Sessions Announced for the 2023 State Energy Conference of North Carolina

The 2023 State Energy Conference (SEC) of North Carolina will be held in-person at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh, NC on April 25 and 26. 

The conference, hosted by NC State University’s Office of Professional Development and the NC Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC), offers this annual two-day event for professionals in the energy industry and researchers. Entering its twenty-first year, the annual conference has earned a reputation as the premier forum highlighting and discussing energy issues in North Carolina and beyond. Professionals can earn continuing education credits, and receive actionable insight into the business of energy, connecting technical innovation, diverse resources and industry opportunity. 

“This is an electrifying time to be in the energy industry,” said Steve Kalland, Executive Director of NCCETC. “Attendees will hear about a wide range of topics, including trends, emerging technologies, success stories and best practices. Along with our many organizational partners, we are proud to bring this conference together for North Carolina’s energy professionals.”

Diane Cherry, Owner of Diane Cherry Consulting is excited to attend the largest energy conference in North Carolina. “Each year the conference covers everything from state policy to the nuts and bolts of clean energy implementation issues. Where else can you get content from six different tracks and five sessions within each track?” Cherry said. “It is a great networking event and I look forward to it each April.”

Why should you attend?

Sessions at the SEC will examine the impacts of energy technologies, policy and finance on customers at all levels of the energy marketplace:

  • Commercial & Industrial Buildings
  • Clean Transportation
  • Residential Homes
  • Governmental & Institutional Buildings
  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy Innovation and Deployment
  • Utilities & Infrastructure

Attendees will be able to choose among 30 different sessions across six tracks. Engineers, architects, energy managers, energy auditors, planners and other self-reporting professional organizations can receive continuing education credits for attending live sessions in-person. Learn more about continuing education credits offered by the 2023 State Energy Conference of NC online

Keynote Speakers & Plenaries

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

Morning Keynote Plenary: Pathways to Meet Corporate Demand for Clean Power

Speakers Announced Soon!

Luncheon Keynote: Live Recording of Squeaky Clean Podcast – How Federal Action Has Created NC Funding Opportunities

Matt Abele, Director of Marketing & Communications, NC Sustainable Energy Association

Kameale Terry, CEO, ChargerHelp!

Afternoon Keynote: North Carolina Energy Policy in 2023: Different Perspectives on What’s in Play

Chris Carmody, Executive Director, Carolinas Clean Energy Business Association

Kendal Bowman, State President, Duke Energy

Christina Cress, Partner, Bailey & Dixon, LLP

Reese Rogers, Clean Energy Buyers Association

Moderator: Steve Kalland, Executive Director, NC Clean Energy Technology Center

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Morning Keynote Plenary: Looking to the Future, Emerging Technologies & Opportunities

Speakers Announced Soon!

Luncheon Keynote: $109 Billion Opportunity for East Coast States via Offshore Wind: Who’s Going to Get It?

Joshua Kaplowitz, Offshore Wind, American Clean Power

You can find more information about all of the keynote speakers featured in conference plenaries on the website.

Tracks & Sessions

Track: Residential Homes/Clean Transportation

Supporting Low-Income Homeowners with Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

Achieving kW and kWh Savings Through Innovative Technologies

Exploring Partnerships and New Methods to Increase the Impact of Weatherization

Planning for Sustainability, Equity, and Economic Development in Transportation

Planning for Demand Charges for Electric Vehicles

Track: Commercial & Industrial Buildings 

Incentives for Commercial and Industrial Buildings

Grid Responsive Buildings

Show Me the Workforce

Energy Audits for Decarbonization

NC Carbon Plan: C+I Implications

Track: Governmental & Institutional Buildings

EO 271 & the Public Sector’s Role in the Future of ZEV in North Carolina

A Bold Choice – Geothermal Central Energy Plant at Wake Tech Community College

Energy Conservation Measure Potpourri

Microgrid Case Studies for the Public Sector

The Intersection of IAQ and Energy Savings: Smart Labs, Outdoor Air Management and More

Track: Renewable Energy

Workforce Diversification in Clean Energy

What’s Next for the Carbon Plan? Programs, Implementation, and Updates

Land Use and Permitting Constraints

Customer Clean Energy Programs

Renewable Federal Funding Guidance and Distribution

Track: Utilities & Infrastructure

Grid Investment and Cost Allocation to Accommodate More Clean Energy

New Challenges to Resiliency: Bullets + Bombs (Cyclones)

Electric Vehicles and the Grid

What Could New Nuclear Resources Look Like in NC in 2050?

Decarbonizing Gas Infrastructure to Reach Net-Zero

Track: Innovative Technology & Deployment

Beneficial Electrification: Emerging Trends and Technology

Carbon Capture: Emerging Technologies and Innovative Applications

Innovative Municipal Clean Energy Deployments

Energy Storage: What’s Next?

North Carolina Universities: Leading Clean Energy Innovation

View the entire conference agenda online for more information about session times and descriptions.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of the energy discussion in North Carolina. Learn about new energy solutions and best practices helping to drive a diverse energy mix in our state. The conference is expected to attract over 800 attendees this year. Exhibitors spanning all energy sectors showcase the latest in products and services focusing on energy research and technology.

Advanced registration is required. Full details can be found at the conference web page: