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.

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. Read more about Power Trips.

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.


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Upcoming Events:

Latest update 2014-06-23. All events on the Duke campus unless otherwise noted.

SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, Aug. 28: Energy Industry Fundamentals
The intensive course is designed to provide a broad introduction to the major themes and issues of the global energy industry. It brings academics and practitioners from across the energy industry to discuss topics including oil and gas, renewable energy, project finance, international development, and the electricity grid.
The course is open to Duke students only. Registration information will be added when it is available.

Thursday, Aug. 28: Energy Mix
We'll welcome the Duke energy community back to campus with our monthly social and networking reception for students, businesspeople, policymakers, faculty and other colleagues. Additional details to come.
5-7 p.m.
Energy Hub (Gross Hall atrium)

Previous Events:

Thursday, June 19: Energy Mix
Our summer social and networking reception for students, businesspeople, faculty and other members of the local energy community, hosted in downtown Durham by 8 Rivers Capital.

Tuesday, May 6: Energy Mix
Our monthly social and networking reception for students, businesspeople, faculty and other members of the local energy community.

Tuesday-Wednesday, April 22-23: Advancing North Carolina's Diverse Energy Economy; the N.C. Sustainable Energy Conference.
The 11th annual N.C. Sustainable Energy Conference is known by energy professionals from around the region as an essential gathering for networking, professional enrichment and inspiration. A catalyst of the energy economy in North Carolina, speakers, panelists, exhibitors and sponsors engage in this two-day event, and come away with real knowledge and valuable contacts. The lunchtime keynote address on Tuesday was delivered by Richard Newell, director of the Duke University Energy Initiative.

Tuesday, April 22: Energy Mix
We brought the Energy Mix on the road! As a cosponsor of the 11th annual N.C. Sustainable Energy Conference, the Energy Initiative held its monthly mixer for energy students, educators, researchers, entrepreneurs, businesspeople and other colleagues on the first evening of the Conference at N.C. State University's McKimmon Center in Raleigh.

Dan Poneman

Monday, April 21: Energy Speaker Series with Daniel Poneman: Energy Security in the Era of Climate Change
Co-sponsored by the Energy Initiative, the Sanford School of Public Policy, and the Duke University Program in American Grand Strategy
Climate change poses a growing threat to American energy security, adding an increasingly urgent layer to an already complex geopolitical issue. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman outlined the challenges and set out the vision and necessary actions for a future where Americans will drive the innovations and investments that will promote jobs and prosperity while addressing our technological, environmental and security needs. A video of this event is available on our YouTube channel.

Tuesday, April 8: Power Lunch: Current Trends in Upstream Oil and Gas
Raul Camba, a Vice President with Schlumberger Business Consulting, will discuss how the upstream oil and gas industry has evolved over the last decade. Discoveries through better technology have allowed the world to revert declining resource trends but, in spite of historic high oil prices, the profitability of oil and gas companies is going down. Camba (who has extensive experience advising oil and gas companies on strategic planning, operations, maintenance, and capital execution) will explore why this is happening and what can be done to address it.

Monday, April 7: The Future of the Electric Grid
Co-sponsored by the Duke University Energy Initiative, the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and GridWise Alliance
A panel of experts from the electric utility, information technology and smart grid sector will discuss the future of the electric grid. The panel will explore upcoming changes to the electric grid and the policy questions that surround these upgrades. Discussion will also focus on grid security, outages, and consumer-side demand as upgrades take hold. Panelists will include Becky Harrison, CEO, GridWise Alliance; Melanie T. Miller, Manager of New Technology Evaluation, Duke Energy; Steven Hauser, President, New West Technologies; and Eric Lightner, Director of Federal Smart Grid Task Force, U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Electricity Delivery and Reliability.

Wednesday, March 26: EDGE Forum: Cleantech in China
The Center for Energy, Development and the Global Environment (EDGE) and its event partners hosted the 2014 EDGE Forum focusing on Cleantech in China: Energy, Environment and Innovation. Executives, entrepreneurs, and investors gathered with Duke students and faculty to learn more about the business opportunities and realities of addressing energy and environment in China. Visit the event website for more details.

Wednesday, March 26: Energy Mix
Our monthly social and networking reception for students, businesspeople, faculty and other members of the local energy community. This month's Mix was held at the Fuqua School of Business in conjunction with the EDGE Forum: Cleantech in China.

Friday, March 21: Power Lunch: Energy Trading with Rob Gabbard
Co-sponsored by the Nicholas School Energy Club and the Duke MBA Energy Club
This talk with Robert D. Gabbard Jr. will offer a high-level overview of power markets with a more granular glimpse into the largest and most liquid power market in the United States. It will cover fundamental aspects of trading around power plants along with some insights into the other commodities associated with the drivers in the value chain such as natural gas and coal. Gabbard is president of PPL EnergyPlus LLC, a subsidiary of PPL Corp., and has more than 20 years' trading experience.

Monday, March 17: Energy Research Seminar Series: The Next Evolution in Water Oxidation
Co-sponsored by the Energy Initiative and the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science
Electrochemical water oxidation may play a crucial role in future renewable energy systems for energy storage, fuel synthesis and integration with oxycombustion systems. Some outstanding challenges in efficiently oxidizing water remain, including the overly high energetic cost of water electrolysis, and the high cost of materials that perform moderately well. Professor John Kitchin of Carnegie Mellon University will discuss a simple model based on thermodynamics and parameterized by density functional theory that suggests there is an upper bound in the activity of oxide-based materials that may explain why substantially better materials have not yet been found, and that suggests what must be done to find better materials.

Friday, Feb. 28: Power Lunch: Interdisciplinary Research in Energy Efficiency
While many energy efficiency analyses have focused on either technical or economic potentials, fewer have taken a holistic approach assessing trade-offs across strategies, potential co-benefits, and issues related to how people perceived and choose technologies. Ines Lima Azevedo, assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University, discussed how to assess the potential and barriers to energy efficiency using interdisciplinary approaches.

Wednesday, Feb. 26: Power Lunch: Solar Energy Development and Construction
We talked with John Morrison, chief operating officer at Strata Solar, a solar development and construction company based in Chapel Hill. John joined Strata in 2010. He has served on the Advisory Council of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and is the former Assistant Secretary for Energy at the North Carolina Department of Commerce, where his primary responsibility was the development of North Carolina’s green economy.

Wednesday, Feb. 19: Power Trip: Raleigh energy businesses
This trip, co-sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, included visits to the FREEDM Center and ABB. Power Trips are for Duke students and require registration. Faculty and staff may attend if spaces are available, but the trips are not open to the public.

Tuesday, Feb. 11: Energy Mix
Our monthly social and networking reception for students, businesspeople, faculty and other members of the local energy community. This month's Mix was held in conjunction with the inaugural Energy in Emerging Markets Case Competition sponsored by the Duke MBA Energy Club, and featured the competition's awards presentation and keynote address. We also welcomed guests from the Duke Sustainable Business & Social Impact Conference.

Wednesday, Feb. 5: Power Lunch: An Open Forum on Global Energy and Geopolitics
A discussion with Joseph Stanislaw, founder of the advisory firm The JAStanislaw Group, which specializes in strategic thinking, sustainability and environmentally sound investment in energy and technology. Dr. Stanislaw is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an adjunct professor in the Nicholas School at Duke University, and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions.

Wednesday, Jan. 22: Power Lunch: The Road Less Traveled; An Alternate Path to Solar Entrepreneurship
Co-hosted by the new Duke Energy Club for undergraduates.
Harry Rozakis is Managing Partner of  Multi-technology Ventures International LLC (MVI). He shared his experience in more than 35 years of executive management and technology leadership in the semiconductor manufacturing industry and solar industry. Harry is a “serial entrepreneur” who has focused on turnarounds and start-ups, and has been the CEO of both publicly traded and privately held companies. He has spent a significant part of his career working in the Asia Pacific region, including setting up three manufacturing operations in China, as well as a semiconductor start-up in Vietnam.

Thursday, Jan. 16: Energy Mix
This month's Mix was co-hosted by RTI International, Southern Research Institute and Research Triangle Energy Consortium. Representatives of each group spoke with guests about their current work in energy research.


Highlights of Energy Initiative events in past semesters