2023 State Energy Coference of North Carolina: Connecting North Carolina's diverse energy economy
70+

speakers

30

sessions

6

tracks

Schedule-At-A-Glance


Schedule-At-A-Glance 2022

 

Pre-Recorded Hot Topic Sessions


Hot Topcs 2022

 

Hot Topics are deep dive 45 minute online sessions led by experts in the industry. Attendees can listen to these throughout the conference and for up to two weeks after the event.

 

Economic Development and Redevelopment Opportunities in a Post-951 North Carolina
A panel discussion on the intersection of economic development and the transition to cleaner energy facilitated by the enactment of House Bill 951.
 
Christina Cress, Moderator, Partner, Bailey & Dixon, LLP | Andrew Tate, Director of Economic Development, Duke Energy | PJ Klein, Business Continuity Program Manager and Assistant Division Energy Manager, Corning Incorporated

 

Curbside EV Charging: A Scalable Solution?
The vast majority of EV charging is expected to happen at home, but only about half of US vehicles have access to dedicated off-street parking spaces. This conundrum has serious equity implications, and it threatens the mass rollout of electric vehicles. One possible solution is the use of Level 2 curbside charging stations installed in the public right-of-way using existing streetlight infrastructure. This panel includes two speakers that have been at the forefront of deploying such charging stations, one in North Carolina and one in Kansas City. The panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities for this technology solution.
 
Robert Cox, Moderator, Associate Director, EPIC at UNC Charlotte | Jason Wager, AICP CEP, Assistant Regional Planning, Director & Coordinator, Centralina Clean Fuels Coalition, Centralina Regional Council | Miriam Bouallegue, Program Manager, Sustainable Transportation, Metropolitan Energy Center, Kansas City


 

Clean Energy Sector Workforce Development
NCA&T with its many collaborators has been developing pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs for the Clean Energy sector in NC. Both "Energy Efficiency" and "Solar" apprenticeship programs have been registered through ApprenticeshipNC. Work over the past 2 years, and a few very large proposals (to the Dept of Commerce and Dept of Labor) for full development of a Clean Energy workforce solution will be presented.
 
Dr. Greg Monty, Director, Center for Energy Research and Technology, NCA&T State University

 

How to Build a Smart City
This panel discussion will illustrate the power of a collaborative partnership between a local North Carolina developer and a global technology provider coming together to create Smart City. Intelligent infrastructure systems and services being delivered to Eastfield Crossing in Selma, NC are driven by vision, and inspired by innovation to create a highly desired user experience. Eastfield Associates and Siemens Smart Infrastructure wish to share the possibilities of what technology has to offer when vision and discovery leads the development process. This panel discussion will seek to explore how technology is being contoured to the vision and how systems and services will be connected to deliver that vision.
 
Tim Gasper, PE, Moderator, NC Energy Solutions Team Leader at Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Inc. | Mark McDonnell, Adventure Development developer of Eastfield | Marty Skolnick, North American Director of Business Development - Connected Real Estate Innovation at Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Inc. | Daniel Flint, CEM, CEA/Panelist, Account Executive at Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Inc.


 

The DiCE Story: Diverse Suppliers in Clean Energy
The Diversity in Clean Energy (DiCE) initiative is an action-based coalition, convened by Duke Energy, alongside corporations such as Kroger, Microsoft and T-Mobile, and representatives of diverse-owned businesses operating. The purpose of the DiCE coalition is to drive towards more diverse, inclusive and equitable practices in the sourcing, supply chain and supplier selections across the clean energy value chain of participating members. Learn from corporations and clean energy suppliers leading the industry to address the need for inclusivity and engage with diverse-owned businesses operating within the clean energy industry.
 
Allison Carr, Moderator, Clean Energy Training Specialist, NC Clean Energy Technology Center | Cheryl Comer, Senior Strategic Account Manager, Duke Energy | Denis George, Manager, Energy & Legal, Kroger | Van Vincent, President & CEO, VLV Development and Partner, VGI Energy Solutions

 

Tuesday, April 26, 2022



7:30 - 8:30 a.m.   Registration

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.    Welcome and Introductions: Steve Kalland, Executive Director, NC Clean Energy Technology Center
8:50 - 9:05 a.m.    Keynote: Will Giese, Southeast Regional Director, Solar Energy Industries Association
9:10 - 10 a.m.    Keynote Plenary: North Carolina Energy Policy 2022: What's in Play?
Betsy McCorkle, Partner, Kairos Government Affairs (Moderator)
Tyler Norris, Head of Development and Policy - Southeast, Cypress Creek Renewables
Nelle Hotchkiss, Senior Vice President and COO, Association Services, NC's Electric Cooperatives
Dionne Delli-Gatti, State Clean Energy Director, North Carolina Governor’s Office
Representative Jason Saine, North Carolina General Assembly

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

10:30 a.m. - Noon   CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Track: Residential Homes/Clean Transportation

Net Metering in the Carolinas: What is Its Future?

Net metering is a billing arrangement where a customer who generates their own electricity (through solar PV for example) is able to get a credit for any extra energy used on their electricity bill. It is a driving force for solar energy use. The net metering policy environment in North Carolina has recently undergone a significant change. Duke Energy and clean energy advocates reached an agreement on proposed net metering rate design in late 2021. The proposed North Carolina program mirrors the one that is currently active in South Carolina but it is different in many respects. This session will provide both the national perspective on net metering, as well as the environment for net metering in the Carolinas and share insights on how the industry and large energy consumers view the settlement.

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Track: Commercial & Industrial Buildings

Designing for Energy Efficiency and Decarbonization

To reduce operating costs and to design net-zero-ready buildings, there has been a renewed focus on designing buildings with energy efficiency in mind from the beginning. One major development has been the arrival of ASHRAE Standard 209-2018 which focuses on using energy models iteratively throughout the design process.

This session brings together a diverse group of stakeholders involved in the design of new buildings and major renovation projects. It considers elements of simulation-aided design and also the need to focus on building operations.

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Track: Governmental & Institutional Buildings

The Importance of Energy Resiliency in Government

In 2022, storm preparedness and the resiliency of our energy is essential across the entire state of North Carolina. This session will explore energy resiliency projects that have been implemented to support a variety of critical government functions and what the future of resiliency may look like.

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Track: Renewable Energy

Offshore Wind Opportunities in North Carolina

Virginia’s economic strategy with offshore wind has been named a success. In this session, panelists will cover topics such as: What is the plan to ensure North Carolina’s goals and strategy are strategic and will strengthen our economy while adding wind electrons to the North Carolina grid? What’s the timeline on major milestones? How will a wind power industry strengthen our economy and be implemented in an equitable and inclusive way?

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Track: Utilities & Infrastructure

Building a Clean Hydrogen Economy

De-carbonizing energy consumption through the replacement of fossil fuels with clean-burning hydrogen is being accelerated by the nearly $10 billion of federal grants appropriated in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. This panel highlights the clean hydrogen plan being developed for the Southeast, as well as the role electric and gas utilities may play in the production, transport, distribution, and consumption of hydrogen.

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Track: Energy Innovation & Deployment

Infrastructure, Investment and Jobs Act in Energy Infrastructure

In November 2021, the $1.2 trillion bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) became law. The bill features several provisions which target electric transmission and distribution systems. Specifically, $65 billion will go to enhancing grid reliability focusing on transmission lines, demand response, and distributed energy resources. An additional $5 billion from the IIJA is earmarked for states to build a national electric vehicle (EV) charging network and $2.5 billion is set aside for a competitive EV charging grant program. This session will summarize the provisions of the IIJA focused on grid and EV investments and will outline how the federal and state governments plan to distribute funds and how businesses and communities plan to leverage funding.

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Noon - 1:45 p.m.   Lunch & KEYNOTE SESSION

Appalachian State University, Solar District Cup Student Team Presentation
1 - 1:45 p.m.    Keynote Plenary: Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast Live: The Energy Stories We’re Talking about in 2022
Matt Abele, Director of Marketing and Communications, NC Sustainable Energy Association (Moderator)
David Boraks, Climate Change Veteran Journalist, WFAE
Elizabeth Ouzts, Reporter, Energy News Network
Catherine Morehouse, Federal Energy Reporter, POLITICO

Plenary description: Join us for a live recording of the Squeaky Clean Energy Podcast hosted by the NC Sustainable Energy Association. In this recording, we'll take on North Carolina specific topics, such as HB951 implementation while also tackling regional and national energy stories that are set to impact how we all approach energy over the coming couple of years.


1:45 - 2 p.m.   Break and Exhibit Hall

2 - 3:30 p.m   CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Track: Residential Homes/Clean Transportation

Residential Energy: Diving Deep into Current Issues

This session will focus on current issues and innovations in the residential energy sector. Speakers will address separate topics of current interest such as energy resilience, customer programs for residential energy efficiency, high performance homes, and the current status of the residential building energy code. Join this session for an update on advancements in the residential energy arena.

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Track: Commercial & Industrial Buildings

Addressing Barriers for Decarbonization in Existing Commercial Buildings

Cities throughout North Carolina have created aggressive goals around decarbonization. In Charlotte, for example, there is a community-wide goal to become a low carbon city by 2050 by reducing greenhouse gas emissions to below two tons of CO2 equivalent per person annually. Reaching such lofty goals will require policy actions such as benchmarking ordinances and Commercial PACE financing, as well as an appropriately trained workforce. This session will consider barriers which must be addressed to implement decarbonization goals.

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Track: Governmental & Institutional Buildings

Building a Carbon Neutrality Plan and an Energy Committee Within Your Organization

In this session, a few North Carolina municipalities will present their carbon neutrality plans. Panelists will address questions such as: How did they create the team to develop the plan? What did the process look like? What’s included in the plan and how do they plan to implement it?

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Track: Renewable Energy

Weathering the Storm (The Intersection of Resiliency and Energy Justice)

Panelists in this session will discuss the intersection of resiliency and energy justice. Through a justice-oriented lens, this session will focus on resiliency issues both fiscal and physical. The session will highlight some of the disproportionate energy-related impacts faced by North Carolina’s Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities, and examine emerging innovative opportunities to address those challenges—including developing resiliency hubs, utilizing distributed energy resources such as community solar, inclusive methods of storm recovery, and energy efficiency-oriented programs like the Weatherization Assistance Program and Pay As You Save.

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Track: Utilities & Infrastructure

North Carolina's Clean Energy Transition

North Carolina has a long and impressive history related to promoting clean energy. Twenty years ago the General Assembly passed the Clean Smokestacks Act. In 2009, North Carolina initiated a series of actions, including state tax incentive, an ambitious Renewable Portfolio Standard and a standard grid scale utility purchase contract which propelled North Carolina to be a national solar leader. More recently, North Carolina adopted a Clean Energy Plan and enacted House Bill 951 designed to attain power production carbon neutrality by 2050.

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Track: Energy Innovation & Deployment

Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS) - Integrating Diverse Assets to Enhance Flexibility, Reliability and Optimization

Distributed energy resource management systems (DERMS) are more than just systems to better manage distributed energy resources. DERMS can be a tool to aggregate, simplify, and optimize connected energy devices and distributed energy resources. DERMS offer many benefits, including increased reliability, greater flexibility, and the ability to assist utilities and communities adapt decarbonization goals. From customer-owned generation, to thermostats, to microgrids, this session will highlight the intricacies and benefits of deploying and maintaining a successful DERMS program.

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3:30 - 4 p.m.   Break and Exhibit Hall

4 - 5:30 p.m   CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Track: Residential Homes/Clean Transportation

Developments in Weatherization

In this session, attendees will learn about what is happening in weatherization nationally, and in the Southeastern United States. The panel will also discuss the federal funding in weatherization and the stipulations required for funding. Finally, the panel will outline the challenges associated with weatherization programs now and possible solutions.

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Track: Commercial & Industrial Buildings

Pathways for Decarbonization in the Industrial Sector

The industrial sector was responsible for nearly 30% of all greenhouse gas emissions in the United States in 2019. Because of the energy intensity of many processes in industrial production, it will be challenging to decarbonize this sector. Industrial facilities have higher thermal demands, more complex production demands, and elevated energy consumption.

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

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Track: Governmental & Institutional Buildings

Implementing the Energy Policies Impacting NC Government Buildings

Panelists in this session will review Executive Order 246, HB 951, and energy efficiency programs in the Federal Infrastructure Bill. Speakers will discuss the specific language and requirements included in each policy, as well as propose recommendations to achieving goals that are established therein.

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Track: Renewable Energy

How to Properly Value Renewables in IRPs

Modeling and valuing renewables can be difficult in an IRP. Between predicting future capital and fuel costs, accounting for transmission needs, and applying these assumptions to 8,760 hourly generation profiles, the room for error can be fairly large. In this session, our panelists will discuss these barriers and how to most accurately model and value renewables.

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Track: Utilities & Infrastructure

The Future of Central Generation

Renewable energy, mainly in the form of distributed energy resources, continues to substantially increase its contribution to clean power generation. Central generation, while in transition, will continue to supply most power in the near future. No new coal plants will be built and advanced nuclear generating technology is years from widespread commercialization, leaving natural gas as the central generation workhorse. The increased operating flexibility of central generation will be essential to distributed generation’s expansion.

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Track: Energy Innovation & Deployment

Transmission Infrastructure Solutions for Offshore Wind

Up and down the Atlantic coast, progress towards the large-scale deployment of offshore wind has been made. From the Coastal Virginia Offshore Wind pilot to progress associated with offshore wind leases, it is clear offshore wind is here to stay. A recently launched U.S. Department of Energy study, focused on offshore wind, highlights a key infrastructure requirement. What type of transmission infrastructure will be needed to support the offshore wind energy production? This session will highlight the current state of transmission infrastructure and what transmission solutions will be needed as offshore wind progresses.

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5:30 - 7 p.m.   Reception - featuring selections from    Trophy Brewing Logo

Wednesday, April 27, 2022



7:30 - 8:30 a.m.   Registration

8:30 - 8:35 a.m.    Opening Speaker: Machelle Baker Sanders,, Secretary of Commerce, State of North Carolina
8:50 - 9 a.m.    Welcome Speaker: Deb Wojcik, Executive Director, Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster
9 - 10 a.m.    Keynote Plenary: The Relationship of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) to Clean Energy Today
Brad Ives, Chief Executive Officer, Credo ESG Solutions Inc. (Moderator)
Erik Lensch, Chief Executive Officer, Leyline Renewable Capital, LLC
Michal Shepard, Director of Maintenance, Energy and Engineering, Harris Teeter
Ron Wages, Director, Diversity and Inclusion, Duke Energy Corporation
Maurie Lawrence, Vice President Sustainability, Associate General Counsel, Milliken and Company

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

10:30 a.m. - Noon   CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Track: Residential Homes/Clean Transportation

Alternative Fuel Vehicles and Climate Resiliency

This session will look at the challenges and opportunities posed by planning for alternative fuel vehicles in the context of climate resiliency. Planning for evacuation routes, and the potential for using electric vehicles and their infrastructure as backup storage, will be among the topics discussed.

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Track: Commercial & Industrial Buildings

Technology Innovations for Existing Commercial and Industrial Buildings

Many technologies and approaches have been developed to drive energy and water savings in new commercial buildings. Existing buildings still have a big opportunity to use technology to drive savings. Innovative tools can be used to address the barriers to decarbonization in existing buildings, and must include training the workforce to utilize technology in order to realize promised energy savings.

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.

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Track: Governmental & Institutional Buildings

Retro-Commissioning Controls & HVAC to Drive Energy & Cost Savings

Panelists in this session will discuss the savings outcomes and operational value that re-commissioning has provided and how to begin building a re-commissioning plan for a portfolio of buildings. Discussion will review the process of re-commissioning (performing TAB, functional testing, etc.)

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Track: Renewable Energy

In the Weeds of 951 Implementation

After nearly one year of discussions and negotiations, North Carolina lawmakers passed House Bill 951 Energy Solutions for North Carolina (HB951). This bill ushered in a suite of regulatory changes to the state’s energy policy landscape including, for the first time, a carbon emissions reduction mandate. HB951 was signed into law Oct. 13, 2021, after which time the NC Utilities Commission began opening dockets to implement the new law. As the NC Utilities Commission implements this legislation, North Carolina utilities and stakeholders will be required to assess energy infrastructure in the state and region which will be materially changed during this HB 951-required clean energy transition. This panel session will feature discussion of ongoing HB951 implementation proceedings, what’s expected, and what may come.

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Track: Utilities & Infrastructure

Power Market Access

Regulated utilities in North Carolina operate in a traditional regulated market structure. At its northern border, the regulated utilities operate in a deregulated wholesale market operated by the PJM (Pennsylvania Jersey Maryland) RTO (Regional Transmission Operator). Utilities in the Southeast recently have organized and secured Federal Energy Regulatory Commission authority to operate the Southeast Energy Exchange Market (SEEM). How SEEM work? This session will address how SEEM works, how it compares to the PJM RTO, and what is next--is there more to come?

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Track: Energy Innovation & Deployment

Innovative Microgrid Solutions and Deployment

Microgrids have become an important tool to enhance reliability and create a flexible grid which can incorporate a variety of distributed energy resources. But what’s next? From microgrids, which harness the energy of the ocean, to advanced microgrids which incorporate multiple generation sources and storage, this session will highlight cutting-edge research and deployment and will frame what the future of microgrids might look like.

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Noon - 1:45 p.m.   Lunch & KEYNOTE SESSION

12:30 - 12:45 p.m.    SolSmart Awards Recognition
12:50 - 1 p.m.    Welcome Speaker
1 - 1:45 p.m.    Keynote Speaker: Bill Nussey, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Freeing Energy
1:45 - 2 p.m.    Book Signing in the Exhibit Hall Following Keynote Session: Freeing Energy

1:45 - 2 p.m.   Break and Exhibit Hall

2 - 3:30 p.m   CONCURRENT SESSIONS

Track: Residential Homes/Clean Transportation

Innovations in Electric Vehicle Charging

This session will discuss current developments in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. Topics will include extreme fast charging, V2X technologies, and incorporating renewables and storage with charging.

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Track: Commercial & Industrial Buildings

The Future of Energy in Commercial Real Estate

The commercial building sector is changing rapidly and its future may look quite different from the buildings of today. There is a growing need to make buildings ready for technologies such as energy storage, PV, and electric vehicles. At the same time, the pandemic accelerated a trend that had already started prior—the interest in remote work. The arrival of the pandemic also changed perceptions about the importance of health of buildings. This session will focus on what’s being done to address these emerging trends.

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Track: Governmental & Institutional Buildings

Creative Financing for Energy Projects: Energy-as-a-Service Model and Performance Contracting

Presenters will discuss various EaaS models, financing structures and performance contracting. They will also review innovative funding options which provide capital for energy efficiency projects. Current federal stimulus funding opportunities will also be shared.

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Track: Renewable Energy

Renewable Natural Gas

North Carolina is rich in the agricultural resources that position the state to be a national leader in the production of Renewable Natural Gas (RNG). RNG provides the state’s manufacturing economy, including their transportation fleet, with opportunities to reduce carbon emissions. So what is the status of and outlook for RNG production in North Carolina? How much RNG production potential does North Carolina have and how is the fuel that is produced here currently being used? What are the economic and logistical factors that project developers consider when producing and marketing this fuel? What are some of the barriers to keeping this fuel in North Carolina, to support our industries and carbon reduction targets? Our panel of experts will discuss this important nexus of the state’s agricultural and industrial economies and will look into the future of the RNG industry and North Carolina’s role as a supplier of this low carbon fuel.

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Track: Utilities & Infrastructure

Energy Storage

Distributed energy produces an increasing share of power produced, but for the most part remains available “when the sun shines” and “when the wind blows.” Central generation, much of it fossil fueled, remains essential to “keeping the lights on.” Storage technologies are now emerging with the promise of transforming DER’s intermittency to be “load-following” and “generation enhancing.”

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Track: Energy Innovation & Deployment

Leveraging Technologies to Diversify Energy Mix and Meet Decarbonization Goals

Grid innovation is critically important as the United States and North Carolina increase efforts to diversify and decarbonize our energy generation mix. A variety of technologies will need to be deployed to meet the renewable energy and electrification goals, from improvements to transmission and distribution infrastructure, to electric vehicle technologies, to emerging energy storage solutions such as flow batteries. This panel will highlight some existing and emerging grid innovation solutions and discuss how we can integrate these into the electric grid to help facilitate the clean energy transition.

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3:30 p.m.   Conference Adjourns