutional Buildings

Virtual Energy Auditing: How far can you get without taking a step?

Can energy savings opportunities in buildings be identified merely from readily available data? The City of Durham and Durham Public Schools collaborated with Enpira to put the idea to the test and consolidated all available energy data on their facilities. Enpira leveraged the results from ASHRAE Level 1 audits of the facilities to create a set of metrics that predict how much energy savings are available in each building through recommissioning. This panel will address the sources of energy savings identified in the facilities and schools, and the extent to which readily available data and advanced analytics can be leveraged for virtual energy auditing and savings opportunity identification.

Track: Renewable Energy

Reliably Meeting our Growing Electricity Demand

In this panel, we'll discuss load growth projections for North Carolina, given the increasing population, new manufacturing, and increased electric devices, and how this will shape the future of our electric grid. At the same time, we'll also cover the need to maintain reliability considering increased demand and how utilities are planning to balance those needs.

Track: Utilities & Infrastructure

The Role of Electric Cooperatives and Municipal Utilities in Power Decarbonization

Electric cooperatives and municipal utilities serve over 3 million customers in the state of North Carolina. This session will discuss how these utilities are working toward decarbonizing their systems, including the unique opportunities and challenges faced by electric cooperatives and municipal utilities.

Track: Innovative Technology and Deployment

Decarbonizing Industry: Exploring Strategies and Solutions

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, industrial emissions represent 30 percent of carbon dioxide produced in the United States. The adoption of energy technologies in industrial facilities is crucial for reaching our nation’s carbon reduction goals. Not only will this transition significantly reduce carbon emissions for facilitates but can also boost productivity and reduce operating costs. Many companies have developed innovative technologies and management tools to help industry take steps towards decarbonization. Hear from these leaders and directly from the manufacturing industry about the options that are available, the benefits and how companies of any size can start their decarbonization journeys.


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

Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast — The Current and Future State of Distributed Resources in North Carolina


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

1:30 - 3 p.m   CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Track: Residential Homes/Clean Transportation

Innovative Financing of Clean Transportation Projects

This session will discuss different options for financing clean transportation projects. Topics will include leasing of equipment, the use of tax credits, and how to combine tax credits and other sources of funding.

Track: Commercial & Industrial Buildings

Technology Innovations in Commercial Buildings and Multifamily Housing

Many new technologies are being deployed in both multifamily housing and commercial offices. This session will focus on some specific case studies showing how specific technologies have been deployed and used. Those in the practice will walk away from this session with a deeper understanding of how specific technologies have been deployed in practice.

Track: Governmental & Institutional Buildings

Empowering Energy-Efficient Design: Long-Term Energy Efficiency in New Construction

In the realm of new construction, the journey toward energy efficiency begins long before groundbreaking. This presentation delves into the critical early-stage design analysis, where pivotal decisions are made. The focus will be on how these initial choices not only influence the immediate build but yield long-term enduring benefits in energy efficiency. Drawing from real-world case studies, this presentation will explore the symbiotic relationship between design choices and the subsequent performance of 100+ buildings. Attendees will be taken through the new construction process, spanning from early-stage design analysis to post occupancy outcomes.

Track: Renewable Energy

Meeting Customer Needs - The Necessary Programs, Regulatory Structures, and Business Models

Many large customers in North Carolina are driven by carbon emissions and sustainability goals. How do we ensure programs or structures are in place to help these customers meet their goals? How do we ensure residential customers can increasingly offset their electricity use with renewable energy? In this panel, we’ll dive into the innovative programs and structures that enable residential and non-residential customers to deploy clean energy projects behind the meter or procure clean electrons. We’ll also talk about programs recently approved by the NC Utilities Commission like PowerPair.

Track: Utilities & Infrastructure

Connecting to the Grid: How Do We Build Out North Carolina's Transmission System?

Many suggest that in order to meet growing electricity demand, as well as the state's decarbonization and offshore wind development goals, significant investments in transmission are needed. This session will examine the state's transmission needs, the path to building out transmission infrastructure, as well as innovative approaches to transmission development.

Track: Innovative Technology and Deployment

Innovative Business Models in Clean Energy

North Carolina is a leader in the development of innovative clean energy technologies, but many in our state are developing innovative business models to help accelerate the clean energy transition. From utilities to industry, North Carolina has deployed technologies and programs that are assisting homeowners and companies simultaneously reach their decarbonization goals and reduce energy costs. Join us as we learn about projects helping North Carolina make clean energy and energy savings a reality.


3:30 p.m.   Conference Adjourns