Agenda - 2019 State Energy Conference of North Carolina
2019 State Energy Coference of North Carolina: Connecting North Carolina's diverse energy economy
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New cnference start and end times for 2019

2019 State Energy Conference Agenda


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Examine the impacts of energy technologies, policy and finance on customers at all levels of the energy marketplace:

  • Commercial & Industrial Buildings
  • Governmental & Institutional Buildings
  • Grid Modernization
  • Residential Homes
  • Renewable Energy
  • Utilities & Infrastructure

The agenda is subject to change.


Keynote Speakers

Govenor Roy Cooper

Governor Roy Cooper




Keynote Plenaries

Plenary: North Carolina Energy Policy 2019: What's in Play?

Plenary description:After a busy 2018 in energy policy, 2019 was initially expected to be fairly quiet. That turned out to not be the case. Beginning with Gov. Roy Cooper's announcement of Executive Order 80, and continuing with new energy bills in the legislature and ongoing energy dockets at the N.C. Utilities Commission, 2019 will be a pivotal year for energy policy in NC. Two panels of experts will talk about what's in play for energy policy in the administrative, legislative and regulatory forums.







Plenary: Advancing Clean Energy Solutions Through Stakeholder Collaborationss

Plenary description: Successful energy policies and programs are not created in a vacuum but instead are arrived at through collaboration and conversation – and not always easy conversations. North Carolina’s clean energy future is being shaped today by the productive work between diverse organizations seeking to bring about real change. Hear from different energy stakeholders on how they are working together to advance clean energy initiatives tailored to the different needs of our communities. The panel will take a look at what a cleaner energy future looks like in practice and highlight stakeholder collaboration success stories.




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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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7:00 am – 8:00 am Registration and continental breakfast

8:00 am – 10:00 am   Welcome and Introductions
Keynote Plenary: North Carolina Energy Policy 2019: What's in Play?
Keynote Speaker: Lidija Sekaric, Director of Strategy and Marketing, United States Center of Competence for Distributed Energy Systems (DES), SIEMENS

Plenary description:After a busy 2018 in energy policy, 2019 was initially expected to be fairly quiet. That turned out to not be the case. Beginning with Gov. Roy Cooper's announcement of Executive Order 80, and continuing with new energy bills in the legislature and ongoing energy dockets at the N.C. Utilities Commission, 2019 will be a pivotal year for energy policy in NC. Two panels of experts will talk about what's in play for energy policy in the administrative, legislative and regulatory forums.


10:00 am – 10:30 am    Exhibits, networking and refreshments:

10:30 am – Noon

Track A: Residential Homes

Session A1:

Residential Buildings in 2024, 2030 and Beyond: Charting a Course for Smart, Efficient and Resilient Homes

What will it take to push North Carolina’s new and existing residential homes to be smart, efficient and resilient in 2024, 2030 and beyond? With North Carolina’s newest six-year building code cycle starting earlier this year, efforts are already underway to determine how industry companies, advocates, regulators, policy makers and others can support incremental improvements and big changes to our state’s built environment. How smart can our homes be and what infrastructure is needed to support it? How much code improvement can we seek on energy efficiency, renewable energy and energy storage? And, after the dust has settled (literally), what regulatory changes can we push for to support more resilient homes? Attend this session to hear from industry experts and learn what you can do to play a role.

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Track B: Commercial & Industrial Buildings

Session B1:

LEED: Past, Present and Future

In a world that is constantly evolving, one of the hallmarks of LEED is “continuous improvement.” With each new version, LEED raises the bar to increase the impact on our built environment while also ensuring LEED not only meets different markets where they are, but also that the rating system accelerates the speed with which the market moves. This session will focus on why LEED matters in North Carolina to the private sector, and what the expected outcomes of using the LEED rating system as a performance standard has done and will do – the past, present and future with an aim to build flexibility and drive higher performance buildings where there is a direct correlation between actions and outcomes.

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Track C: Governmental & Institutional Buildings

Session C1:

Role of the Energy Manager

This session offers participants insight into the roles energy managers play and the challenges and opportunities they experience within their organization as they navigate toward a successful energy management program. Two very different facility settings will be represented: a large University and the Department of Public Safety. Important topics covered will include: developing an understanding of an organization’s strengths and weaknesses, defining a team’s scope, learning where and how you can impact your organization’s energy and utility usage, what constitutes a successful energy planning, engaging energy “champions” outside of your core team, tools and technologies to assist you along the way and a few examples of common pitfalls. Participants will have a better understanding of the depth and breadth of energy management, be exposed to tools and practices to help better prioritize energy management opportunities and projects, and benefit from lessons learned. This session will be of interest to those new to energy management, as well as those with many years of experience.

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Track D: Utilities & Infrastructure

Session D1:

North Carolina’s Generation Mix: Looking to 2050

As several states across the country consider expanded or even 100% clean energy goals, what does this mean for North Carolina? Hear from experts about the future of energy generation in North Carolina, including what characteristics are important for our electric generators, what the optimal generation mix might be, and where the state could be in 2050.

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Track E: Grid Modernization

Session E1:

Making the Most of Smart Meters

Smart meters, or advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), provide many opportunities for improved efficiency and new customer options, such as rate structures and demand response programs. With the ongoing installation of advanced metering infrastructure in North Carolina, this session will examine what smart meters are currently being used for and what opportunities there are for additional uses.

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Track F: Renewable Energy

Session F1:

Finally, A Practical Hog Waste-to-Energy Solution in North Carolina

The dramatic increase in Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO), or factory farming, over the past 30 years has led to increased productivity and associated issues relating to waste management. As the #2 pork (and turkey) producing state, North Carolina has been at the forefront of efforts to find a cost-effective alternative to the simple waste lagoon. This presentation will describe a solution that converts hog waste to pipeline-ready Renewable Natural Gas, touching on some of the challenges encountered and addressed by the development team.

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Noon - 1:15 pm   Lunch and Keynote Speaker Katherine Hamilton, 38 North Solutions

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

Track A: Residential Homes

Session A2:

North Carolina’s Sustainable Communities of the Future

As North Carolina continues to experience extraordinary growth and urbanization, what technologies are communities leveraging to streamline costs, reduce environmental impact and provide increasingly tech-savvy residents insights into their energy footprints? With increasing pressure to improve sustainability, our own communities are leading high-tech initiatives, from energy efficiency and battery storage to the integration of EV charging and renewables. Learn from top developers and industry leaders about the technologies currently being implemented to achieve these goals, and what technology trends will be most valuable in the transition to sustainable and resilient communities in North Carolina.

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Track B: Commercial & Industrial Buildings

Session B2:

Buildings in the Digital Age: Networks and All That Data

The “Information Revolution” continues to impact how facilities are designed, maintained, managed and optimized in ways small and large. This session will include a review of one building that is applying many advanced principles today, how to better utilize massive Big Data files to reduce costs and improve service, and the next wave of distributed intelligence in control systems out to edge devices.

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Track C: Governmental & Institutional Buildings

Session C2:

Moving from Smart to Brilliant Buildings

The idea of collecting data to make decisions is becoming more and more prevalent across all sectors of our society. Digitalization in buildings can help us determine when to turn on/off lights, whether our HVAC units need a tune up, and how well our available space is utilized and even where expensive, critical and shared assets are located within the building. When building IoT platforms are correlated with the supporting business systems (Real Estate, CMMS, Utility, Finance and Project Management systems), there is a transition from Smart to Brilliant buildings. This level of intelligence is especially important for portfolio owners who need to build the technical, operational and financial justification to implement enterprise wide. This session will explore how buildings can become smarter and provide data for various functions through the installation of a building level IoT platform. It will explore the ways an IoT platform can reduce energy consumption, improve operational efficiency and occupant comfort levels, as well as improve our space utilization.

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Track D: Utilities & Infrastructure

Session D2:

Seeking Balance: Large Energy Infrastructure Projects

Historically, choices have been limited with regard to providing consumers safe and reliable energy - the utility could build a natural gas pipeline or build a power transmission line. Recognizing that, consumers accepted large energy infrastructure projects as essential. Today, technology evolution offers a variety of choices, and communities are increasingly becoming involved with energy production and delivery decisions. In this session, energy, utility, community and environment representatives will discuss how North Carolina is exhibiting leadership in this new approach to energy infrastructure development.

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Track E: Grid Modernization

Session E2:

Grid Resilience: Building for the Super Storms of the Future

Since 2000, the United States has experienced 10 superstorms - In 2016 alone, there were five 1,000 year floods. With each storm, utility infrastructure in many areas has been battered and wrecked — and North Carolina is no exception. Learn how technology and technique is evolving to make the power grid more resilient against the super storms of the future.

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Track F: Renewable Energy

Session F2:

Behind the Meter Opportunities and Challenges (45-minute session)

1:30-2:15 pm: Customer-sited energy resources, including renewable energy generation, peak shaving technologies and energy storage, present valuable opportunities for mutual benefit to utilities and their customers. This session will delve into the potential impact from these investment opportunities, as well as the business case for behind the meter applications.

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Community Solar in North Carolina (45-minute session)

2:15-3:00 pm: Community solar offers customers to power their homes with solar energy by sharing an output from a larger solar farm installed in the community. Several NC electric cooperatives have offered community solar since 2015, and very soon, Duke Energy, and several municipal utilities are looking to offer community solar as well. This session will discuss the status of community solar programs in North Carolina.

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3:00 pm – 3:30 pm   Exhibits, networking, and refreshments

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Track A: Residential Homes

Session A3:

Energy Efficiency Issues in Government Funded Low-income Housing

Affordable housing is a prominent national conversation topic, and this session focuses on a particular segment of that conversation: government funded low-income housing. This segment covers many markets: multi-family and single family rental, new and existing homeownership, as well as homeowner occupied rehabilitation, presenting energy efficiency opportunities in each of these markets. Panelists will drill down into two topics: how the ratcheting up of the Building Code changes the game for subsidized energy efficiency initiatives in new housing (for example, Habitat for Humanity) and how disaster recovery efforts provide an opportunity to incorporate more energy and longevity resilience for existing low income homeowners.

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Track B: Commercial & Industrial Buildings

Session B3:

Best Practices in Facility Design & Operations

As owners demand greater operational efficiency, sustainable design features and lower construction costs, the challenges for design, construction and operations teams have never been more complex. Add in the near-impossible constraints of an energy plant replacement in a facility with non-stop operations. This session provides creative ideas for the design and installation processes that will make the impossible seem less so. One example will be described, where these principles came together in the design of an ultra-efficient bank building.

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Track C: Governmental & Institutional Buildings

Session C3:

Case Studies in Energy Efficiency

This session details strategies for energy usage reduction of both East Carolina University and the City of Charlotte Portfolio with an emphasis on problem buildings, cultural venues and Energy Star facilities. Also featured is a discussion on the benefits of using audits to drive both small and large capital improvements projects and the realized reductions in moisture, comfort complaints and other non-energy benefits from energy use reduction strategies.

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Track D: Utilities & Infrastructure

Session D3:

Storage Policy Opportunities & Barriers in North Carolina

North Carolina researchers published the state´s energy storage study in December 2018, identifying several opportunities to prepare for, facilitate and accelerate storage deployment in the state. This session will consider the current policy environment for energy storage in North Carolina, as well as potential policy changes for the state.

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Track E: Grid Modernization

Session E3:

The Vision for North Carolina’s Electric Grid

While grid modernization has quickly become a popular topic of discussion, there is no standard definition for grid modernization, and many stakeholders have dramatically different visions for the future electric grid. This session will consider different perspectives on grid modernization and what North Carolina´s future electric grid might look like.

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Track F: Renewable Energy

Session F3:

Offshore Wind: A Deep Dive Into This Fast Emerging Industry (45-minute session)

3:30-4:15 pm: After years of delays, the U.S offshore wind industry is finally powering up. With over 10 GW of projects in the pipeline over the next decade, the East Coast is almost guaranteed to see thousands of new jobs and billions of dollars in additional economic activity. But how much of this new industry can North Carolina hope to attract? This panel will examine the process for starting and developing new offshore projects as well as some of the likely ways North Carolina can recruit the new jobs and manufacturing facilities that will come with this industry.

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The Wood Pellet Industry: Economics and the Environment (45-minute session)

4:15-5:00 pm: Join us for a thoughtful discussion on the impacts of the wood pellet industry in North Carolina. Demand for wood pellets has grown exponentially over the last several years, particularly in Europe as it is used as an alternative for coal to meet greenhouse gas reduction goals. This panel includes experts from academia and industry, who have opposing views on the biomass implications on our economy and the environment.

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5:00 pm – 7:00 pm   Evening networking social with Trophy Brewing in the Exhibit Hall.
Sponsored by Duke University Energy Initiative.

Wednesday, May 1, 2019


7:00 am – 8:00 am   Continental breakfast and networking in Exhibit Hall

8:00 am – 9:30 am    Announcements and Keynote Plenary
Remarks: Governor Roy Cooper
Keynote Plenary: Advancing Clean Energy Solutions Through Stakeholder Collaborations

Stephen Kalland, Executive Director, NC Clean Energy Technology Center (moderator)
Steve Chriss, Director, Energy and Strategy Analysis, Walmart
Stephen De May, North Carolina President, Duke Energy
DeAndrea Salvador, Founder and Executive Director, RETI (Renewable Energy Transition Initiative)

Plenary description: Successful energy policies and programs are not created in a vacuum but instead are arrived at through collaboration and conversation – and not always easy conversations. North Carolina’s clean energy future is being shaped today by the productive work between diverse organizations seeking to bring about real change. Hear from different energy stakeholders on how they are working together to advance clean energy initiatives tailored to the different needs of our communities. The panel will take a look at what a cleaner energy future looks like in practice and highlight stakeholder collaboration success stories.


9:30 am – 10:00 am   Exhibits, networking and refreshments

10:00 am – 11:30 am

Track A: Residential Homes

Session A4:

Residential Energy Emerging Technologies

More and more technologies are moving from the industrial and commercial sectors into the residential sector. This topic will explore the expanding market of residential energy options available, including HVAC systems, LED lighting, renewable energy systems, energy storage systems and control systems.

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Track B: Commercial & Industrial Buildings

Session B4:

The Savings Beyond Energy

The past 20 years have seen a dramatic increase in studies that prove many “secondary benefits” experienced when completing an energy efficiency project. In most cases, the real financial (or other mission KPI) impact is orders of magnitude greater than savings in the utility bills. What used to be anecdotal evidence is now proven for benefits like downtime avoidance, productivity gains, improved learning and insurance claim recovery. Attendees will hear real-world examples of how savings “Beyond Energy” should become the primary justification for your next project.

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Track C: Governmental & Institutional Buildings

Session C4:

Distributed Energy Systems/CHP/Campus Microgrids

This session will discuss on-site energy generation with combined heat and power (CHP), as well as microgrids on university campuses. You will learn about the current energy landscape that is motivating end-users to implement localized energy sources, the benefits and potential pitfalls of CHP and microgrids and the implementation steps. The panelists will discuss the internal approach and how to make decisions with the right stakeholders, and the opportunities and technical or regulatory challenges to be resolved. You will learn technology aspects and what to expect of project developers, including financing approaches; in particular, you will hear about NC State University's CHP implementation and about distributed generation and microgrids across campuses in North America.

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Track D: Utilities & Infrastructure

Session D4:

Utility Business Model Evolution

Initially, the infrastructure required to generate and deliver electricity was found to be so unique and expensive that monopolies were granted to provide consumers safe, reliable and efficient service. Over time, law, regulation and technology evolved such that monopoly operation of generation is eroding. As independent power producers invest more and utilities invest less capital in generation, but provide more service, how will utilities be fairly rewarded while ensuring the continued delivery of safe, reliable and efficient service? Join this session´s panel of experts in a discussion of how the utility business model might evolve.

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Track E: Grid Modernization

Session E4:

Energy BlockChain Technology

Everyone´s talking about BlockChain technology, but what is it? How is BlockChain technology influencing the energy industry? Is it disrupting it or transforming it? In this session, hear experts explain Energy BlockChain technology basics and the trends they are observing.

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Track F: Renewable Energy

Session F4:

The Intersection of Grid Modernization and Renewable Energy

As the overall percentage of renewable energy increases, so do the challenges associated with integrating renewable technologies into the grid. The U.S. Department of Energy suggested that the grid on the east coast could incorporate up to 30% renewables before requiring major infrastructure upgrades - and in North Carolina, energy stakeholders are already discussing implications for renewable integration, battery storage and demand response. Learn how utilities, renewable energy developers, and other technology providers are navigating the complex intersection of rapidly-changing technologies, grid infrastructure needs and practical application.

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11:30 am - 12:45 pm   Lunch and Keynote Speaker: James McCall, Procter & Gamble

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Track A: Residential Homes

Session A5:

How Developers and Builders are Succeeding with Energy Efficiency

Come hear from North Carolina market leaders and find out how energy efficiency is driving their decisions. Single family, multifamily and community developers will discuss how and why integrating energy efficiency has been key to their success. Learn where they see the opportunities are to further increase energy efficiency in the future.

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Track B: Commercial & Industrial Buildings

Session B5:

Making Facilities Resilient in the Age of "Breaking News"

The threats to facilities seem to put most everyone at risk for major disruptions. In this region, this includes hurricanes, flooding, tornadoes, fire, cyber-attacks and many other disasters we have all heard about or experienced in recent years. Resilience has become a key design and operational consideration for all types of facilities. This session will examine the issue in the cCommercial and iIndustrial markets, though many of the principles and creative suggestions apply to anyone. Attendees will hear how practitioners in facility design, utility supply and distributed generation are applying their expertise to improve clients´ ability to recover quickly following a catastrophic event.

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Track C: Governmental & Institutional Buildings

Session C5:

Approaches to Building Performance Analysis

Understanding energy use across a portfolio of buildings and through a range of timeframes can help identify opportunities for increasing efficiency and predictive maintenance. Often these opportunities include no or low cost changes to schedules or operational sequences. For organizations with multiple facilities and limited staff, accessing and analyzing data to find these opportunities is challenging. This panel will present three approaches to this type of analysis to improve building performance at the facility and portfolio levels.

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Track D: Utilities & Infrastructure

Session D5:

Transportation Electrification

As electric vehicle sales increase across the country, utilities are considering their role in transportation electrification and planning for the impact on the electric system. This session will examine transportation electrification efforts and opportunities in the state, including charging infrastructure deployment, rate structures and more.

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Track E5: Grid Modernization

Session E5:

Energy Storage Value Stacking

Energy storage systems have the potential to provide several different services to the grid and combine the revenues from these services, known as “value stacking." Learn about which services “stack" well together and how opportunities for value stacking can be increased North Carolina.

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Track F: Renewable Energy

Session F5:

The Future for Solar PV Recycling in North Carolina (45-minute Session)

1:00 - 1:45 pm: North Carolina's status as the second largest solar marketing in the United States has led to the installation of millions of solar panels over the last decade and millions more to come. Even though these panels have extraordinary life spans, and potential for reuse even at the end of that lifespan, concerns about the fate of these panels as projects are decommissioned has started to become a discussion in North Carolina. This panel will explore the state of this conversation both from a national perspective and try to identify lessons for N.C. policymakers as we move forward into a brighter solar future.

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Methods for Addressing Decommissioning Surety by Local Governments - Options and Trade-offs (45-minute session)

1:45 - 2:30 pm: As solar development has expanded in NC and other in states, a common theme that local governments discuss is the issue of decommissioning of projects at their end of life and how to protect the community from costs associated with potential abandonment of the equipment. As the size of typical projects has expanded from tens of acres to hundreds of acres, local governments are increasingly looking for ways to work with developers to balance the positives of economic development from solar with local concerns to provide financial surety that they won't "get stuck" with an unexpected bill at the end of a project. Panelists will discuss some of the options commonly used in relation to solar development to address these concerns. They will also discuss the trade-offs that they create for both developers and the local communities as they try to maximize their ability to economically benefit from solar development.

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2:30 - 3:00 pm   Networking break

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Track A: Residential Homes

Session A6:

Energy Equity – Discussions & Innovative Responses
JOINT SESSION WITH RENEWABLE ENERGY

This session will explore energy equity issues in North Carolina, looking at various issues including the effect of energy costs on low wealth communities, access to current programs and potential benefits. The session will explore innovative programs that provide access to both energy efficiency and solar programs to low-wealth communities. These programs include community solar, on-bill financing for energy efficiency retrofits and other programs.

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Track B: Commercial & Industrial Buildings

Session B6:

Mapping North Carolina’s Energy Efficient Future: Where Do We Go From Here?
JOINT SESSION WITH GOVERNMENT & INSTITUTIONAL BUILDINGS

The Governor's Executive Order #80 outlines several clean energy goals and mandates. One of these is the development of a Clean Energy Plan to include an increased utilization of energy efficient technologies. In October 2018, a diverse group of NC energy efficiency experts kicked off a ten-month process to develop a comprehensive state energy efficiency roadmap. The EE roadmap will identify a shared set of policy goals and actions to support energy efficiency's role and EO80. The roadmap also seeks to provide actionable options to increase EE investment and glean the benefits including energy savings, customer bill reductions, jobs, reduced emissions and grid support. This session will provide an update on the progress of the NC EE Roadmap working groups, its adoption plans, and the roadmap's positive impact on each sector. We will encourage a thoughtful discussion of the roadmap's framework and path forward.

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Track C: Governmental & Institutional Buildings

Session C6:

Mapping North Carolina’s Energy Efficient Future: Where Do We Go From Here?
JOINT SESSION WITH COMMERCIAL & INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS

The Governor's Executive Order #80 outlines several clean energy goals and mandates. One of these is the development of a Clean Energy Plan to include an increased utilization of energy efficient technologies. In October 2018, a diverse group of NC energy efficiency experts kicked off a ten-month process to develop a comprehensive state energy efficiency roadmap. The EE roadmap will identify a shared set of policy goals and actions to support energy efficiency's role and EO80. The roadmap also seeks to provide actionable options to increase EE investment and glean the benefits including energy savings, customer bill reductions, jobs, reduced emissions and grid support. This session will provide an update on the progress of the NC EE Roadmap working groups, its adoption plans, and the roadmap's positive impact on each sector. We will encourage a thoughtful discussion of the roadmap's framework and path forward.

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Track D: Utilities & Infrastructure

Session D6:

On Guard! The Power Industry’s Cyber Security Challenge
JOINT SESSION WITH GRID MODERNIZATION

The U.S. utility sector faces millions of attempted cyber intrusions a day. Duke Energy reported more than 650 million attempted cyber attacks systemwide in 2017. A cyber attack has yet to shut down the U.S. power grid, but how will utilities remain “on guard” against this increasing threat? Join this session to hear technology and utility experts explain how they plan to win the cyber security challenge.

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Track E: Grid Modernization

Session E6:

On Guard! The Power Industry’s Cyber Security Challenge
JOINT SESSION WITH UTILITIES & INFRASTRUCTURE

The U.S. utility sector faces millions of attempted cyber intrusions a day. Duke Energy reported more than 650 million attempted cyberattacks systemwide in 2017. A cyber attack has yet to shut down the U.S. power grid, but how will utilities remain “on guard” against this increasing threat? Join this session to hear technology and utility experts explain how they plan to win the cyber security challenge.

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Track F: Renewable Energy

Session F6:

Energy Equity – Discussions & Innovative Responses
JOINT SESSION WITH RESIDENTIAL HOMES

This session will explore energy equity issues in North Carolina, looking at various issues including effect of energy costs on low wealth communities, access to current programs and potential benefits. The session will also explore innovative programs that provide access to both energy efficiency and solar programs to low wealth communities. These programs include community solar, on-bill financing for energy efficiency retrofits and other programs.

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4:30 pm   Conference Adjourns