Friday, November 15, 2013 | Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge

The chamber’s 2013 Energy Summit was held on Nov. 15 at the Ballantyne Hotel and Lodge. Keynote speaker Christine Todd Whitman, co-chair of The Clean and Safe Energy Coalition, and former governor of New Jersey and EPA administrator spoke about key efforts being implemented that impact the reliability and sustainability of nuclear energy. She also gave a shout out to North Carolina, a leader in the nuclear industry, as she reflected on the economic impact of the industry in our state.

A panel discussion focused on the role of technology in energy’s future. That technology includes smart and micro grids, cyber security and bulk storage. Panelists shared perspectives with us on current initiatives. They spoke about challenges in leveraging new technologies for energy innovation.

Attendees also learned about the role of gas in our nation’s future and what to look for in the years ahead. Additionally, the 2013 Wells Fargo Green Awards were presented to JW Demolition and Charlotte Latin School for their sustainability efforts related to environmental responsibility. The chamber looks forward to hosting the 2014 Energy Summit and continuing conversation on the emerging industry’s economic impact on the Charlotte region.

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7:30 – 8 a.m.
Registration, Breakfast and Networking

8 a.m.
Welcome and Industry Update
— Jeff Merrifield, Summit Chair, Senior Vice President, CB&I

Keynote Address — Christine Todd Whitman, Co-chair, The Clean and Safe Energy Coalition (CASEnergy)

Technology in Energy’s Future (cyber security, bulk storage, smart and micro grids)
Panelists: Johan Enslin, Director, Energy Production and Infrastructure Center (EPIC), UNC Charlotte; Joe Forbes, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Causam Holdings, LLC; Dan Sowder, Senior Project Manager, Duke Energy
Moderator: Lisa Vaughn, Partner, Winston & Strawn

The Role of Gas in Our Nation’s Future (fleets, manufacturing, exploration)
Frank Yoho, Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Operations Officer, Piedmont Natural Gas

Wells Fargo Green Awards Presentation
Jeff Merrifield, Summit Chair, Senior Vice President, CB&I
Jay Everette, Wells Fargo Green Awards sponsor and Community Affairs Manager of Wells Fargo
Dale Gillmore, GreenWorks Chair and co-founder of Boatsman Gillmore Wagner PLLC
Bert Lynn, Green Awards Chair and Project Manager of Mecklenburg County Government

Click here to view videos of the 2013 Wells Fargo Green Awards winners.
Does your company implement sustainability efforts? Stay tuned for late spring 2014 when the application process begins for the 2014 Green Awards.

1 p.m.

Jeff Merrifield, Summit Chair, Senior Vice President, CB&I

2012 Energy Summit