The 2016 Chamber Energy Summit convened on Friday, November 18 with over 100 attendees. Summit chair Doug Esamann, Executive Vice President, Energy Solutions and President, Midwest and Florida Regions, Duke Energy, lead business, education and community leaders to 'Plug Into Charlotte's Energy Economy.'
Charlotte’s energy cluster includes over 200 companies and more than 36,000 employees. The Charlotte region advantage is especially pronounced in nuclear power generation, a sector in which Charlotte boasts more than 5 times the national average of employment. The economic impact of the Charlotte region energy industry go well beyond the 36,000 people employed in the industry. Spending by energy companies and their employees generates an additional 45,000 in indirect jobs. In total, the energy industry has a $17.8 billion impact on the Charlotte region economy.
With a significant economic and environmental impact, summit attendees heard from speakers on a variety of industry trends, challenges and opportunities. Attendees learned about the integrated energy network of the future from Mike Howard, President and CEO of Electric Power Research Institute.
Other topics included how businesses can plug into the energy economy, driving energy innovation, and access into the energy sector while building a sustainable business. Additionally, the 2016 Wells Fargo Green Awards were presented to recognize member companies that have incorporated innovative, sustainable practices in the products they produce, the services they provide and within the culture of their company. The Green Awards winners were Belvedere Family Dentistry in the small business category and Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in the large business category.
7:30 – 8 a.m. Registration and Networking
8 - 8:15 a.m. Welcome Economic Impact of Energy in the Charlotte Region Doug Esamann, Executive Vice President, Energy Solutions and President, Midwest and Florida Regions, Duke Energy View bio >>
8:15 – 8:45 a.m. Integrated Energy Network: A Pathway to the Future Mike Howard, president and CEO, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) View bio >>
8:45 – 9:45 a.m. Prospering in Charlotte’s Energy Economy How to access the energy economy and create and sustain a business Moderator: Elizabeth Colbert-Busch, Director of Business Development, Clemson University Restoration Institute View bio >> Speakers: Shlomi Palas, CEO, Blue Sphere View bio >> Laura Jones, partner, Hunton & Williams View bio >> Kevin Poet, Head of Charlotte Plant Operations, Siemens View bio >> Jimmy Morgan, EVP Operations, Babcock & Wilcox View bio >>
9:45 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Networking Break Topic discussion tables Tables: Starting a business, Bob Irvin, CLT Joules View bio >> Energy Technology, Tom Shircliff, Intelligent Buildings, Inc View bio >> Educational Opportunities, Jill Lutz, CPCC View bio >> Financing, Greg Cox, Bank of America Merrill Lynch View bio >>
10:15 – 10:45 a.m. Driving Green Innovation In NASCAR Catherine Kummer, senior director, NASCAR Green Innovation View bio >>
10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Benefiting from Charlotte’s Energy Economy What your businesses can get out of plugging into the energy economy Moderator: Shawn Young, Managing Director, Regions Financial Corporation Speakers: David Young, Director of EPIC, UNC Charlotte View bio >> Randy Lucas, Lucas Tax & Energy View bio >> Mark Feasel, VP, Electric Utility Segment & Smart Grid, Schneider Electric View bio >> Michael Roberts, Carolinas HealthCare System
12 – 12:30 p.m. Networking Break and Buffet Lunch Topic discussion tables Tables: Starting a business, Bob Irvin, CLT Joules Energy Technology, Tom Shircliff, Intelligent Buildings, Inc Educational Opportunities, Jill Lutz, CPCC Financing, Greg Cox, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch, Awards, and Keynote
Presentation of the Greenworks Awards by Chair, Greenworks Council
Keynote Address: The Carolinas Energy Economy David Doctor, president and CEO, E4 Carolinas View bio >>
1:30 p.m. Closing and Transition to Energy In Action Tours Doug Esamman
1:30 p.m. Energy In Action Tours - NASCAR Plaza Building Duke Energy’s Renewable Control Center EPRI Technological Innovations