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May 11, 2021

Energy Summit

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.

Presented By
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Tuesday, May 11
8:00 amAttendees Join Event and Networking
8:30 amOpening Remarks

George Baldwin, Principal, Baldwin Consulting Group

8:45 amKeynote

Rachel Jones, Vice President of Energy & Resources Policy, National Association of Manufacturers

9:15 amRenewable Natural Gas Update: Turning Hog Farm Methane into Clean Energy
  • Kraig Westerbeek, Senior Director Smithfield Renewables & Hog Production Division Environmental Affairs, Smithfield Foods, Inc.
  • Ryan Childress, Director-Gas Partnership Business Development, Gas Infrastructure Group, Dominion Energy
  • Moderator: Erika D. Young, Director, Business Development, Gas Pipelines, NextEra Energy Resources

Panelists will provide an update on the groundbreaking Align Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) joint venture between Dominion Energy and Smithfield Foods that is transforming the future of clean energy and sustainable agriculture.

9:45 amNetworking Break
10:00 amClimate and Policy

Two of APCO Worldwide’s leading figures in climate and policy, Frank Lowenstein and Heather McGeory will discuss what to expect from the new Administration and how business can prepare to engage substantively and successfully in those spaces to drive business outcomes. Lowenstein, as John Kerry’s former senior advisor, possesses unique insights on what companies can expect on climate issues both domestic and global, and McGeory, as the current COO of the We Mean Business coalition, can help to coach companies on immediate opportunities to create impact on climate and meet the moment.

10:30 amQuick Hit: Transportation Electrification

Asaf Nagler, Senior Director of Government Relations, ABB Inc.

10:45 amResilient Infrastructure: North Carolina’s Evolving Grid
  • Nelson Peeler, Senior Vice President of Transmission and Fuels Strategy and Policy, Duke Energy
  • Mark Hawes, Director of Environment, Safety & Product Compliance, Shurtape Technologies, LLC
  • Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III, President and Chief Technology Officer, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
  • Moderator: Dr. Rob Cox, Associate Director, Energy Production & Infrastructure Center, UNC Charlotte

Reliable energy is an integral part of North Carolina’s communities and powers businesses that fuel our economy and our lives. Making smart investments in our energy infrastructure and improving resiliency can help to expand existing and attract new business and industry and improve reliability for consumers. As North Carolina continues to experience major storm and physical threats, we must be prepared with resilient infrastructure able to withstand whatever Mother Nature throws our way. Eyes are on Texas and its grid challenges and many question if the same crisis can happen in North Carolina. Hear from Duke Energy and large business consumers on the importance of grid strengthening initiatives and how North Carolina is better positioned to ensure reliable power for all.

11:30 amClosing Remarks

Peter Daniel, Jr., Government Affairs Manager, NC Chamber