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7th Annual Sustainable Energy Conference
April 20-21, 2010

McKimmon Center
Raleigh, NC





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Ameresco, Inc. logo

Biofuels Center of NC

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Progress Energy


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North Carolina's Electric Cooperatives logo

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NC Farm Bureau of North Carolina

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NC Sustainable Energy Association

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Praxis Technology logo

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Keynote speakers at this year's conference:

Harry Wingo, Google

Harry Wingo, is a Policy Counsel in Google's Washington, DC office. In his present role he focuses on energy and cybersecurity policy for Google. Prior to joining Google he was Vice President of Government and Regulatory Affairs at Current Group, a smart grid company.

Mr. Wingo has also been Counsel to the Senate Commerce Committee, a Special Counsel in the General Counsel's Office of the Federal Communications Commission, a communications law associate at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, as well as a Judicial Clerk for the Honorable James Robertson, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Mr. Wingo has been involved in policy discussions concerning smart grid and other clean energy technologies. Mr. Wingo holds a Juris Doctor degree from the Yale Law School and a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Science from the United States Naval Academy. Before starting a career in technology law and policy, he was a Navy SEAL officer for 6 years.

Dr. Henry Kelly
Dr. Henry Kelly, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. In his prior post, Dr. Kelly served as the President of the Federation of American Scientists where he led a team that conducted analysis and advocacy on science, technology and public policy, including global security issues, energy policy, and learning technology. Dr. Kelly has served in a variety of government positions. For seven years he worked in the Clinton White House as the Assistant Director for Technology for the Office of Science and Technology Policy. There he helped negotiate and implement administration research partnerships in energy and the environment, information technology, and learning technology. These partnerships included new automobile and truck technology, housing technology, bioprocessing technology, and information technology. Before his tenure at the White House, he was a senior associate at the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment; assistant director for the Solar Energy Research Institute; and worked on the staff of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency. Dr. Kelly is returning to EERE, where he worked as a Special Assistant and Senior Scientist early in his career. He was also the Assistant Director at the Solar Energy Research Institute (the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's predecessor). Dr. Kelly is an elected fellow of the American Physical Society, 2002 winner of the APS's Leo Szilard Lectureship Award for "promoting the use of physics for the benefit of society," and was named the biannual "Champion of Energy Efficiency" in 2000 by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy. He is the author of numerous books and articles on issues in science and technology policy. Dr. Kelly has a Ph.D. in Physics from Harvard University and a Bachelors of Science in Physics from Cornell University.

Nate Hurst, Walmart Director Public Affairs and Government Relations – Sustainability. Based in Washington, DC, Nate is the Director of Sustainability and part of Walmart's business strategy team that focuses on sustainability initiatives. Nate executes a proactive internal and external communications strategy that helps advance Walmart’s overall business initiatives with a particular focus on state and local political issues and environmental public policy. He provides overall strategic sustainability support for Walmart’s operational and real estate/growth objectives. Prior to joining Walmart Nate worked for Hewlett-Packard where he developed a strategic plan that better aligns external partnerships to Global Citizenship goals and business objectives while addressing critical stakeholder concerns. As a national spokesperson for The Ocean Conservancy he developed ideas, strategies, and goals for advocacy and advanced policy agendas through government relations. At the White House, Nate sat on a small team responsible for advising the President and Vice President on environmental policy. He helped develop the Administration’s environmental agenda, and designed and implemented an extensive outreach plan for that agenda. His international experience includes representing the White House and the United States as a member of official delegations to four countries. Nate received his Masters from the University of California – Berkeley and his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech University.

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Etan Gumerman, Duke University, coauthor of the recently released report, "Energy Efficiency in the South"

Etan recently joined the Nicholas Institute as a scientific engineer. He is currently performing technical analyses for Utah’s Blue Ribbon Advisory Council on Climate Change. He will also be working with USCAP.

Before joining the Nicholas Institute, he was involved with wide range of energy and climate change policy projects. At Lawrence Berkeley National Lab he was the lead modeler and analyst for the Scenarios for a Clean Energy Future project, coordinating the efforts of scientists at five national laboratories.

He has investigated appliance standards’ effects on energy, load shapes, peak effects, and emissions. He has worked with California’s Air Resources Board evaluating the effectiveness of California’s Smog Check program.