From lectures by leaders in energy industry and government, to casual lunchtime discussions between energy students and professionals, to seminars and workshops where researchers present their latest work on a wide range of energy topics, the Energy Initiative presents numerous opportunities for the Duke community and the wider energy community to network, learn and explore.

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Upcoming Events:

Latest update 2015-06-23. All events are on the Duke campus unless otherwise noted.


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Previous Events:


Monday, June 22: Energy Mix
Our summer social and networking reception for students, businesspeople, faculty and other members of the local energy community was hosted in downtown Durham by 8 Rivers Capital.

Tuesday, May 5: Energy Mix
Our monthly social and networking reception for students, businesspeople, faculty and other members of the local energy community. This month's Mix welcomed Duke faculty and research staff who attended a research collaboration workshop earlier in the day.

Thursday, April 30: Durable Goods Demand and the Rationality of Consumers' Price Expectations: Evidence from Gasoline and Diesel
Part of the Duke Energy Economics and Policy Seminars. Cosponsored by Economic Research Initiatives at Duke
Research presentation by Ryan Kellogg of the University of Michigan's Department of Economics.

Thursday, April 23: The Private Net Benefits of Residential Solar PV and Who Gets Them
Cosponsored by the Duke University Energy Research Seminar Series and the Triangle Resource and Environmental Economics Seminar Series
Research presentation by Severin Borenstein, E.T. Grether Professor of Business Administration and Public Policy at the Haas School of Business and Co-Director of the Energy Institute at Haas at the University of California-Berkeley.

Tuesday, April 21: Energy Mix
Our monthly social and networking reception for students, businesspeople, faculty and other members of the local energy community. This month, the Energy Mix was held at the N.C. State Energy Conference in Raleigh.

Wednesday, April 15: Smart Growth – Opportunities for a Green Revolution
Part of the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions and the University Program in Environmental Policy seminar series. Cosponsored by the Duke University Energy Initiative.
Ralph Fuecks, a Heinrich Boell Foundation executive board member and former co-president of Germany's national Green Party (1989–1990), discussed how we deal with our current financial, resource scarcity, and climate crises by paying attention to their ecological and economical components. He explained how highly efficient technologies and an intelligent cycle of materials can in fact spur a shift to smart energy production, transportation, and urban development — a necessity if we want to secure the prosperity of a world population soon to reach 9 billion.

Tuesday, April 7: Energy Mentoring Conversations with Jim Rogers
Retired Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers discussed his career path and provide professional development advice to Duke students.

Monday, April 6: Increasing Energy Efficiency Through Community Engagement: Envision Charlotte Panel
Jim Rogers moderated a panel discussion focused on the City of Charlotte's Envision Charlotte program, which aims to build the most sustainable urban core in the nation. The program is a unique public-private collaboration that has created a global model for economic development, sustainability and quality of life. Envision Charlotte has connected all the office buildings in Charlotte’s center city to the electrical grid in order to measure energy as a single community with a single statistic, driving usage down with raised awareness and voluntary behavior change. The meaningful results have translated into reduced operating costs in the urban core, significant emissions reductions and an enhanced brand for recruiting and retaining businesses and talent. This approach is being emulated in other major cities and has drawn inquiries from around the world, moving the concept of a smart city from vision to reality. Panelists were Robert Phocas (Energy and Sustainability Manager, City of Charlotte), Tom Shircliff (Co-founder, Intelligent Buildings, LLC), Kevin Franklin (Director of Customer Facing Operations, Duke Energy), Robert C. Vail (Senior Vice President, Bank of America) and Curt Radkin (Corporate Properties Sustainability Strategist, Wells Fargo).

Friday, Mar. 27: Women in Energy Panel
A panel of energy professionals discussed opportunities for women in the energy sector, then moderated breakout sessions focused on specific energy sectors. Panelists included Emily Felt (Business Development Manager, Duke Energy), Brittany Goff (Energy Management, GE Industrial Solutions), Maria Kingery (Co-founder and CEO, Southern Energy Management), Rebecca Stamps (Senior Product Manager, GE Industrial Solutions), Kiersten Williams (Vice President, G&S Business Communications), Betsy McCorkle (Director of Government Affairs, North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association), Elizabeth Pratson (Department of Physics, Elon University) .

Wednesday, Mar. 25: Short Course with Rick Larrick (non-credit)
What is the best way to present energy information to consumers so that they understand it? How can you motivate consumers to save energy? This non-credit short course, led by Fuqua professor Rick Larrick, reviewed recent work in psychology and behavioral economics on how to help consumers make better decisions. Participants also discussed specific business and policy examples and brainstormed new applications.

Friday, Mar. 20: Power Trip: Piedmont Biofuels
Co-sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Students toured the Pittsboro renewable energy facility and other businesses on its campus.

Wednesday, Mar. 4: Power Lunch with Art Smith
Art Smith, president of Triple Double Advisors, LLC, presented a brief talk followed by discussion.

Friday, Feb. 27: Energy Mentoring Conversations/Power Lunch with Mark Florian
Mark Florian, managing director of First Reserve, discussed career pathways in energy, then presented a brief talk on "Energy Investing in a Dynamic Market."

Friday, Feb. 13: Power Trip: Raleigh
Co-sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
This tour of innovative energy facilities in Raleigh included N.C. State's PULSTAR reactor and Advanced Energy.

Thursday, Feb. 5: Power Lunch with Rob Jacobs
Rob Jacobs, CEO of Caird Energy, LLC, made a presentation and took questions from students.

Thursday, Jan. 22: Power Trip: Campus Steam Plant
Co-sponsored by the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
Our spring slate of Power Trips kicked off with a guided tour of the West Campus Steam Plant.

Wednesday, Jan. 21: Energy Mix
Our monthly social and networking reception for students, businesspeople, faculty and other members of the local energy community. This month's Mix welcomed guests from the Energy Career Panel hosted by the Duke Energy Club for undergraduate students, and the Bass Connections open house.


Highlights of Energy Initiative events in past semesters