Charlotte Business Journal - Moderator
John Downey has covered utilities and the energy industry for the Charlotte Business Journal since 2006. Much of his reporting focuses on Duke Energy and the solar industry. But he has also reported on nuclear development in the Carolinas, major energy technology manufacturers and in the region and issues ranging from energy storage to pipeline construction to economic development trends in the industry.
Downey has been a reporter since 1978, working over the years for the Raleigh Times, the Durham Morning Herald and Durham Sun and the Winston-Salem Journal.
Vice President Regulatory Affairs and Policy, Duke Energy
Kendal Bowman serves as vice president of regulatory affairs and policy for North Carolina. In this role, she manages the company’s presence in all North Carolina regulatory matters before the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC). She provides leadership on regulatory strategic plans and technical direction on regulatory policy for North Carolina. In addition, she serves as the company’s regulatory policy witness in proceedings before the NCUC.
Previously, Bowman served as deputy general counsel for Duke Energy, managing all legal state regulatory functions for North Carolina. Prior to that, she was associate general counsel for Progress Energy, supporting all state regulatory functions for North Carolina and South Carolina. Bowman also spent a decade leading the federal regulatory affairs group and was responsible for all Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), legal, policy and compliance matters for Progress Energy Carolinas and Progress Energy Florida.
Bowman has been with the company since 1999. Prior to joining Progress Energy, she was an attorney for Florida Power Corporation.
Bowman currently serves on the board of directors for Advanced Energy Corporation and has served since 2014. She served on the board of directors for the Greater Carolinas National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 2005 to 2016. Bowman is an alumna of Leadership North Carolina class of 2015 and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Kenan-Flagler Business School Leadership Development Program.
In 2016, Bowman received the James B. Duke Award, Duke Energy’s highest employee award for service to the company and community. She serves as the executive sponsor of Duke Energy’s Business Women’s Network chapter in Raleigh, N.C. A native of Clarksville, Va., Bowman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor from Stetson University College of Law. She is admitted to the state bars of North Carolina and Florida.
Bowman and her husband, Brett, have a daughter and twin sons.
Executive Director; North Carolina Petroleum Council
Southern Region Director; American Petroleum Institute
David is Executive Director of the North Carolina Petroleum Council, the state office of the American Petroleum Institute (API). He also serves as the API Southern Region Director, managing API state operations in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky & West Virginia. API is the only national trade association representing all facets of the oil and natural gas industry, which supports 9.8 million U.S. jobs and 8 percent of the U.S. economy. API’s more than 625 members include large integrated companies, as well as exploration and production, refining, marketing, pipeline, and marine businesses, and service and supply firms.
As Executive Director of the North Carolina Petroleum Council, David oversees legislative, regulatory and public affairs activities on behalf of the oil and natural gas industry in the state of North Carolina. This includes direct lobbying of the North Carolina General Assembly as well as representing the industry before the various state regulatory agencies with oversight of the industry.
David is a native of Wilmington, North Carolina and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BA in History. He serves of the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Professional Lobbyist Association and also serves of the Board of Directors for the Frankie Lemmon School & Foundation, a pre-K program for special needs and typically developing children in Wake County. David resides in Raleigh with his wife and three young children.
Executive Director, NCSEA
Under Ivan Urlaub's leadership, NCSEA generates collaborative and innovative approaches to solving member and partner challenges in policy, business model, and market development. Ivan has consistently employed a systemic and incremental strategic vision that intends to align the needs of consumers, the clean energy industry, utilities, and government to achieve this.
Ivan is the founder of the NC Clean Energy Business Alliance, serves on the Three Zeros Advisory Board at UNC-Chapel Hill, is an original lab team member of RMI’s national Electricity Innovations Laboratory (e-Lab), and has been recognized most recently by the Charlotte Business Journal as a 2015 Energy Leader for North Carolina. He holds both a Master of Public Policy and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University.
Government and Regulatory Affairs Counsel, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives
Michael provides government and regulatory counsel to North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives (NCEC). Prior to joining NCEC, Michael worked for the North Carolina Attorney General's Office and the North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association. Michael is a Board Certified Specialist in Utilities Law. Michael received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; he earned his Masters of Science in Forestry and Environmental Resources Policy and Administration from North Carolina State University.