Track A: Residential Homes


A1: The ERI Option for 2018 NC Energy Code Compliance

April 17, 10:30am - Noon

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.

Moderator: Ryan Miller, Founder and Executive Director at NC Building Performance Association

Ryan Miller is Founder and Executive Director of the NC Building Performance Association. He leads the association’s work to grow North Carolina’s home and building performance industry by working with members and partner organizations to develop and manage valuable programs and services that create financial and market value. This work includes establishing a stable workforce of trained professionals, creating new market opportunities through partnerships and new initiatives, and advocating for a better business climate. Ryan also leads NCBPA’s efforts on industry policy, legislation, consumer marketing and more. Prior to founding NCBPA, Ryan was a Project and Program Manager at Advanced Energy in Raleigh and also served as the Operations Manager for Green Horizon, a home performance contractor based in Durham. Ryan also spent five years in Austin, TX working for the electric cooperatives and started his career in business consulting with BearingPoint and The Home Depot in Atlanta. Ryan currently serves on the Board of Directors for Efficiency First and is a new member of NAHB’s Sustainability & Green Building Subcommittee.

Panelist: Curt Hurd, Residential Buildings Specialist at NC Building Performance Association

Curt Hurd is the Residential Buildings Specialist for North Carolina Building Performance Association. In this role, Curt provides technical assistance, quality assurance, market research and development, and other services to the association’s members and industry at large to support growth and development in North Carolina’s new and existing home and building performance industry. Curt splits his time supporting new construction builders and Home Energy Raters through the association’s nonprofit RESNET Rating Providership, where he performs certification reviews and quality assurance audits, and the association’s training and education work in the home performance (retrofit) space. Prior to joining NCBPA, Curt spent five years as Business Development & Residential Energy Consultant with Home Energy Solutions of the Triad in Greensboro and has more than 15 years’ experience in the building performance and sustainable materials industries. Curt is originally from New Jersey (Southern Jersey), but has called North Carolina home for over 25 years. He holds a BS in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University and multiple certifications from the Building Performance Institute and RESNET.


A2: Driving on Solar Miles: Integrating Residential Solar and Electric Vehicle Charging

April 17, 1:30pm - 3:00pm

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.

Moderator: Heather Brutz, Transportation Finance and Operations Manager, NC Clean Energy Technology Center

Within the Clean Transportation team Heather Brutz helps guide the strategy and vision for the program as well as manage its budget. Heather joined the Center in 2015 after receiving her MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Previously, she lived in Washington, DC, where she worked at Transportation for America, a coalition dedicated to promoting a smarter, safer, cleaner transportation system at the federal level. Heather also worked for Clean Energy Works, a coalition of groups dedicated to promoting comprehensive clean energy and climate policies at the federal level.

Panelist: Mo-Yuen Chow, Ph.D., Director of Advanced Diagnosis, Automation, and Control (ADAC) Laboratory, NC State University,

Mo-Yuen Chow earned his degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S., 1982); and Cornell University (M. Eng., 1983; Ph.D., 1987). Upon completion of his Ph.D. degree, Dr. Chow joined the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Mo-Yuen Chow is the founder and the director of the Advanced Diagnosis, Automation and Control Laboratory at North Carolina State University. His recent research focuses on distributed control, and fault management with applications on smart grids, PHEVs, batteries, and mechatronics/robotics systems. He has published one book, seven book chapters, and over two hundred journal and conference articles. Dr. Chow is an IEEE Fellow, a co-Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics, was the Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics 2010-2012, a co-Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics, a past Technical Editor of IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics, a past Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics and IEEE Transactions on Industrial Informatics. He was the Vice President for Publication of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society in 2006-2007, and the Vice President for Membership of IEEE Industrial Electronics Society in 2000-2001. He was the General Chair of IEEE-IECON05, the General Co-Chair of IEEE-IECON10 and IEEE-ISIE12. Dr. Chow served as a guest editor for the IEEE Transactions on Mechatronics Focus Section on Mechatronics in Multi Robot Systems (2009), IEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics special sections on Distributed Network-Based Control Systems and Applications (2003), on Motor Fault Detection and Diagnosis (2000), and on Application of Intelligent Systems to Industrial Electronics (1993). He was a Senior Fellow of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science in 2003. He has received the IEEE Eastern North Carolina Section Outstanding Engineering Educator Award in 2004, the IEEE Region-3 Joseph M. Biedenbach Outstanding Engineering Educator Award in 2005, the IEEE Eastern North Carolina Section Outstanding Service Award in 2007, the IEEE Industrial Electronics Society Anthony J Hornfeck Service Award in 2013. He is a Distinguished Lecturer of IEEE IES.

Panelist: Stew Miller, President, Yes Solar Solutions

Stew Miller is Co-Founder and President of Yes Solar Solutions. Yes Solar is a woman-owned, nationally accredited, customer-owned solar EPC started in 2009. Yes Solar has a portfolio of over 800 residential, C&I and government projects.

Stew’s role in the company includes business development, finance and doing what CEO Kathy Miller tells him to do. Stew carries a General Contractors license in North and South Carolina and is on the board of the Conservatives for Clean Energy. Stew worked for NCR Corporation for over 20 years and he and Kathy Miller started and owned the Primrose Schools of Cary for 12 years before selling the company in 2005. Yes Solar is a member of the NCSEA and NCCEBA.

Panelist: Stan Cross, CEO, Brightfield Transportation Solutions.

Stan Cross co-founded Brightfield Transportation Solutions in 2009 and is a pioneer in the electric vehicle infrastructure space having helped lead the design and installation of the nation’s first public solar-integrated EV charging stations. Stan is a nationally recognized sustainability professional having spent 20 years as an entrepreneur in the non-profit sector developing and leading nationally renowned sustainability and climate action programs, raising funds from investors and major donors, and engaging in high-level strategic planning. Prior to starting Brightfield, he served as Executive Director of Warren Wilson College’s Environmental Leadership Center. Stan has undergraduate and master’s degrees in business, psychology, and sustainability from Skidmore College and UNC Asheville. He is a graduate of the Small Business Administration’s ScaleUp program and is currently participating in Elevate, both of which provide training and mentoring for CEOs transitioning companies from start-up to high-growth. Stan serves on the steering committee of Plug-in North Carolina and the US Department of Energy’s Clean Vehicle Coalition.


A3: North Carolina Energy Efficiency Policy Roundtable Discussion

April 17, 3:30pm - 5:00pm

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.

Moderator: Ryan Miller, Founder and Executive Director at NC Building Performance Association

Ryan Miller is Founder and Executive Director of the NC Building Performance Association. He leads the association’s work to grow North Carolina’s home and building performance industry by working with members and partner organizations to develop and manage valuable programs and services that create financial and market value. This work includes establishing a stable workforce of trained professionals, creating new market opportunities through partnerships and new initiatives, and advocating for a better business climate. Ryan also leads NCBPA’s efforts on industry policy, legislation, consumer marketing and more. Prior to founding NCBPA, Ryan was a Project and Program Manager at Advanced Energy in Raleigh and also served as the Operations Manager for Green Horizon, a home performance contractor based in Durham. Ryan also spent five years in Austin, TX working for the electric cooperatives and started his career in business consulting with BearingPoint and The Home Depot in Atlanta. Ryan currently serves on the Board of Directors for Efficiency First and is a new member of NAHB’s Sustainability & Green Building Subcommittee.

Panelist: Jenn Weiss, Senior Policy Associate, Nicholas Institute, Duke University

Jennifer Weiss is a senior policy associate in the Climate and Energy Program. She engages relevant decision makers in the private and public energy sectors, provides information and research on a variety of intersecting renewable energy investment and conservation practices, conducts market research, explores financing mechanisms for renewable energy, and analyzes the impact of new energy policies, mandates, and programs on new and existing energy projects. Weiss formerly was energy efficiency policy manager for the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, a senior finance analyst for the Environmental Finance Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a carbon offset analyst for the Duke Carbon Offset Initiative at Duke University, and a Climate Corps Public Sector fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund. In addition to her energy work, she has more than 13 years of consumer and small business banking experience. Weiss holds a master’s degree in environmental management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at San Diego.

Panelist: Danial Brookshire, Regulatory and Policy Analyst, NC Sustainable Energy Association

As NCSEA's Regulatory and Policy Analyst, Daniel monitors, researches and develops informed and credible responses to clean energy related issues at the North Carolina Utilities Commission, General Assembly, and local governments. Daniel draws upon his background in multiple sectors of clean energy to advocate on behalf of the clean energy industry in ways that improve the economy and environment of his home state.

Panelist: Cassandra Kubes, Senior Research Analyst, American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy

Cassandra Kubes conducts research, analysis and outreach on opportunities for energy efficiency to reduce air pollution and improve public health. She provides technical analysis and educates decision makers on strategies to advance energy efficiency policies and programs through federal, state and local governments. She joined ACEEE in 2015. Prior to joining ACEEE, Cassandra worked as a policy associate at the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA), where she performed analysis and outreach on energy efficiency policy and regulatory developments. Prior to joining MEEA, Cassandra worked at SoCore Energy where she analyzed solar energy policy nationwide and focused on freshwater policy research while working at Friends of the Chicago River. Cassandra is a master of public policy candidate at George Washington University, and holds a bachelor of arts in people-environment geography from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.


A4: Grid Modernization and Renewable Energy Initiatives by North Carolina Electric Cooperatives and Municipal Utilities

April 18, 10:30am - 12:00pm

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.

Moderator: Brian Lips, Energy Policy Project Coordinator at NC Clean Energy Technology Center

Brian Lips is an Energy Policy Project Coordinator for the Center. He manages the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE). In addition to coordinating and overseeing the project’s research, federal contract, and budget, Brian also authors DSIRE’s content for seven states. Brian serves as the Center’s expert on North Carolina policy, has assisted the NC Department of Revenue with the state’s tax credit for renewable energy property, and has spoken in Special Committee sessions of the NC General Assembly. Brian joined the Center in 2006 and has served in various capacities with the DSIRE project before becoming the manager of the project in 2013. Brian received a degree in Integrated Science and Technology with a focus in Energy and Environmental Science from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

Panelist: Jim Musilek, Director, Grid Modernization at NC Electric Cooperatives

Jim is the Director of Grid Modernization for the North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation (NCEMC) in Raleigh, North Carolina. His responsibilities include developing Grid Modernization programs that NCEMC’s member cooperatives can participate in and managing NCEMC’s community solar efforts. He is also responsible for integrating the cooperatives’ systems and programs into NCEMC’s Command Data and Settlement System (CDSS). Jim has over 20 years of industry experience working in engineering, planning, operations, rates and portfolio management. Jim graduated from California State University, Northridge with a B.A. in Geography and received his MBA from Campbell University.

Panelist: Mark Brown, Fayetteville Public Works Commission

Mark is Senior Customer Programs Officer at Fayetteville Public Works Commission (FPWC) in Fayetteville, NC. Mark joined FPWC in January 2013. Mark’s responsibilities include Marketing, Conservation and Meter Services. Mark’s team is responsible for developing the programs, services and tools necessary for FPWC’s customer to take advantage of FPWC’s Smart Grid Initiatives. Prior to joining FPWC, Mark worked at DTE Energy for 23 years in progressively more responsible roles. Mark has a BSEE degree from Bucknell University and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Michigan –Ann Arbor. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Michigan and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Cumberland County. Previously he served on the Board of Directors of The Plymouth Michigan YMCA, The Plymouth Fife and Drum Corps and the IEEE Southeastern Michigan Chapter.

Panelist: Matt Zapp, City of Benson

Matt Zapp has 15-years of municipal management experience. For the past 7 ½ years, he has served as Town Manger for Benson North Carolina. Matt holds an MPA (with a specialization in Coastal Management) from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, completion of the Municipal and County Administration course at UNC SOG, and is a graduate of the Public Executive Leadership Academy. He serves as a Board Member for ElectriCities of North Carolina, the UNC Municipal and County Alumni Association, Johnston County Visitors Bureau and the Benson Area Chamber of Commerce. Matt’s municipal experience specializes in economic development, water, sewer, electric and stormwater system management.


A5: Next Generation of Energy Technologies for the Residential Sector

April 18, 1:30pm - 3:00pm

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.

Moderator: Achyut Shrestha, NC Clean Energy Technology Center

Achyut Shrestha is the Principal Investigator for the Community Solar for the Southeast project. As a part of the energy policy team, he contributes to the Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE), 50 States reports, and other policy team initiatives. He previously led the efforts to secure funding to develop GIS based energy optimization tool for local government in North Carolina. Achyut holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Physics from Hampshire College and a Master’s Degree in Energy Regulation and Law from Vermont Law School (VLS). His field of interest lies in energy policy, energy markets, smart grids, and energy poverty.

Panelist: Chris Tridico, Koolbridge Solar

Chris Tridico is a senior executive with over 25 year experience leveraging technology to deliver solutions to critical problems. The majority of Chris’ career has been spent as Managing Director of Technology at Accenture where he led multiple global organizations and delivered large scale programs across all industry groups. Just a few examples of the dozens of programs he has been responsible for include modernizing aircraft engineering and manufacturing systems at United Technolgies Corporation, standardizing engineering processes at GE Power, and designing satellites to calibrate orbital debris tracking for the US space program. More recently , Chris has been serving as the Chief Technology Officer of Koolbridge Solar supporting the development of products that merge traditional and alternative energy solutions with information technology and the Internet of Things. These products seek to enable a “Federated Energy Infrastructure” in which all participants can both produce and consume electrical energy in a coordinated fashion. Chris has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Panelist: Meeta Yadav, Ph.D, NC State University

Panelist: David Lawrence, Duke Energy

David Lawrence is a Technology Development Manager with Duke Energy working in the Emerging Technology Office. In this role, he provides leadership on a portfolio of technologies to support the Future Grid. He is a founding technologist in the development of the NAESB ratified OpenFMB platform, and is currently focused on Grid distributed applications, microgrids, simulation, DC services and metering, Grid edge analytics, and cybersecurity. Mr. Lawrence has 40 years of experience in the energy industry. He worked in research and development and IT management for electric metering, transformer, and switchgear product manufacturing. His roles included embedded systems and protocol development, engineering management, global engineering information systems, manufacturing execution and scheduling systems, product life-cycle management, and IT management. A native of Portsmouth, VA., Mr. Lawrence earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and has been awarded six U.S. Patents.

Panelist: Ewan Pritchard, Ph.D., P.E., Professor, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at NC State University

Ewan is professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at NC State University. His research areas are electric drive vehicles and renewable energy integration into the electric utility grid. He currently teaches classes on Mechanical Engineering Design and Automotive Model Based Design while serving as the faculty advisor for SolarPack, the University’s Solar Electric Car team. Ewan served as the Associate Director of the Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management (FREEDM) Systems Center and the Advanced Transportation Energy Center (ATEC). As Associate Director, he managed the portfolio of research from approximately 200 researchers working on updating the electric utility grid to be more welcoming for renewable energy, integrate new technologies (like electric vehicles), more reliable, and less expensive. With ATEC, he works with the automotive industry to learn the hurdles to the adoption of vehicle electrification and how NC State can overcome those hurdles.