EPIC Energy Seminar: Natural Gas and the Shale Revolution

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February 25, 2020 - 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
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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 students, faculty, industry partners, and friends of EPIC, and pizza is provided. Space is limited, so please be sure to register to attend.

Natural Gas and the Shale Revolution


Natural gas has been transformed as a commodity thanks to the technological advancements in drilling. The impact of this commodity transformation can be recognized in energy markets, in electric bills, in regions around the United States and the world, and in global politics. The transformation of natural gas will be discussed and the position that the United States now has in the world energy markets thanks to the shale revolution. Advances in renewable natural gas will also be discussed.


As senior vice president of Duke Energy’s natural gas business, Sasha Weintraub is responsible for the company’s regulated natural gas operations in the Carolinas, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. In addition, he leads the gas commercial operations, which includes supply, wholesale marketing, transportation, and pipeline services, field customer service, sales and delivery, and business development. 

Previously, Weintraub served as Duke Energy’s senior vice president of customer solutions. In this role, he was responsible for aligning customer-focused products and services to deliver a personalized end-to-end customer experience that positions Duke Energy for long-term growth.  His duties included retail programs, enhanced basic services, rate design and analysis, customer regulatory strategy and analytics, and data analytics. He served in this role from 2015 to 2018.   

Prior to that, Weintraub served as senior vice president of market solutions for Duke Energy. In addition to the above, he was responsible for economic development, large business customers and wholesale power sales for the company. Weintraub has also served as vice president, fuels and systems optimization, for Duke Energy. In this role, he led the organization responsible for the purchase and delivery of coal, natural gas, and oil to Duke Energy’s generation fleet, as well as the wholesale trading function related to power and natural gas. He managed the fleet and system optimization, energy supply analytics, and power trading and dispatch functions. 

He joined Progress Energy in 1999 and held various leadership roles, including director of business operations and strategic planning, and as an operational auditor for Progress Energy Service Company. From 2003 to 2005, he was director of coal marketing and trading, where he managed the marketing activities of the unregulated coal and synthetic fuel operations of Progress Energy. In 2005, he became vice president of fuels and power optimization for Progress Energy. Following the Duke Energy/Progress Energy merger in July 2012, he was named vice president of fuels and systems optimization. 

A native of New York City, Weintraub earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a master’s degree in engineering from Columbia University and a doctorate degree in engineering from North Carolina State University. He is also an adjunct professor at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Weintraub has attended several Advanced Management courses at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Duke University. He also completed an executive nuclear technology course at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Weintraub is a board member of Envision Charlotte. He also serves on the advisory board for the Morehead Planetarium.  


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