Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Daily Agendas:

Tuesday, May 5 | Thursday, May 7 | Friday, May 8

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Conference Registration

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Board of Directors Meeting

Carolina D & E

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Opening Session

Symphony Ballroom

Welcome & Remarks

  • Paula Jackson, President & CEO, American Association of Blacks in Energy
  • Michael D. Barnes, Mayor Pro Tem, City of  Charlotte
  • Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, Vice President Corporate Public Affairs, Duke Energy
  • Eric Arnold, Residential Segment Manager, Southern Company
  • LaQuisha Parks, Manager Business Excellence, Duke Energy

State of Energy in Black America

  • George Williams, President & CEO, PMI Energy Solutions and Chairman of the Board, American Association of Blacks in Energy

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM

Key Note Address Energy: Empowering a Generation

Symphony Ballroom


  • Clarie A. Nelson, PhD., Ideation Leader, The Futures Forum

2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Forecast 2030 Clean Energy, Sustainability and Diversity

Symphony Ballroom

What are the future sources of energy in the next several decades/years? Will fracking and LNG become even more dominant players? How does nuclear factor in? How diverse will the energy generation mix need to be in the coming years – including renewables? How will new environmental regulation affect future generation mix? How will the industry find the talent and skills necessary to overcome the unprecedented change that is facing the energy industry?


  • Stephen A. Byrne, Executive Vice President, SCANA Corporation & Chief Operating Officer and President, Generation and Transmission, South Carolina Electric & Gas Company

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM


3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

All Energy is Local

Symphony Ballroom

Hear from local legislators and policy makers about how they implement energy policy to better serve their communities.


  • Senator Joel M. Ford, North Carolina State Senate
  • Jacob Williams, Global Analyst, Peabody Energy


  • Richard Thigpen, Vice President, State Government Affairs, Public Service Electric & Gas (invited)

4:30 PM – 4:45 PM


4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Today, Tomorrow, Beyond: A Discussion on Distributed Generation

Symphony Ballroom

The advance of distributed generation technologies in both the residential and commercial markets is expected to promote change and challenges. This panel discussion will focus on the trends associated with distributed generation, the challenges and the impacts to business and communities.


  • Matthew C. Whitaker, PhD., Principle Partner and CEO, The Whitaker Group, L.L.C.
  • Roddy Diotalevi, Senior Director, Sales and Marketing, UIL Holdings
  • Dr. Lawrence Jones, Vice President, Utility Innovations & Infrastructure Resilience at Alstom Grid


  • Philip Bennett, Partner, Mogel & Sweet, LLP

6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Chairman’s Reception

BB&T Ball Park

9:00 PM – 1:00 AM

Hospitality Suite

The Float Room