2016 Energy and Environmental Management Conference

October 27, 2016

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The 2016 Energy & Environmental Management Conference is designed to provide attendees with the opportunity to hear from leading experts and thought leaders on energy and environmental issues that impact your business.

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What: Energy and Environmental Management Conference
When: Thursday, October 27, 2016 | 7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center, Durham, NC | 4700 Emperor Blvd, Durham, NC 27703 (Special room rate of $151 expires at 5:00 pm on September 24 | Call 866-716-8134)

Registration & Sponsorships

Ticket pricing:
Early Bird pricing ends 9/29 | Regular pricing ends 10/23 | Late registration ends 10/25

Cornerstone Member: Early Bird $150 | Regular $175 | Late $200
Member: Early Bird $175 | Regular $200 | Late $225
Non-Member: Early Bird $275 | Regular $ 300 | Late $325


Draft Agenda

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.
Welcome Remarks
Lew Ebert, NC Chamber

8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Update from the NC Department of Environmental Quality
Secretary Donald van der Vaart, NC Department of Environmental Quality

Secretary van der Vaart will discuss the department’s priorities, hot topics, and issues to be confronted in the next administration regardless of election outcomes.

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Factors Driving Energy Costs and How to Manage Energy Consumption
Chris Halpin, Celtic Energy, Inc.
Richard Wohaska, ERM
Tim Driscoll, Itron Inc.
Diane Cherry, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association (Moderator)

This panel discussion will examine factors that are driving energy costs for businesses across North Carolina and some common ways to save energy in a business setting.

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

10:15 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Current and Emerging Technologies: IoT and Smart Grid
Tim Fairchild, SAS
Ken Dulaney, FREEDM Systems Center
Howard Self, ABB
Jason Handley, Duke Energy
Ed White, Field2Base (Moderator)

North Carolina is gaining momentum and quickly becoming a national smart grid hub, which represents an unprecedented opportunity to move the energy industry into a new era of reliability, availability, and efficiency that will contribute to our economic and environmental health. While the potential benefits of the Smart Grid are usually discussed in terms of economics, national security, and renewable energy goals, the Smart Grid has the potential to help your business save money through energy use management.

11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Coal Ash Update: Where Do We Stand and How Do We Move Forward?
Representative Dean Arp

Learn the latest information on Coal Ash legislation and NC Department of Environmental Quality initiatives.

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch and Panel Discussion: The Ever-Changing World of Energy
Eric Thumma, Avangrid Renewables, LLC
Chairman Edward Finley, Jr., NC Utilities Commission
David Fountain, Duke Energy
Michael W. Burnette, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives
David Doctor, President & CEO, E4 Carolinas (Moderator)

As electricity generation shifts from coal to gas and we move away from fossil fuels to renewables, are we prepared to keep up with all of the changes in energy and the demands of our fast-growing state? This panel discussion will focus on our biggest energy challenges moving forward.

12:45 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.
State Legislative Update
Senator Andrew Brock, Co-Chair Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources Committee
Gary Salamido, VP of Government Affairs NC Chamber

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Federal Legislative Update
Sean Sullivan, Troutman Sanders

Regardless of who wins the presidency, federal energy policy will change and will impact North Carolina. A Federal representative will provide an overview of what to expect post-election.

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Lew Ebert, NC Chamber

Continuing Education Credit

The North Carolina Chamber is committed to providing high-quality, experience-based education programs to our attendees. The number of continuing education credits attendees earn are determined by the number and length of the sessions they attend, based on a 50-minute hour. Attendees who complete a sign-in form onsite will be provided with a certificate indicating the number of credit hours to be awarded.

5 Hours

Live Group Study



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Gold Sponsor


Silver Sponsors

Duke Energy
North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives
Piedmont Natural Gas Company

Bronze Sponsors

Avangrid Renewables
Duncklee & Dunham, P.C.


ECS Carolinas, LLP

Supporting Organizations

E4 Carolinas
Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster

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