Thanks to everyone who attended this year's MAKING ENERGY WORK conference in Winston-Salem! It was an incredible turnout with inspiring and educational speakers, which jump-started great discussions, debates, and team-building exercises. (Pictured at left - Jennifer Bumgarner, Southern Energy Management & NCSEA's Board Chair-Elect Maria Kingery, Ivan Urlaub and Seth Dunn.)
The day-long conference and annual membership meeting brought together more than 250 green energy leaders and supporters from across North Carolina and around the US for lively discussions, debates, team-building exercises and smaller breakout groups focused on sustainable energy successes, potential barriers and innovative solutions to our state’s continuing energy challenges.
Learn, participate, network, collaborate, engage - this event had it all...and it continues now on our web site! NCSEA has posted many of our speakers' presentations on our web site - click on the names below to take a look and continue learning. (We will add additional presentations as we receive them.)
Ivan Urlaub, NCSEA's Executive Director - NCSEA's Annual Report Presentation
Community Energy Leaders Forum:
Henry McKoy, Assistant Sec. for Community Development, NC Dept. of Commerce
Judy Kinkaid, Executive Director, Clean Energy Durham
Matt Raker, Sr. Director of AdvantageGreen & Grants Adminstration, AdvantageWest
Jeff Hughes, Lecturer & Director, Environmental Finance Center, UNC Chapel Hill
Christopher Wedding, Manager of R&D and Sustainability, Cherokee Investment Partners
Jennifer Bumgarner, Asst. Secretary of Energy, NC Dept. of Commerce
Seth Dunn, Renewables Policy Leader for the Americas, GE Energy
Afternoon Breakout Session 1 - "New Vision & Policy for NC's Energy Future"
Tim Toben, Chair of NC's Energy Policy Council
Afternoon Breakout Session 2 - "Information is Power: Utilizing Online Energy Tools and Data"
Rich Crowley (NCSEA) & Brian Lips (NC Solar Center/DSIRE)
Afternoon Breakout Session 3 - "Conventional & Sustainable Energy's Impacts Across the Economy"
Jim Alty, Associate VP for Facilities and Campus Services, Wake Forest University
Dan Conrad, Policy Analyst, NC Conservation Network
Anne Tazewell, Clean Transportation Program Manager, NC Solar Center
Afternoon Plenary - "Emerging Technology, Policy & Financing Trends"
David Kirkpatrick, Managing Director & Co-Founder, SJF Ventures
John Bane, Prof. of Marine Sciences at UNC & Principal Scientist with Apex Wind Energy
Mark Johnson, Program Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency at the US Dept. of Energy & NCSU's FREEDM Center
Click here to download the event program, which includes the agenda.
WHO ATTENDED? In addition to NCSEA Members, this conference brought together local and state government, business and industry, electric cooperatives and investor owned utilities, academic institutions, economic developers, installers, planners, lawyers, investors, elected officials, manufacturers, farmers, non-profit leader and community organizations from across North Carolina