2021 SC Clean Energy Conference

Setting the Pace for Decarbonization and Reliability through Clean Energy

-Presented by the South Carolina Clean Energy Industries Task Force of E4 Carolinas-

Thursday, December 9

SPONSORED BY: DUKE ENERGY

* AGENDA SUBJECT TO CHANGE *

 

For almost a decade, South Carolina has experienced record-breaking clean energy development enabled by consensus-driven state-level actions, regulatory changes, and evolving technology.  Join leading voices from the state and industry for an in-depth discussion on how the latest policy activities at the state, regional, federal, and even global levels are influencing decarbonization across the Palmetto State. We’ll cover the opportunities - and the challenges - they create for to industry looking to decarbonize across a global supply chain while maintaining local operational reliability.  We will also take a close look at the unique advantages increased clean-energy adoption can create for economic development and resilience and then hear from legislators on their expectation for clean-energy action in the 2022 legislative session, beginning less than a month after the conference.

 

And, for the first time ever, the SC Clean Energy Conference will include pre-conference sessions, one covering the current and emerging market opportunities from offshore wind energy and a new statewide leadership program devoted specifically to sustainability.

 

JOIN US – SAFELY!

All attendees will be required to wear a mask indoors.  Speakers are allowed to unmask during their sessions.  Seating will be socially distanced.  Outdoor spaces will be available for breaks.

A Livestream option will be available for those needing to participate virtually – rather than in-person – because they are feeling unwell or fall within the most recent CDC COVID quarantine protocols due to recent close exposure to an individual who has tested positive for COVID.  The Livestream link will be emailed to ALL attendees on Tuesday, December 7, by 6 pm EST.  Should you not receive this link by then, please check your non-primary email folders.  If you do not see it in these other folders, please email jessicabuchanan@e4carolinas.org.

Wednesday, December 8th

Held at Younts Conference Center on the Furman University campus

3:00-4:00 pm       Pre-Conference Session Options

  • Offshore Wind Supply Chain Development Opportunities for SC - Presented by the Southeastern Wind Coalition (E4 Carolinas Member)
    • Emmanuel Martin-Lauzer, Director of Business Development, Nexans High Voltage USA
    • Todd Miller, Vice-President of Business Development W International SC, Naval Manufacturing, Aerospace and Offshore Wind
    • Kurt Goodwin, Senior Advisor at Beehive3D, Inc. – formerly with GE
  • SC’s NEW Sustainability Leadership Institute (SLI) Program - Presented by the Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities
    • Kelly Grant Bertrand, Associate Director of Sustainability Programs, Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities
    • Courtney Quinn, Program Director, Sustainability Leadership Institute

4:30-6:30 pm         2021 Speakers & Sponsors Reception 

All pre-conference session attendees are invited to this reception.  Please do not attend this reception if you are not a speaker, sponsor or pre-conference session attendee.  Thank you!

Thursday, December 9th

Held at Younts Conference Center on the Furman University campus

For almost a decade, South Carolina has experienced record-breaking clean energy development enabled by consensus-driven state-level actions, regulatory changes, and evolving technology.  Join leading voices from the state and industry for an in-depth discussion on how the latest policy activities at the state, regional, federal, and even global levels are influencing decarbonization across the Palmetto State. We’ll cover the opportunities - and the challenges - they create for to industry looking to decarbonize across a global supply chain while maintaining local operational reliability.  We will also take a close look at the unique advantages increased clean-energy adoption can create for economic development and resilience and then hear from legislators on their expectation for clean-energy action in the 2022 legislative session, beginning less than a month after the conference.

 

8:15 am         Registration Opens- Networking Breakfast

OPENING REMARKS

9:00 am         Call to Order

  • Safety Remarks & Agenda Overview - Bonnie Loomis, Managing Director – SC, E4 Carolinas 

9:10 am         Welcome Comments

  • Dr. Ken Peterson, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, Furman University
  • Michael Frixen, Sustainability Coordinator & Assistant to the City Manager, City of Greenville - confirmed             

9:30 am         Keynote Comments

  • Jeff Merrifield, Chair, E4 Carolinas Board of Directors & Energy Section Leader & Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw & Pittman LLP (via recorded message)
  • SC Clean Energy Industry Task Force Co-Chairs
    • Weston Adams, Co-Chair Energy Industry Group & Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough
    • Bryan Stone, President & Chief Operating Officer, Lockhart Power
  • Mike Callahan, State President – South Carolina, Duke Energy

CRITICAL CONTEXT – Presentations

10:00 am  South Carolina’s 2021 State Energy Action Plan: An overview of activities, accomplishments, and opportunities - Presented through an educational partnership with the SC Office of Regulatory Staff – Energy Office

Despite the complications of COVID, the Energy Office has worked diligently over the past year to advance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and clean transportation in our state.  In this session, they will present an overview of these efforts, including comprehensive, stakeholder-engaged planning initiatives such as the Energy Efficiency Roadmap and Electric Vehicle Stakeholder Initiative.  Their overview will form a solid foundation for the entire day’s conversations on Setting the Pace for Decarbonization & Reliability through Clean Energy.

  • Sara Bazemore, Director, Energy Office – South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff

10:30 am   South Carolina’s Electricity Market - Sponsored by Nelson Mullins

Regulatory actions in Washington, DC, and legislative actions in Columbia, SC, could reshape the South Carolina electricity market.  Hear the latest on actions at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the South Carolina Legislature from:

  • Eddy Moore, Energy & Climate Program Director, Coastal Conservation League
  • Blan Holman, Vice President-Regulatory Affairs, PineGate Renewables
  • Nelson Peeler, Senior Vice-President, Transmission and Fuels Strategy and Policy, Duke Energy
  • Moderator: Weston Adams, Co-Chair Energy Industry Group & Partner, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough

11:45 am   Introduction of Santee Cooper Solar Ambassadors from Coastal Carolina University

  • Pamela Williams, Chief Public Affairs Officer and General Counsel, Santee Cooper

12:00 pm         Networking Lunch Sponsored by Lockhart Power

- Remarks - Bryan Stone, President, Lockhart Power

CRITICAL CONVERSATION– Panel Discussions

12:30 pm  Global Decarbonization and Sustainability Requirements driving Local Change for Manufacturers & their Supply-Chain Partners - Sponsored by Alder Energy Systems

Manufacturers with South Carolina locations are increasingly facing time-driven decarbonization needs based on international or national corporate expectations, even mandates.  Hear from those companies providing leading-edge decarbonization solutions and the companies looking to make use of them.

  • Craig Knowlton, Vice President of Business Development, Alder Energy Systems
  • David Owens, Regional Environment, Safety & Health Manager, Spirax-Sarco
  • Wendi Fleener, Manager- Renewable Attribute Solutions, Duke Energy
  • Maurie Lawrence, Sustainability Director, Associate General Counsel, Milliken & Company
  • Moderator: Taylor Speer, Shareholder, Turner Padget Graham & Laney

2:00 pm        Networking Break -Sponsored by Wilson Engineering Services

  • Remarks from Sponsor

2:30 pm   Decarbonization and Reliability as Enablers of Economic Growth & Resilience Sponsored by Central Electric Power Cooperative 

The clean energy transition promises a reduction in carbon emissions from power generation which will require an increasing focus on the power grid.  An added benefit of this focus is operational resilience, benefiting both storm-prone communities and the state as a whole.

  • Pamela Martin, Founder & Executive Director, United Nations Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development
  • Jay Oliver, Managing Director, Grid Systems Integration, Duke Energy
  • Gary Melow, Southeast Biomass Coalition
  • Ben Duncan, Director, SC Office of Resilience
  • Moderator: Scott Hammond, Manager of Member Program, Central Electric Power Cooperative

4:00 pm           Energy Sector Talent Development

4:30 pm           Closing Remarks

4:45 pm Reception in Desantis Pavillion -Sponsored by Dominion Energy

7:00 pm           Dutch-Treat Outdoor Dining @ GatherGVL