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Wednesday, March 28th, 2012 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The world is increasingly flat in Clean Technology. While local and regional markets exist for Clean Tech, national and international markets contain key drivers that impact market acceptance and economic viability that provide opportunities to achieve significant business viability and scale. For entrepreneurs located in Atlanta or Research Triangle, what are some key considerations in addressing markets, raising capital, hiring employees and building company infrastructure to address growing national and international markets?
On March 28, plan to join a panel discussion of entrepreneurs and a market analyst on this important topic.
Paul Quinlan, Managing Director, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association
Paul handles the day-to-day operations of the organization and directs research, outreach, and fundraising activities. He has served on numerous advisory groups including the North Carolina Wind Technical Advisory Committee, Energy Efficiency Work Group of the North Carolina Energy Policy Council, Western North Carolina Clean Energy Economy Leadership Group, and Steering Committee of the State Energy Sector Partnership. He has testified at the NC Utilities Commission and consulted for the U.S. Department of Energy.
Paul co-authors the annual North Carolina Clean Energy Data Book and the annual North Carolina Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Industries Census. He is a regular instructor at the Renewable Energy Technologies Diploma Series offered by NC State University and serves on the Board of Directors of Clean Energy Durham. He earned a B.S. from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Public Policy and Master of Environmental Management from Duke University.
Player Pate, Director of Marketing, JouleX
Player serves as Director of Marketing at JouleX, where he oversees go-to-market strategies, sales pipeline management, and program execution across global markets. JouleX is a leading innovator in sustainable energy management for the enterprise. The JouleX Energy Manager (JEM) automatically monitors, analyzes and controls the energy consumed by all devices connected to networks, which provides enterprises unprecedented visibility and control over consumption and utilization of energy throughout distributed office environments, data centers and facilities management systems. JouleX is headquartered in Atlanta with offices in Shanghai, Tokyo, Paris, Munich and Kassel, Germany, and throughout the United States.
Prior to joining JouleX, Player was Director of Business Development at IBM where he led partner strategy for IBM’s security services division. Pate has also held various marketing positions at both IBM and Internet Security Systems, which was acquired by IBM in 2006 for $1.5 Billion. He holds bachelors of arts degrees in Marketing and in Philosophy from the College of Charleston.
Anthony Coker, Sr. Director, Market and Solutions Development, Suniva, Inc.
Anthony is responsible for solutions development, key customer relationships and global product certifications. Suniva is an American manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and high-power solar modules. The company evolved from the work of Professor Ajeet Rohatgi of the Georgia Institute of Technology’s University Center of Excellence in Photovoltaics (UCEP). Suniva is the highest cell efficiency producer in the U.S. with production cell efficiencies exceeding 19% and R&D cell efficiencies exceeding 20%.
Anthony is also a board member of with Technology Association of Georgia’s Smart Grid Society and is Chair of the Georgia Solar Energy Association. Anthony has held management, sales, marketing and engineering roles with GE Plastics, Dow Corning/Hemlock Semiconductor, Accenture, Software AG, ITW Chemtronics, and Davy Powergas/McKee. He holds a BChE from Georgia Tech and has pursued an executive MBA at Southern Methodist University’s Cox School of Business.
Wednesday, November 16th from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The Energy Information Administration states that “nuclear power plants generate approximately 20 percent of U.S. electricity (23 percent for Georgia), and the plants in operation today are often seen as attractive assets in the current environment of uncertainty about future fossil fuel prices, high construction costs for new power plants (particularly nuclear plants), and the potential enactment of GHG regulations.”
For almost 30 years, no new commercial nuclear plants have been developed in the US. In recent years, interest has been rekindled in this generation source because of the age of existing nuclear power plants and projected demand for power. However, the March 2011 earthquake that hit Japan and damaged several reactors has caused a careful examination of nuclear power plant design and deployment.
On November 16, plan to join a panel of experts to discuss the role of nuclear power, post-Fukushima, in meeting future energy demand in the Southeast.
Glenn Sjoden, Professor, School of Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Glenn is an expert in integrated nuclear system design, simulation, optimization, and methods development for both nuclear power systems and radiation detection applications.
Glenn has more than 26 years of experience in a broad range of science and engineering applications as a technical director, nuclear research officer, professor, lead design engineer, and as a licensed engineering consultant. He came to Georgia Tech in November 2010 after serving on the faculty of the University of Florida in Gainesville. Glenn’s experience includes treaty monitoring with the Air Force Technical Applications Center (AFTAC), and work in nuclear, biological, and chemical (NBC) arms control, and on advanced technology defense programs for the U.S. Government. He has also served as a technical expert and research lead for critical reviews supporting the Limited Test Ban Treaty (LTBT), the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, and numerous classified defense projects. In addition, Glenn has completed more than 20 years of military service in the U.S. Air Force, retiring in 2004 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
Glenn has a B.S. from Texas A&M University, a M.S. from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.
Howard Axelrod, Economist, Energy Strategies
Howard has more than 40 years of experience in the electric and gas utilities industry. He has testified before numerous state regulatory agencies and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) on topics that include resource planning, power contract management and utility operations and management. He has worked for the GE, several State of New York agencies including the NYS Public Service Commission, Planmetrics and Resource Management (now Navigant).
His clients include the Southern Company and Georgia Power, The Energy Authority, New York Power Authority, Mirant, Santee Cooper Power, Brookhaven National Laboratory, Connecticut Municipal Electric Energy Cooperative and Massachusetts Wholesale Electric Energy Company.
Howard has a PhD in Managerial Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a MBA in Marketing from the State University of New York and BSEE & MSEE degrees in Power Systems from Northeastern University. He is a Professional Engineer and Senior Member of IEEE.
Brian Debs, Industry Advisory Board, Laser Inertial Fusion Energy Initiative, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
Brian has pursued a 38-year career within the nuclear power industry. After serving in the U.S. Navy as a commissioned officer, he joined the Westinghouse Electric Company as an operations manager in support of the U.S. Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, and later as a member of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s management team. Subsequent to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Brian held executive positions with Gilbert Commonwealth Corporation, an architectural and engineering firm and Ontario Power Generation Company in the management of their twenty nuclear reactors and heavy water production and tritium recovery facilities.
Brian has participated actively on the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) International Advisory Council and has served as a director of several corporations and as Chairman of the RO International Institute. He now sits on the National Ignition Facility’s Senior Operational Advisory Committee
Brian has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from Purdue University.
Wednesday, September 28 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Note time change.)
According to the US Energy Information Administration’s Annual Energy Outlook 2011, the United States possesses 2.5 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) of potential natural gas resources. Natural gas from shale resources, considered uneconomical just a few years ago, accounts for 862 Tcf of this resource estimate, more than double the estimate EIA published last year. At the 2010 rate of U.S. consumption (about 24.1 Bcf per year), 2.5 Tcf of natural gas is enough to supply over 100 years of use.
Is natural gas the silver bullet for meeting future US and regional energy demand for electricity and vehicle fuels? What is the impact of the increasing supply of natural gas prices on other energy resources, e.g., coal, nuclear, solar and wind? Does it stand to reason that US natural gas production should be used solely for domestic purposes? These and other questions will be considered at the September 28th Georgia Tech Clean Energy Speakers Series.
Don Haley, Vice President, Business Development, Chevron Natural Gas
Chevron Natural Gas (CNG) markets Chevron’s equity natural gas production in North America and the U.K. and also procures gas supply for company refineries, cogeneration plants and enhanced oil recovery operations. Don helped lead the startup of CNG in 2003 as VP Trading, responsible for physical and financial trading, transportation, storage and scheduling.
In his current role, Don oversees CNG’s European gas marketing and trading office based in London, CNG’s Market Research & Analytics team in Houston, and various LNG-related business development activities.
Don holds a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
David Wochner, Counsel, Sutherland
A member of Sutherland’s Energy and Environmental Practice Group, David focuses on regulatory, policy and transactional issues related to energy and environmental matters. David’s clients include natural gas and LNG marketers and importers, infrastructure developers, oil and gas drilling companies, financial institutions, and state and provincial government officials. His experience includes:
- Interstate natural gas pipelines operations and policies before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC).
- Minerals Management Service (MMS) leasing issues associated with offshore energy facilities, including LNG terminals, wind and hydrokinetic power facilities, and natural gas pipelines.
- Capacity and transportation rights and obligations at U.S. and European liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminals and on downstream pipelines.
In addition, he is co-founder of the LNG Law Blog, a leading industry source for North American LNG news. David has a BSFS from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a JD from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Wednesday, May 18 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Analysts estimate that over $300 billion (pubic and private) will likely be invested in electric transmission in the United States during the next 20 years. Several factors drive this investment agenda, which include: updating/replacing old infrastructure, providing infrastructure that eases the transmission of alternative power sources, facilitating wholesale power market liquidity, and improving power reliability and energy security.
Plan to join these panelists for a timely discussion the high-voltage grid of the future.
Jimmy Glotfelty, Executive Vice President, Clean Line Energy Partners
Jimmy is a well-known expert in electric transmission and distribution, generation, energy policy, and energy security. He most recently held the position of Vice President, Energy Markets, for ICF Consulting. Jimmy served in the U.S. Department of Energy where he was the Founder and Director of the Office of Electric Transmission and Distribution, a $100 million per year electricity transmission and distribution (T&D) research and development program. Jimmy also was the lead U.S. representative to the joint U.S.-Canadian Power System Outage Task Force investigating the Blackout of August 2003. While at DOE, he led teams that focused on researching T&D technologies, gaining Presidential permits for cross-border transmission lines, studying the impacts of Regional Transmission Organizations (RTO), identifying major transmission bottlenecks, and securing the critical energy infrastructure for the United States.
Dan Frank, Partner, Sutherland
A member of Sutherland’s Energy and Environmental Practice Group, Dan focuses on the electric industry. He represents energy trading companies, electric cooperatives and other electric utilities, generators, and end users before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and state public utility commissions and in North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) compliance matters. He counsels transmission owners and other market participants on transmission access, pricing and cost allocation issues, has drafted interconnection and transmission service agreements, and advises clients in transmission-related disputes. Before joining Sutherland, Dan served as a law clerk for the Honorable Danny Boggs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Wednesday, April 27 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Consumer adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in the United States is anticipated to be significant and rapid. In fact, some prognosticators compare it to the roll-out of air conditioning. While possibly overstated in terms of scale, nevertheless, the use of these vehicles will affect utilization of the grid. What potential challenges and opportunities exist for power demand, two-way power flows and power management? Plan on joining the April program to hear discussions of these issues.
Thomas J. (Tom) King is the Director of the Energy Efficiency and Electricity Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)
Tom is responsible for leading, coordinating and implementing ORNL’s research and development portfolio of projects conducted for the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and the Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability. The diverse R&D portfolio includes the Renewable Energy portfolio – Solar, Wind and Hydropower, Biomass and Geothermal; Building Technologies; Distributed Energy Systems Integration; Transmission Reliability; Electricity Storage and Power Electronics, and Electric Grid Modeling and Visualization.
Prior to joining ORNL, Tom was employed at Progress Energy where he held various management positions in fossil-based power generation. He holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clarkson University and an M.S. in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He also received a business degree from the University of Tennessee.
Ben Echols, Program Manager, Electric Transportation, Georgia Power
Based in Atlanta, Ben manages electric transportation (ET) program activities for Georgia Power Company. He has been involved with Georgia Power’s ET activities since 1997. Ben works with manufacturers, utilities, and research/policy organizations across North America representing Georgia Power and Southern Company where he focuses on evaluating economic, efficiency, and environmental benefits of using electricity as a transportation fuel. Specific electric transportation projects include: public infrastructure development for electric vehicles, and car share demonstration program using Think electric vehicles.
Before electric transportation, Ben worked in Southern Company’s IT group. He has over 25 years of service with the Southern Company. Ben received a B.S. degree in Computer Science from Kennesaw State University.
Paul Lomangino, Engineering Tools Manager, Tesla Motors
Paul joined Tesla Motors in 2006 with the purpose of defining and implementing a computer aided design (CAD) and product data management (PDM) strategy for the company. Since then, he has worked to define tools and methods to streamline product development through concept creation, engineering, manufacturing and service. The Tesla Roadster (two-door) and Model S (four-door sedan) are two projects which Paul has managed from a CAD/PDM perspective. Prior to joining Tesla, Paul had over 10 years of experience in the automotive, high tech and process engineering domains working for large companies to small startups. His primary focus has been to enable engineering innovation and process improvement through technology and process advances.
Paul holds bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Wednesday, January 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Liquid fuels production and the generation of electricity from many sources requires substantial amounts of water. In addition to considerations about water quantity, is water quality affected in the process of meeting society’s increasing energy requirements? Plan to participate in this important discussion on the relationship of energy and water.
John Crittenden, Director, Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems, Georgia Institute of Technology. Dr. Crittenden’s research interests involve pollution prevention, energy/water dynamics, heat and mass transfer and systems modeling. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar. Dr. Crittenden has a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Michigan.
Brennan Smith, Program Manager, Wind and Water Power Technologies, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Dr. Smith’s work focuses on energy, water and environmental optimization in hydropower-thermal systems. Specific interests include: energy-water interdependencies in regulated water basins, water use optimization for integrated river systems and effect of hydropower on water availability and riverine ecosystems. Dr. Smith’s PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering is from the University of Iowa.
Moderator: Judy Adler, Senior Program Officer, Turner Foundation. Ms. Adler manages the strategic direction of the water, energy and air programs. With a background in environmental engineering, Judy formerly worked for the State of Georgia’s Sustainability Division where she managed a team of engineers that helped businesses and institutions across the state reduce their environmental footprint. She has Bachelor of Engineering from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, she is a licensed professional engineer and a Certified Energy Manager.
Wednesday, November 17 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Understanding the economic impact of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and addressing the management of an organization’s GHG footprint, be it domestic or international, is complex and challenging. On November 17, speakers will consider organizational strategies for managing GHG emissions.
Ken Ostrowski, Director, McKinsey & Company
Ken Ostrowski is a Director in McKinsey’s Atlanta Office with over 26 years of consulting experience. Mr. Ostrowski leads McKinsey’s North America Electric Power and Natural Gas Practice. Over the course of his career, he has served electric power, natural gas, and industrial clients in refining their strategic, aspirations and direction, and aligning the organizational, regulatory, and operational elements necessary to execute. Mr. Ostrowski co-authored the report “Reducing U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions: How Much at What Cost” and the recently released “Unlocking Energy Efficiency in the U.S. Economy”. Mr. Ostrowski also co-leads McKinsey’s U.S. Utility roundtables on Procurement, Generation, and T&D, which assembles leading company executives to discuss key issues facing the industry in these respective business areas.
He received an M.B.A. in General Management with honors from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, magna cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame.
Sunny Nastase, Senior Director, Sustainability Solutions, UPS, Inc.
Ms. Nastase is responsible for a number of UPS programs that include carbon emissions reporting, carbon neutral shipping, eco responsible packaging program and green consulting. She is also responsible for UPS’s package design and test lab and dangerous goods areas. During her career at UPS, she has been involved in a number of facets of supply chain management and streamlining. She has done extensive work in understanding/mapping and optimizing global supply chains and has held various positions including a key role in establishing a Program Mgmt function for addressing complex, multi-product, multi-geo customers. In addition, Sunny has served as Vice President of Partnerships and Alliances for UPS’s e-Ventures program.
Ms. Nastase has a MS in Organization Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and joint BS/BA from the University of Florida.
Wednesday, October 27 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The speakers will consider the extent to which coal will serve as a feedstock for power generation, with one utility’s Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) as a case study. In addition, the speakers will address the prospects for carbon capture and sequestration technologies at utility-scale.
Gary Brinkworth, Senior Manager for New Generation and Portfolio Optimization, Tennessee Valley Authority.
Mr. Brinkworth has over 28 years of utility industry experience in generation and transmission planning, forecasting, demand-side management evaluation & rate analysis. He has a B.S. and M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University, and is a registered professional engineer in 4 states. Mr. Brinkworth began his career at Southern Company in Birmingham, AL and then moved to Tallahassee, FL where he worked for 20 years for the municipal utility there in various assignments. He joined TVA in March 2009 and oversees the development of long-term capacity plans, including the current Integrated Resource Plan effort. His experience includes work with several regional and national utility industry groups, including the Southeast Electric Reliability Corp (SERC) and the Florida Reliability Coordinating Council (FRCC), as well as serving on several North American Electric Reliability Corp (NERC) committees and task forces.
Gerald (Jerry) Hill, Senior Technical Advisor to the Southern States Energy Board (SSEB).
Dr. Hill has over thirty years experience with the petroleum and electric utility industries, and has a Doctorate in Civil Engineering from the University of Iowa. Dr. Hill coordinates the technical aspects of climate change projects for the Southern States Energy Board. In 2003, SSEB entered into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy to lead the Southeastern Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (SECARB). The Southeast partnership currently is conducting four Phase II small-scale CO2 injection experiments and has initiated activities for two Phase III large-scale CO2 injection experiments.
Wednesday, September 29 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The speakers will consider the viability of wind as a source for utility and commercial-scale power in the Southeast. Topics will include Southeast wind resources, technology viability and fit, project development and public policy.
Nick Rigas, Director and Sr. Scientist, S.C. Offshore Wind Collaborative, Clemson University
Dr. Rigas is responsible for the design, construction and operation of the only facility in the world capable of testing 5MW to 30MW wind turbine drive trains with 30 percent overload capacity. He is an adjunct professor for Clemson University. Dr. Rigas also serves as the Vice President of Project Development for EcoEnergy where he is responsible for the development of more than 3000 MW of wind power projects throughout the Midwest and Arizona. He holds a doctoral degree in chemical engineering from Washington University in St. Louis.
Amir Mikhail, Sr. Vice President, Engineering, Clipper Windpower
Dr. Mikhail is responsible for the design of Clipper’s new Liberty® 2.5 MW wind turbine. He served as Vice President of Engineering for Zond and Enron Wind Corp. from 1989-2000. In those capacities he led the engineering design of the Z-class 550 kW to 1.5 MW wind turbines. Dr. Mikhail has more than thirty publications in the wind power field and thirteen awarded patents. Dr. Mikhail received a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Mathematics from the University of Cairo and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Spencer Hanes, Director Commercial Policy, Duke Energy
Mr. Hanes is Director of Commercial Policy for Duke Energy. He supports Duke Energy’s Commercial Renewable Energy businesses through state and Federal policy and development work, including Duke Energy Generation Services’ 750 MW of wind assets. Mr. Hanes joined Duke Energy in 2008 to help develop the company’s regulated renewable energy strategy for compliance with the recently passed Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard law. Mr. Hanes led the development efforts of Duke Energy’s Coastal Wind Energy Demonstration Project in eastern Pamlico Sound before moving to the unregulated Commercial Business. Mr. Hanes is a North Carolina native from Winston-Salem and holds a B.A. from the University of Colorado; a joint law degree and Master of Environmental Law and Policy from the Vermont Law School and an M.B.A. from Wake Forest University.
Wednesday, May 26 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
The speakers will consider requirements for development of successful utility, commercial and residential-scale solar projects in the Southeast. Considerations will include site location, power purchase agreements, project finance and public policy.
Amy Heinemann, Policy Analyst, North Carolina Solar Center.
Amy’s work includes researching state, local and utility incentives and policies for the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE). She focuses on policies in the Southeast and Pacific Northwest and also manages DSIRE Solar and the DSIRE Quantitative Database. Amy’s research interests have focused on renewable energy development, climate change policy, industrial ecology, and corporate sustainability.
Amy has a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the George Washington University and a Master of Environmental Management from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Michael Shore, CEO, FLS Energy
FLS Energy has developed, designed, installed, and financed some of the most important solar energy projects in the Southeast. Micahel’s company has grown from three employees in 2006 to over 50 employees today. He has written extensively on sustainability issues, and has served on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency Leadership Group and North Carolina’s Global Climate Change Commission.
Michael has a Masters in Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University and a second Masters in Environmental Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kerinia Cusick, Director of Government Affairs, SunEdison
With a background in energy policy and renewable energy financial analysis, Kerinia Cusick works to develop solar friendly policies in states east of the Mississippi. In this role, Kerinia primarily supports legislators, regulators, and energy offices focusing on creating solar markets in their states. Kerinia joined SunEdison from Think Energy, a renewable energy consulting firm. In that role, she worked with clients to evaluate the financial benefit of renewable energy technologies and did preliminary design of a state-wide renewable energy portfolio
Kerinia holds an MS in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Drexel University. She is a co-chair of Women’s Council on Energy and Environment, and a member of the Board of Directors for Maryland-DC-Virginia Solar Energy Industry Association.