2014 Energy and Environment Conference

September 25, 2014





Gold Sponsors:

API - NCPC logo
Duke Energy Gold Sponsor Logo

Piedmont Natural Gas Gold Sponsor Logo

Silver Sponsors:

America’s Natural Gas Alliance
Shell Exploration & Production Company

Bronze Sponsors:

Adopt A Highway
Duncklee and Dunham
ECS Carolinas, LLP
NC Association of Electric Cooperatives, Inc
PSNC Energy
Troutman Sanders


Adopt A Highway
Food Lion
GEL Engineering of NC, Inc.
Heritage-Crystal Clean
NC Department of Environment and
Natural Resources
Solutions IES, Inc.


Thursday, September 25, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

DoubleTree by Hilton Raleigh-Durham Airport in RTP
4810 Page Creek Ln. | Durham, NC 27703

Presidents and CEOs, COOs, supply chain managers, environmentalists/environmental reps, scientists, manufacturers, engineers, plant managers and facility managers

Cornerstone Members – $149 | Members – $179 | Non-Members – $259

This year, the North Carolina Chamber is pairing its third annual Energy Conference with its sixth annual Environmental Management Summit. The Energy and Environmental Management Conference will dissect environmental management issues affecting the cost of doing business. Sessions will include federal and state legislative/regulatory updates, compliance and permitting, water challenges and management and more. The event  is also designed to provide attendees with the opportunity to hear from the leading experts and thought leaders on energy efficiencies and the variety of energy sources from across the state including nuclear and solar energy, natural gas and clean coal.

As the state’s demographics continue to evolve, our environment and energy issues have an increasingly important role in our economy and the daily activities of those living and working in North Carolina. The growing population amplifies our energy needs and necessitates a comprehensive, all-inclusive energy supply strategy while protecting our environment and creating jobs.


7:30 am – 8:30 am Registration/Networking/Exhibits Open

8:30 am – 8:45 am Welcome Remarks
Mr. Lew Ebert, President NC Chamber

8:45 am – 9:15 am A Good Business Climate and Clean Environment Are Not Mutually Exclusive
Secretary John Skvarla, NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR)

9:15 am – 9:45 am The Integrated Grid: Realizing the Full Value of Central and Distributed Resources
Ben York, Senior Project Engineer, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

9:45 am – 10:20 am The Truth About Energy Exploration in NC
Don VanderVaart, Deputy Secretary, NC DENR

10:15 am – 10:30 am Break and Exhibits

10:20 am -11:00 am Exploring NC’s Energy Economy and Sustainability
Mark McIntire, Director, Environmental Policy and Affairs, Duke Energy
John E.P. Morrison, Sr. VP for Public Affairs and Asset Management, StrataSolar
Betsy McCorkle, Director of Government Affairs, NC Sustainable Energy Association
David McGowan, Executive Director, North Carolina Petroleum Council
Dave Malkin, Director of Government Affairs and Policy, GE
Gene Upchurch, Consultant (Moderator)

11:00 am – 11:45 am State and National Environmental and Energy Issues
Greg Bertelsen, Director of Energy and Research Policy, National Association of Manufacturers
Benne Hutson, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP

11:45 am – 12:30 pm Networking Lunch

12:30 pm – 12:45 pm An Update on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Bill Williams, Vice President – Sales and Delivery Services, Piedmont Natural Gas

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Water – Is North Carolina Ready for the Next Drought
Sean Sullivan, Partner, Troutman Sanders LLP (Moderator)
Don Safrit, President, Secure Resources
Tom Reeder, Director, NC Division of Water Resources
C. Ruffin Poole, Manager of Corporate Development, Aqua North Carolina, Inc.

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm Utility Leadership and Emerging Energy Technologies
Jim Kerr, EVP, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, Southern Company
Jim Eck, VP Business Development, Dominion Resources, Inc.
Bo Somers, Deputy General Counsel, Duke Energy
Ellen Ruff, Partner, McGuireWoods, LLP (Moderator)

2:15 pm Closing Remarks
Lew Ebert

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