Energy Speaker Series: Each semester the Energy Initiative brings nationally and internationally known energy experts to Duke to discuss current and relevant issues facing our country and the world. These speakers offer members of the university community the opportunity to engage in topics across the energy spectrum.

Energy Research Seminars: This new series will allow groups of faculty, researchers and students from Duke and other universities to learn about and receive feedback on new scholarly energy research. Duke seminar organizers may apply for Energy Initiative support by completing and submitting the co-sponsorship application form.

2013 Energy MixConferences: The Energy Initiative organizes or cosponsors several conferences during the academic year. Decisionmakers and leading experts from the business, policy and academic community meet for a day or more of in-depth discussions of specific energy issues.

Energy Mix: Meet businesspeople, faculty, entrepreneurs, students and other members of the local energy community who are interested in the future of energy at our monthly mixers. Check our Facebook and Twitter feeds as well as our events calendar for dates and locations.

Power Lunches: Energy professionals, entrepreneurs and other guests join Duke students and faculty for small-group discussions of issues relating to their work. These events usually require advance sign-up for the limited number of available seats. Duke students are given precedence; outside guests may register to be put on a waiting list for available seats.

Power Trips: The Energy Initiative and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions co-host these trips to innovative energy facilities on the Duke campus, across the region and elsewhere in North Carolina. Power Trips last from 1.5 to 3 hours for campus tours to a half-day or full day for visits to other locations. Transportation is provided; registration is required. Power Trips are intended for students, though Duke faculty and staff may attend if we have space. Trips are not open to the public.

Non-credit classes: Beginning with the Energy Industry Fundamentals workshop at the start of each fall semester, the Energy Initiative sponsors or co-sponsors occasional not-for-credit classes on various energy topics. These classes, which may occur once or in a short series of meetings, will be listed on this Events page and in Currents, the biweekly student newsletter, as they are scheduled.


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Upcoming Events:

Latest update 2014-08-29. All events are on the Duke campus unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, Sept. 3: Power Trip: Duke University Chilled Water Plant
Co-sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
With the summer heat still in full effect, it’s an ideal time to check out Duke's chilled water plant, which provides cooling services to West Campus. This guided tour will provide an in-depth look at one of Duke’s most innovative energy facilities. The trip is for Duke students and is limited to the first 15 participants; additional registrants will be added to a waiting list. Duke faculty and staff may attend if spaces are available.
10-11:30 a.m.
Tour group will meet on West Campus, details TBA.
Registration is full. Click here to be added to the waiting list.

Wednesday, Sept. 10: Power Lunch with Jim Rogers
Jim Rogers, retired chairman and CEO of Duke Energy, will present a lunchtime talk on "New Regulatory and Business Models for Utilities in the 21st Century,' with Q&A to follow. Power Lunches are presented for current Duke students. Other guests will be admitted if seats are available.
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Room 100A, Gross Hall
Registration is full. Click here to be added to the waiting list.

Friday, Sept. 12: Cleaning up Cookstoves in India: Impacts, Opportunities and Challenges
The TISS/NCSU Energy and Security Initiative continues its Energy and Security Luncheon Series as Andrew Grieshop, an assistant professor of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering at N.C. State, the environmental and energy impacts of cookstove use in less-developed countries. For more information, visit
11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Room 129, 1911 Building
North Carolina State University, Raleigh
Registration is required by Sept. 9; click here to sign up.

Friday, Sept. 19: Duke Start-Up Challenge: Grand Finale
The Duke Start-Up Challenge is a year-long entrepreneurship competition with an entry pool of over 100 Duke student teams. After elimination rounds through the year and participation in the Summer Innovation Program, seven teams -- including 501Carbon, winner of the $10,000 Clean Energy Track prize -- remain in the fifth annual competition and will give their final pitch to win the $50,000 Grand Prize. The evening will also feature keynote speaker Max Hodak E’12, founder of Transcriptic. This event is part of Entrepreneurship Week at Duke.
8 p.m.
Geneen Auditorium, Fuqua School of Business
Registration required. Click here to register.


Previous Events:

Thursday, Aug. 28: Energy Industry Fundamentals
The Energy Industry Fundamentals Conference brings academics and practitioners from across the energy industry to provide Duke students with an overview of the industry, its challenges and opportunities, and where it is headed. A few of the many topics covered include oil and gas, the electric power sector, renewable energy, project finance, and career opportunities. This one-day intensive is designed to provide a broad introduction to the major themes and current issues of the global energy industry.

Thursday, Aug. 28: Energy Mix
The Energy Initiative and our co-host, the Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster, welcomed the Duke energy community back to campus with our monthly social and networking reception for students, businesspeople, policymakers, faculty and other colleagues. Matt Zafuto, vice president of Corporate Strategy and Business Development at Sensus and vice-chairman of the RTCC board of directors, and RTCC secretary/treasurer Tim Fairchild, director of the Global Utilities practice at SAS, told us about the RTCC and the Grand Challenges for Engineering. Guests at this Energy Mix included RTCC members, students attending the Energy Industry Fundamentals course, and members of this year’s Bass Connections in Energy teams.


Highlights of Energy Initiative events in past semesters