Southeast Renewable Energy - Presented by Infocast

Southeast Renewable Energy Returns Live in 2021!

The SOUTHEAST RENEWABLE ENERGY SUMMIT is taking place in-person once again!
After more than a year of virtual events, Infocast is ready to provide industry stakeholders and decision makers with the opportunity for safe, effective networking face-to-face.

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ABOUT THE SUMMIT

 

Meet In-Person the Utilities, Corporates and Other Market Players Who Are Driving the Renewable Buildout in the Southeast

Major utility and corporate commitments to reduce carbon emissions are driving extraordinary demands for growth in renewable energy procurements throughout the Southeast. Plus, this already frothy market seems poised for a major post-Pandemic surge due to the expansion of both federal and state decarbonization policies as well as the planned introduction of the Southeast Energy Exchange Market.

However, the past year has introduced new challenges to those looking to develop renewable energy projects in the Southeast. The Texas Freeze and other extreme weather events have raised concerns about the potential vulnerabilities of many projects, while the growth of solar itself is driving concerns about reliability in the energy transition. How will utilities incorporate their clean energy commitments into their IRPs, and will new types of deals drive corporate procurement strategies? What roles will both short-duration and long-duration storage play in assuring reliability in the energy transition? How will renewable developers deal with the lingering effects of the pandemic on project costs, and what strategies will be effective to position their projects and take advantage of new capital sources entering the market?

The 6th Annual Southeast Renewable Energy Summit is the event where the entire Southeast renewable energy community will gather in person to get the latest answers to these questions and to hear from the key players involved. It is your best chance to tap into the regulatory landscape, identify the top markets and to stay on top of where the next RFPs are going to come from.

85

Expert Speakers

Hear from top industry leaders and market stakeholders

18

Content-Packed Sessions

Gain highly-relevant, exclusive insights and updates

Premier Networking

Connect with key decision makers and get deals done

 
 

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WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

 

  • Renewable Energy Developers
  • Utilities
  • Co-Ops
  • Munis
  • Corporate Energy Buyers
  • Regulators
  • Financiers
  • Law Firms
  • Consultants
  • Solar and Storage Equipment Providers
  • EPCs
  • Service Providers

FEATURED SPEAKERS

 

Angelin Baskaran
Managing Director
MORGAN STANLEY

Noel W. Black
Vice President, Federal Regulatory Affairs
SOUTHERN COMPANY

Josh Brooks
Director & Council
NEW ENERGY ECONOMICS;
CEO
BROOKSFORM LLC
and Former Chief of Staff to Amory Lovins
ROCKY MOUNTAIN INSTITUTE

Meredith Chambers
General Counsel and Regulatory Compliance Officer
EDPR

Steve W. Chriss
Director, Energy Services
WALMART INC.

Eric Cohen
Managing Director - Renewable Energy Finance
FIFTH THIRD BANK

Hamilton Davis
Vice President of Markets and Regulatory Affairs
SOUTHERN CURRENT LLC

Andrew Foukal
President & CEO
EAST POINT ENERGY

Scott Gaskill
Director, Regulatory Affairs, Dominion Energy
DOMINION ENERGY

Chris Hansen
Vice President, Origination & Renewables
TENNESEE VALLEY AUTHORITY

Carson Harkrader
CEO
CAROLINA SOLAR ENERGY

Todd Hillman
Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
MISO

Elizabeth Ingram
Director, Regulatory Affairs
ENTERGY LOUISIANA

Kenneth Jennings
General Manager of Renewable Integration and Operations
DUKE ENERGY

Bubba McDonald
Commissioner
GEORGIA PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

Brandon Presley
Commissioner
MISSISSIPPI PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

Supria Ranade
Senior Director, Power Marketing
LIGHTSOURCE BP

Joshua Rogol
Chief Development Officer
STRATA SOLAR, LLC

Ted Thomas
Chairman
ARKANSAS PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

Johan Vanhee
Chief Commercial and Procurement Officer
ORIGIS ENERGY

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS

 

  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Alabama Public Service Commission
  • Arkansas Public Service Commission
  • Birdseye Renewable Energy
  • Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
  • Brooksform LLC
  • Carolina Solar Energy
  • Carolinas Clean Energy Business Association
  • Coastal Conservation League
  • Crestmark, a division of MetaBank
  • Duke Energy
  • Dominion Energy
  • E4 Carolinas
  • East Point Energy
  • EDF Renewables
  • EDP Renewables
  • EDPR
  • Energy Exemplar
  • Entergy Louisiana
  • EOS Capital Advisors
  • Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
  • Federal Pacific
  • Fifth Third Bank
  • Foss & Company, Inc.
  • Fox Rothschild LLP
  • Georgia Large Scale Solar Association
  • Georgia Public Service Commission
  • Green Power EMC
  • GreenGo Energy US, Inc.
  • Gulf States Renewable Energy Industry Association
  • Kairos Government Affairs
  • KeyBanc Capital Markets
  • LaBella Associates
  • Lacuna Sustainable Investments, LLC
  • Leyline Renewable Capital, LLC
  • Lightsource BP
  • Lineage Logistics
  • Live Oak Bank
  • Lockhart Power
  • Madison Energy Investments
  • McGuireWoods Consulting LLC
  • McGuireWoods LLP
  • MISO
  • Mississippi Public Service Commission
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Nelson Mullins Riley
    & Scarborough LLP
  • Nexamp
  • NextEra Energy Resources
  • New Energy Economics
  • North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center
  • North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association
  • North Carolina Utilities Commission – Public Staff
  • Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP
  • Origis Energy
  • Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP
  • Pine Gate Renewables
  • PosiGen
  • Recurrent Energy
  • Repsol
  • RWE Renewables Americas, LLC
  • Sigora Solar
  • SolAmerica Energy
  • Solar Operations Solutions
  • Soltage
  • Southern Alliance for Clean Energy
  • Southern Company
  • Southern Current LLC
  • Southern Renewable Energy Association
  • Stonepeak Partners
  • Troutman Pepper LLP
  • United Community Bank
  • Virginia Renewable Energy Alliance
  • Vote Solar
  • Walmart Inc.

 

VENUE

 

Omni Charlotte Hotel
132 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202

**WARNING: Please do not book any guest rooms with 3rd Party Housing Companies for this event. Infocast does not partner with outside housing companies, so we advise that you only book guest rooms at the hotel using the details provided above.**

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McGuireWoods LLP

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McGuireWoods’ cross-discipline, cross-practice energy industry team brings together legal, policy, energy technology and business experience to meet the challenges our clients face. Our energy industry experience has been recognized for the depth of our bench (more than 100 interdisciplinary lawyers) and the extent of our experience. We have been serving some of our energy clients for nearly 50 years.

We advance our renewable energy clients’ interests by getting deals done, by helping clients successfully and creatively navigate the complexities and pitfalls in this dynamically evolving industry and by maximizing the value of various tax, energy, environmental rules, markets and governmental incentives available to the renewable energy industry.

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP has one of the world’s leading project finance and renewable energy practices. We represent developers, lenders, equity investors, manufacturers, technology companies and other sector participants in a broad array of energy and infrastructure projects, with a focus on the development, financing, operation, acquisition and disposition of renewable energy projects and renewable energy companies.

Our team has significant experience across all renewable energy technologies, including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, biofuel and hydroelectric projects and over the past year we have been lead counsel on the three largest renewable energy projects financed in the United States.

Crestmark

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Crestmark, the Commercial Finance division of MetaBank®, N.A., provides innovative B2B financial solutions nationwide. Founded by entrepreneurs in 1996, Crestmark has provided business financing for more than 25 years. Core solutions include asset-based lending, accounts receivable financing, lines of credit, term loans, factoring, government guaranteed lending, machinery/equipment financing and equipment leasing. With a focus on alternative energy activity, in the past year Crestmark provided creative development, construction and permanent loan solutions and tax benefit funding to more than fifty clients in the solar, fuel cell, and biogas sectors. Extensive experience spans other diverse industries; transportation, manufacturing, staffing, petrochemical, medical receivables, government contractors, hospitality/hotels, insurance agencies, and technology hardware/software. As part of MetaBank since 2018, with a mission of Financial Inclusion for All®, Crestmark approaches the needs of customers and business partners with the entrepreneurial insight of an independent – and the benefits, products, and services of a bank.

Energy Exemplar

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Energy Exemplar is the market leader in the technology of optimization-based energy market simulation. Our software suite, headlined by PLEXOS® and Aurora, is used across every region of the world for a wide range of applications, from short-term analysis to long-term planning studies. It is relied upon by hundreds of organizations worldwide to inform multi-million-dollar decisions. Our people continually think of novel approaches and more realistic simulations that enhance decision making, create market opportunities and enable utilities and regulatory authorities to become smarter, more energy efficient and profitable. Energy Exemplar continues to ‘push the envelope,’ being first-to-market with the latest advances in programming and energy market simulations, as it strives to offer the most comprehensive simulation software to its customer base. For more information visit www.energyexemplar.com

Eversheds Sutherland

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Our Renewable Energy practice has experience in a wide range of disciplines, from corporate/M&A to tax, and covers all of the renewable energy technologies, including onshore and offshore wind, solar, biomass, geothermal, biofuels and hydro. We have advised on more than 40GW of renewables projects globally, and more than 2.5GW of generating wind capacity in the past year alone.

Eversheds Sutherland provides the full range of legal services to a global client base ranging from small and mid-sized businesses to the largest multinationals, acting for 72 of the Fortune 100, 61 of the FTSE 100 and 120 of the Fortune 200. With more than 2,400 lawyers, Eversheds Sutherland operates in 66 offices in 32 jurisdictions. Eversheds Sutherland is a global legal practice and comprises two separate legal entities: Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP (headquartered in the UK) and Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP (headquartered in the US), and their respective controlled, managed, affiliated and member firms. For more information, visit eversheds-sutherland.com.

Fox Rothschild LLP

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FOX ROTHSCHILD LLP is a national law firm with 950 attorneys who provide a comprehensive suite of legal services in more than 70 practice areas. Our Renewable Energy & Project Development practice group helps clients explore new technologies and market opportunities while navigating the constantly evolving set of laws and regulations that govern this industry. We are experienced in all aspects of renewable energy projects and transactions. We serve a wide range of renewable energy sector clients, including: independent power producers developing renewable energy facilities and selling energy output; operating companies looking to purchase facilities; companies and institutions interested in purchasing renewable energy output from a third-party owned system or utility; and land owners looking to put their real property to use for renewable energy projects. Fox’s other core practices include Bankruptcy, Corporate, Entertainment, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Real Estate and Tax. Individuals and businesses – public, private and nonprofit; startup, family-run and multinational – receive our unwavering commitment to client satisfaction.

Leyline Renewable Capital

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Leyline provides development-stage capital for promising renewable energy ventures – leveraging millions in crucial early investments to propel game-changing projects worth billions. We do this by providing pre-construction funding for essential steps such as engineering work, impact studies, secure interconnection deals, and land acquisition for solar, wind, geothermal and anaerobic digestion facilities. Tackling the challenges of these early stages is critical for the success of any renewable energy project. That’s why, in addition to flexible capital, we also offer guidance based on decades of combined development experience, and generate creative solutions that account for the unique circumstances of each project.

Parker Poe

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Parker Poe’s Energy Industry Team guides clients through project development and finance, regulatory compliance and investigations, and joint ventures, mergers, and acquisitions. We are experienced before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the North American
Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and state utility commissions in the Southeast.

Our clients include independent power producers, renewable energy developers (solar PV, solar
thermal, wind, fuel cell, biomass, biogas, and geothermal), commercial and industrial energy
consumers, universities, financial institutions, tax equity investors, engineering,
procurement, and construction companies, electric and gas utilities, and electric cooperatives. We approach each project like our clients do: collaborating and assembling the skill sets needed to accomplish the task effectively and efficiently. 

Learn more at parkerpoe.com/renewable.

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

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Our alternative energy attorneys represent developers and financing parties in over 2,000 MWs of projects in the Carolinas and southeast. As opportunities shift to RTO markets for hybrid solar and other distributed energy resource projects, we have added RTO, FERC and state regulatory attorneys to guide clients through emerging revenue structures. We assist clients in regulated and RTO markets as stacked services revenue moves from theory to reality. Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP offers the strength and resources of attorneys and professional staff experienced in a range of services. We provide advice and counsel in for clients ranging from private individuals to large businesses, including many publicly held companies. Established in 1897, Nelson Mullins has more than 575 attorneys and other professionals with offices in 10 states and Washington, DC. For more information on the Firm, go to www.nelsonmullins.com.

Norton Rose Fulbright

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Chadbourne & Parke and Norton Rose Fulbright merged on June 30 to make a combined firm with 4,000 lawyers in 59 offices in 33 countries, including 400 working in the power sector of whom close to a 100 are in the United States.  The prestigious Chambers directory has consistently ranked the Chadbourne project finance team at the top of the US renewable energy market based on year-round interviewing of corporate law departments and peers at other firms.  The group did $53.5 billion in financings in the last two years.   Approximately 60% of the work of the group in each of the last 11 years has been in renewable energy. The group has worked on projects in more than 80 countries.

Troutman Pepper

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The energy industry is a key vertical and center of excellence at Troutman Pepper. We have been recognized as a “National Top-Tier” Energy Practice for eight consecutive years and received the 2020 “Law Firm of the Year” distinction for Energy Law in U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” edition, and our renewable energy practice has won nationwide recognition in the Chambers USA and The Legal 500 guides. We provide top legal advice to independent power producers, developers, lenders, utilities, industrial and government clients in energy-related businesses in the U.S. and internationally. We have extensive transactional, financing and regulatory experience in the electric power (including renewable energy), natural gas and water industries. The firm can bring to bear top transactional and regulatory practitioners in order to maximize the value of transactions in the heavily regulated energy space.

Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

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Bradley’s energy attorneys combine legal experience and technical knowledge with a sophisticated understanding of the solar PV industry. From project development and financing to construction and operation of utility-scale, C&I, and residential solar energy projects worldwide, we are proud to continue our tradition of excellence serving clients across the industry.

Our experience includes sophisticated analysis of constantly changing regulations and incentives, including tax credit applicability, REC eligibility, and appropriate project finance models and agreements that position projects for maximum returns on investment. We serve as lead counsel negotiating power purchase agreements, engineering, procurement, and construction agreements, design-build-transfer agreements, and operations and maintenance agreements. Our team provides valuable guidance regarding siting, permitting, environmental and real estate issues, and we regularly advise on issues that arise during plant operation, including warranty, labor and employment, intellectual property, and cybersecurity matters.

United Community Bank

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United Community Bank provides a full range of banking, wealth management and mortgage services for relationship-oriented consumers and business owners. United has $18.9 billion in assets and 162 offices in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee along with a national SBA lending franchise and a national equipment lending subsidiary. Known as “The Bank That SERVICE Built,” United has been recognized nationally for delivering award-winning service. In 2021, J.D. Power ranked United highest in customer satisfaction with retail banking in the Southeast, marking seven out of the last eight years United earned the coveted award. United was also named one of the “Best Banks to Work For” by American Banker in 2020 for the fourth year in a row based on employee satisfaction. Forbes recognized United on its 2021 list of the 100 Best Banks in America for the eighth consecutive year. Additional information about United can be found at www.ucbi.com.

Balch & Bingham

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Balch & Bingham represents electric utilities, independent power producers and investment funds that focus on a wide-variety of energy transactions and infrastructure development, where renewable energy is playing an increasingly vital role. The firm’s practice extends to each of the Regional Transmission Organization regions of the U.S., from New York to California. Our practice also covers the Southeast and Northwest regions.

Balch is frequently engaged by significant energy participants as counsel in all phases of the development and operation of renewable generation and battery storage projects, including EPC contracts, tax strategies, offtake agreements, FERC approvals, RTO requirements, mergers and acquisitions, interconnection, state regulatory approvals and environmental matters.

With a nearly 100-year legacy of service to the electric industry, Balch includes a team of 200+ attorneys throughout the Southeast, Texas and Washington, D.C., who remain committed to helping the next generation of industry participants prepare for and build a sustainable future.

LaBella Associates

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LaBella Associates provides expertise to developers and municipalities at all stages of renewable energy projects. From planning and property acquisition to environmental review, permitting, and the studies that may be necessitated from these processes, our team can guide you to an engineering-ready site. From there, our civil, electrical, and power transmission and distribution engineers can deliver technical solutions customized to local requirements. And if it’s solar you’re considering, our solar construction team can install a complete solar system at any size.

SolAmerica Energy, LLC

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SolAmerica Energy is a leading provider of turnkey solar energy and energy storage solutions, based in Atlanta, Georgia, specializing in the development and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) of ground-mount, rooftop, and parking canopy solar systems designed to meet the distributed generation needs of utilities and large commercial and industrial facilities. SolAmerica relies on best-in-class materials, operational excellence, on-time execution, and highly competitive pricing. Since its founding in 2009, SolAmerica has developed or constructed hundreds of megawatts of solar projects in 11 states and over 100 counties.

NextEra Energy Resources

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NextEra Energy Resources can help ensure business continuity by providing energy generation and storage solutions that will improve businesses’ resiliency so you’re not left in the dark during a Public Safety Power Shutoff.

NextEra Energy Resources is a subsidiary of NextEra Energy, a Fortune 200 company and the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. With more than 2,375 megawatts of operating assets in California, across more than 60 projects, NextEra Energy Resources has a deep-rooted presence in the state. We have experience working with both public and private customers and the State’s Utility Companies. Our assets span numerous solar, storage and solar + storage installations as well as linear generation projects. NextEra Energy Resources’ utility customers in California include Pacific Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric.

Sumitomo Mitsui Trust Bank, Limited

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Ingeteam

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Ingeteam is an international technological Group specialized in electric power conversion. Its state of the art developments in power and control electronics (inverters, frequency converters, controllers and protections), rotative electric machines (Indar motors, generators and submersible motor & pumps sets), systems (electromechanical engineering and automation projects), and services (operation & maintenance services), enables it to provide the best solutions in different sectors, namely: wind, solar PV, hydro and fossil fuel power generation; metal and mineral processing; mining; marine; rail traction; waters; e-vehicle charging and power grid automation. With a proven track record of over 20 years in renewable energy, Ingeteam has designed an extensive range of grid-connected and stand-alone PV and Storage inverters, marketed under the INGECON® SUN brand and with rated capacities from 2.5 to 7600KVA. Ingeteam has supplied more than 21 GW of INGECON® SUN inverters with the majority of these systems equipped for utility-scale multi-megawatt projects.

Federal Pacific

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Federal Pacific manufactures the GridConnex™ brand medium voltage grid tie switchgear for solar and battery energy storage. GridConnex™ switchgear can be used for switching, visible isolation, lock out, fault interruption, metering, monitoring, and line disturbance mitigation. GridConnex™ is an excellent opportunity to simplify, cost reduce, and declutter medium voltage service by removing pole mounted equipment. Federal Pacific also manufactures: 1) Dry-type transformers from .050 to 5,000 KVA, single and three phase, up to 25 kV, and 2) Medium voltage switchgear including air-insulated live-front, dead-front, SCADA-controlled, automatic transfer, primary metering and wall-mounted, pad-mounted, and metal-enclosed switchgear.

Foss & Company, Inc.

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myPV

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myPV® is a brand of intelligent solutions which represent decades of owner operator and development experience in utility scale solar and storage projects. In addition to our product line, we provide professional operations and maintenance services.

Since 2015, the myPV mission has been to remove barriers to project completion, reduce interconnection risks, and maximize energy yields by delivering intelligent products that provide data analysis for efficient commissioning and information-based operations. Our product line includes modular, adaptable products for interconnection, inrush mitigation, weather stations, networking, energy storage management, and monitoring and control – all powered by a cutting-edge intelligent platform. Each solution is designed to be simple to install, quality tested, and easily integrated with other equipment or programming interfaces.

We wanted smarter solutions, so we built them. Today, listening to our customers’ experiences, we continuously advance the myPV products and services to improve long term ownership, reliability, and capabilities.

Staubli

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The global demand for clean and safe renewables-based power generation continues to grow significantly and in this context photovoltaics (PV) plays a key role. With our expertise and our reliable electrical balance of system (eBoS) products – the lifelines of a PV system – we strongly support this movement and help you to set the foundation for safe, efficient and profitable PV assets.

As experienced specialist and market leader for electrical connectors in photovoltaics, we offer long-lasting quality components that help to reduce operational and maintenance cost. Safe and efficient products along the whole electrical PV supply chain provide reliability and increase the bankability of the project. Whether for on-board applications with high vibration resistance, e.g. connectors for batteries and inverters, or for infrastructure applications with high mating cycles: Stäubli ensures highest performance reliability and maximum safety.

Carolinas Clean Energy Business Association

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E4 Carolinas

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Gulf States Renewable Energy Industry Association (GSREIA)

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N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center (NCCETC)

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The N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center, at N.C. State University, advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies. It also administers the Database of Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE), a resource providing financial incentives and policies. The Center provides service to the businesses and citizens of North Carolina and beyond relating to the development and adoption of clean energy technologies. Through its programs and activities, the Center envisions and seeks to promote the development and use clean energy in ways that stimulate a sustainable economy while reducing dependence on foreign sources of energy, and mitigating the environmental impacts of fossil fuel use.

NC Sustainable Energy Association

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The NC Sustainable Energy Association (NCSEA) is​ a 501(c)(3) nonprofit membership organization of individuals, businesses, government, and nonprofits interested in North Carolina's sustainable energy future. Our mission is to drive policy and market development to create clean energy jobs, economic opportunities and affordable energy that benefits all of North Carolina.

Southeastern Wind Coalition

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Southern Renewable Energy Association

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Virginia Renewable Energy Alliance (VA-REA)

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Vote Solar

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RTO Insider LLC

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RTO Insider™ is your eyes and ears on the organized electric markets, putting you “inside the room” at PJM Interconnection, MISO, NYISO, ISO-NE and SPP. We provide independent, objective coverage and analysis of the wholesale electric industry’s markets and policymaking, saving you time and ensuring you don’t miss the issues most important to your interests.

Features include:

  • Coverage of key RTO/ISO committee, subcommittee and task force meetings. We’ll be there when you can’t.
  • Coverage of news events impacting the industry throughout the 35 states managed by the RTOs/ISOs.
  • Coverage of state and federal regulatory (FERC, EPA) & legislative news affecting RTO/ISO stakeholders.
  • Issue Briefs: Concise summaries of major issues (e.g., Order 1000, EPA’s 111(d) rule).

What RTO Insider isn’t: We are not advocates or representatives. You can trust that our coverage will not be slanted to the interests of any member or membership sector.

What RTO Insider is: A source for both the big picture (e.g. analyses of major FERC rulings and RTO stakeholder developments) and the details (why is Manual 28 being changed and what does that mean to me?)

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