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November 7, 2019

North Carolina is a leader among Southeastern states in energy generation capacity, but what is the industry’s trajectory as we look towards the future? Join state and local experts for an event that brings you up to speed on industry advancements and best practices guaranteed to improve your bottom line.

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  • Dominion Energy Logo


Thursday, November 7
7:45 amRegistration and Networking
8:30 amOpening Remarks
8:45 amOpening Keynote: Innovation: Fueling the Future of Energy in North Carolina

Bill Murray, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs & Communication, Dominion Energy


9:15 amManaging Cost and Consumption: Energy Consumer Panel Discussion
  • Victor Burns, Division Controller, Nucor
  • Mark Logue, EHS Manager II, Kellogg Company
  • Tom White, Director of Economic Development Partnership, North Carolina State University
  • Rob Williamson, General Manager, American Zinc Products, LLC
  • Kevin Doyle, Vice President, State Affairs, Consumer Energy Alliance (moderator)

This discussion will focus on the needs of large energy consumers and the innovative ways they are managing energy consumption and costs.

10:00 amNetworking Break
10:30 amRenewable Natural Gas: Converting Manure into Energy
  • Ryan Childress, Director-Gas Partnership Business Development, Gas Infrastructure Group, Dominion Energy
  • Kraig Westerbeek, Senior Director of Smithfield Renewables and Hog Production Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods, Inc.
  • Chris Chung, CEO, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (moderator)

Panelists will discuss the groundbreaking Align Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) project that will convert manure into enough energy to power more than 3,500 homes annually.

11:15 amQuick Hits
  • Safety: Shaun Randall, Vice President – Gas Operations, Dominion Energy North Carolina
  • Workforce Challenges:  James Banner, Vice President of Human Resources, Risk & Government Relations, Pike Corporation

Industry experts will touch on important topics impacting the business community today as they relate to energy.

11:45 amLunch
12:30 pm21st Century Energy Plan for North Carolina
  • David McGowan, Executive Director, North Carolina Petroleum Council, and Southern Region Director, American Petroleum Institute
  • Bruce McKay, Senior Policy Director & Capital Projects, Dominion Energy
  • Lee Ragsdale, Jr., PE, Senior Vice President, Energy Delivery, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives
  • Ron Schoff, Senior Program Manager, Renewable Generation, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)
  • Diane Denton, Vice President of State Energy Policy, Duke Energy (moderator)
1:15 pmClosing Remarks