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Wednesday, April 20

7:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM Welcome and Keynote Speaker
Keynote Panel: Energy from Different Economic Development Perspectives
Diane Cherry, Strategic Director, NC Sustainable Energy Association (moderator)
Chris Chung, CEO, North Carolina's Economic Development Partnership
Gary Lanier, Director, Columbus County Economic Commission & Columbus County Planning Department
Scott Dorney, Executive Director, North Carolina Military Business Center
Paul Sherman, Associate State Legislative Director, North Carolina Farm Bureau Federation
10:00 AM Exhibits, Networking, and Refreshments
10:30 AM Participate in concurrent sessions

A1 - Energy Access in Hard to Reach Markets
B1 - Consumer Choice: What Drives a Business to Adopt Solar?
C1 - Streamlined Performance Contracting for Governmental Buildings
D1 - Innovative Smart City Development
E1 - How Transportation Drives North Carolina's Economy
12:00 PM Luncheon Keynote Speaker
Margo Oge, Former Director, Office of Transportation Air Quality, U.S. EPA and Distinguished Fellow at ClimateWorks
1:30 PM Participate in concurrent sessions

A2 - Smart Home Design
B2 - Delivering the Nuclear Promise
C2 - Commercial and Industrial Buildings Innovation
D2 - Clean Energy Finance Innovations
E2 - Alternative Transportation Fuels
3:00 PM Exhibits, Networking, and Refreshments
3:30 PM Participate in concurrent sessions

A3 - How Are We Doing with the 2012 North Carolina Energy Code
B3 - How Much Solar Can North Carolina's Grid Handle?
C3 - Renewable Energy Opportunities for Commercial and Institutional Buildings
D3 - Research for the Real World
E3 - Reducing Transportation Impacts through Transit, Biking and Walking Investments
5:00 PM Join the Exhibitors at the Networking Social Sponsored by ABB

Thursday, April 21

7:30 AM Continental Breakfast and Exhibits Networking
8:30 AM Announcements and Keynote Plenary
Microgrids: Innovative and Collaborative
Vik Rao, Executive Director, Research Triangle Energy Consortium (moderator)
Nathan Adams, General Manager, North American Microgrids, ABB
Tom Fenimore, Technology Development Manager, Duke Energy
Steven Pullins, VP, Microgrid Solutions, Hitachi Americas
10:00 AM Exhibits, Networking, and Refreshments
10:30 AM Participate in concurrent sessions

A4 - Future of Energy Use in High Performance Homes
B4 - The Business of Clean Power
C4 - Commercial and Institutional Energy Efficiency Update
D4 - The Evolving Grid
E4 - Programs and Policies to Support Sustainable Transportation
12:00 PM Luncheon Keynote Plenary
Progress and New Opportunities in Bioenergy in North Carolina
Gus Simmons, Director of Bioenergy, Cavanaugh (moderator)
Anand Gangadharan, President, NOVI Energy
Pryor Gibson, Executive Vice President, N.C. Forestry Association
Representative Jimmy Dixon, North Carolina General Assembly
Senator Brent Jackson, North Carolina General Assembly
1:30 PM Participate in concurrent sessions

A5 - Duke University Pilots an Energy Efficiency Program for Employees
B5 - Wind Power in North Carolina: Our Future Economic Development Powerhouse
C5 - Third Party Ownership Structures and Net Metering Considerations
D5 - Advanced Small Modular Nuclear Reactors
E5 - Permitting New Energy Infrastructure
3:00 PM Conference Adjourns
3:00-5:00 PM Career Fair presented by the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster