EPIC Energy Seminar: Policy Impact on Clean Energy Technologies in NC

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February 18, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
EPIC 1332

During the Fall and Spring semesters, EPIC presents the Energy Seminar Series with speakers from around the region. These experts share valuable information and their insight into trends and news that are related to energy. Seminars are free and are open to all. Space is limited and pizza is provided, so please be sure to register to attend.

Policy Impact on Clean Energy Technologies in NC

Abstract

Energy policy is the set of tools the government uses to frame energy markets – encompassing laws, regulations, judicial opinions, incentives, and strategic objectives – at the federal, regional, state, local and even individual utility levels.  This framing process is significantly impacted by how non-governmental stakeholders influence the governmental process through lobbying, regulatory intervention, public action, and individual choices.  Steve Kalland and the NC Clean Energy Technology Center's Policy Teamwork to understand these dynamics and to advance a clean energy economy by conducting objective research and analysis and providing education on best practices and technical assistance to governments on energy policy issues in NC, the Southeast, and nationwide.

Join us to hear about why policy has a huge impact on the market for clean energy technologies, often influencing demand, market access and compensation. Policies can accelerate the realization of clean energy benefits, including energy independence and resiliency, financial savings, local economic development, and improved environmental quality. However, existing policies tied to traditional energy technologies and business practices can be a barrier to the emergence of new technology in the marketplace.  Most importantly today, several trends are complicating the energy policy-making process:

  • the rapid emergence and (finally!) acceptance of societal problems resulting from how we have traditionally operated our energy system
  • the swift pace of developing new technology solutions
  • the convergence of previously separate industries into one new energy economy
  • the uncertainty of how we transition to a new energy economy without destroying historically valuable companies or leave economically disadvantaged citizens behind

These trends are creating an environment of tremendous uncertainty and urgency for change globally in energy markets and locally here in NC.  Steve's talk will focus on policy that impacts clean energy technologies in NC, how it affects technology development and deployment, and what policy means for those researching, designing, and implementing clean energy technologies.

Speaker

Steve Kalland, Executive Director of the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, has over 20 years of experience in the clean energy field. Steve directs the strategic vision of the Center and its programs, including activities in renewable energy, clean power, energy efficiency technologies, green buildings, and clean transportation. Programs range from technical assistance to economic development, public policy, STEM education, and workforce development. Mr. Kalland also serves as a primary liaison for legislative and regulatory requests at the Center and works closely with numerous state and local government agencies on energy policy initiatives. Mr. Kalland currently serves on the Board of Directors of the NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) and the Advisory Board of the Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) in Washington, DC and the Duke Energy State President's Advisory Council.  He is a past board member of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), the US Combined Heat and Power Association (USCHPA), and NC GreenPower. Previously, Steve was the director for Government Relations and Grid-Tied Markets at Xantrex Technology, Inc. (now part of Schneider Electric), executive director of the Maryland-DC-Virginia Solar Energy Industries Association (MDV-SEIA), and Director of State Programs and Policy Analysis at the national SEIA. Steve graduated in 1991 from the College of William and Mary and in 1993 from the University of Rochester (NY).

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